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Blow-up Over Castro Visit (Robert Duvall blasts Spielberg for his toadying Castro jaunt)
NY Post (print edition only) | 1/7/04 | Michael Starr

Posted on 01/07/2004 6:37:07 AM PST by dead

Tough-guy actor Robert Duvall is blasting “presumptuous” Steven Spielberg for meeting with Fidel Castro in Cuba over a year ago.

“Spielberg went down there recently and said, ‘The best seven hours I ever spent was actually with Fidel Castro,’” Duvall tells Charlie Rose on tonight’s “60 Minutes II,” alluding to Spielberg’s November ’02 sojourn to Havana to screen eight of his movies there.

“Now, what I want to ask him – and I know he’s going to get p***ed off – ‘Would you consider building a little annex on the Holocaust museum or at least across the street to honor the dead Cubans that Castro killed?’”

“That’s very presumptuous of him to go there,” Duvall says. Rose then asks Duvall, 73, if he would deliver his message directly to Spielberg – who won an Oscar for directing the Holocaust movie “Schindler’s List” and is heavily involved in SHOAH, a Holocaust remebrance project.

“You bet, I’ll tell him that,” Duvall replies. “I’ll never work for at [Spielberg’s company] Dreamworks again, but I don’t care about working there, anyway.”


TOPICS: Cuba; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: castro; cuba; dreamworks; duvall; hollywood; hollywoodleft; holocaust; humanrights; spielberg; stevenspielberg
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1 posted on 01/07/2004 6:37:08 AM PST by dead
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To: All
How about that dweeb Charlie Rose asking Duvall, "Would you tell him to his face?" as if Duvall is worried about that little twerp Spielberg, either physically or professionally.

I think Rose is just confused to meet an actor who is neither a dumbass communist, nor a fawning sycophant for those who've made more money in the movie business than they have.

2 posted on 01/07/2004 6:39:52 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: dead
I love Robert Duvall. I think I have seen every one of his movies, even the bad ones.
3 posted on 01/07/2004 6:40:19 AM PST by SwatTeam
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To: dead
The best seven hours I ever spent was actually with Fidel Castro,

Spielberg now denies he said this. He claims it was reported by a Havana paper but that he never said it. I believe him there, but it doesn't change the fact that he spent a week hanging out with Fidel Castro.

4 posted on 01/07/2004 6:40:47 AM PST by Texas_Dawg (Few forums are home to as many people who despise our President as FR.)
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To: SwatTeam
I love Robert Duvall. I think I have seen every one of his movies, even the bad ones.

I don't recall any bad movies he has been in.

5 posted on 01/07/2004 6:43:18 AM PST by ActionNewsBill
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To: SwatTeam
Same here. I recently purchased a pvt of The Advocate and I'm looking forward to seeing if I like it as much the second time around. Classic Duvall.
6 posted on 01/07/2004 6:44:40 AM PST by sarasota
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To: ActionNewsBill
Well, The Apostle wasn't very memorable.
7 posted on 01/07/2004 6:44:55 AM PST by SwatTeam
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To: ActionNewsBill
A Simple Life? Excellent acting but the plot was a bit thin (for me).
8 posted on 01/07/2004 6:45:42 AM PST by sarasota
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To: sarasota
I hope you enjoy it. I just couldn't get into it like all his other movies.
9 posted on 01/07/2004 6:46:10 AM PST by SwatTeam
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To: SwatTeam
What's your favorite?
10 posted on 01/07/2004 6:46:40 AM PST by sarasota
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To: sarasota
Best line in True Grit, "thats big talk from an one eyed fatman"
11 posted on 01/07/2004 6:48:06 AM PST by hadaclueonce (shoot low, they are riding sheltlands.....)
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To: sarasota
I loved Lonesome Dove, all the Godfather movies and The Great Santini is one of my favorites. How about you?
12 posted on 01/07/2004 6:49:58 AM PST by SwatTeam
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To: SwatTeam
I thought The Apostle was brilliant. The best acting of his career.
13 posted on 01/07/2004 6:50:00 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: dead
His acting was great in the movie, like all hes movies, I just didn't care that much for the movie itself.
14 posted on 01/07/2004 6:51:49 AM PST by SwatTeam
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To: sarasota
What's your favorite?

I'd have to go with "Network", followed by "Days of Thunder".

15 posted on 01/07/2004 6:56:28 AM PST by ActionNewsBill
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To: dead
His spiritual love in this film just inspired me, in spite of his "evil ways". I've rarely seen such passion on film.
16 posted on 01/07/2004 7:01:26 AM PST by sarasota
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To: SwatTeam
Tender Mercies. Greatest acting performance I've ever seen.
17 posted on 01/07/2004 7:02:39 AM PST by TheBigB (...international law is whatever the United States and Great Britain say it is. - Ann Coulter)
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To: SwatTeam
I just can't choose. Each post reminds me of his brilliance!
18 posted on 01/07/2004 7:05:24 AM PST by sarasota
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To: Texas_Dawg
If Spielberg made the statement immediately upon it's being in the papers I would believe him, but I suspect his outrage at being exploited for propaganda is recent.

After all, we did hear Baba Walters rhapsodizing about how wonderful life is in Cuba....all that free education and free medical care you know.

19 posted on 01/07/2004 7:06:58 AM PST by OldFriend (Always understand, even if you remain among the few)
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To: SwatTeam
No Way. The Apostle was a great movie and so was Tender Mercies.
20 posted on 01/07/2004 7:07:11 AM PST by Paved Paradise
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To: SwatTeam
Well, The Apostle wasn't very memorable.

The Apostle was one of the best, if underrated, movies of the past ten years, IMO.

And only an actor of Duvall's caliber could've salvaged a movie like Falling Down.

21 posted on 01/07/2004 7:12:26 AM PST by skeeter (Fac ut vivas)
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To: OldFriend
If Spielberg made the statement immediately upon it's being in the papers I would believe him, but I suspect his outrage at being exploited for propaganda is recent.

I e-mailed the WSJ and got a reply with a link to a letter from his press agent denying the quote. It was a serious response and I believe the guy. The Cuban papers are insane, and Spielberg, as Left as he is, is probably at least smart enough not to have said something so dumb. But it doesn't change the facts of what he does admit to doing and saying on his trip to Cuba which are bad enough for me.

22 posted on 01/07/2004 7:16:59 AM PST by Texas_Dawg (Few forums are home to as many people who despise our President as FR.)
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To: All
Isn't it nice to know that Duvall is one of the Hollywood types from the old school?? I don't know about his politics, but this statement about Castro and Spielberg is wonderful, and he will remain on my best see list. My don't see list is long and getting longer. I won't watch or buy any pictures from the Blame America First Crowd and haven't for a long time, even before 9/11.
23 posted on 01/07/2004 7:18:34 AM PST by cousair
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To: sarasota

This is one bad ass Duvall flick!!!

24 posted on 01/07/2004 7:19:21 AM PST by Hazzardgate
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To: dead
Duval's headed to the black-list!
25 posted on 01/07/2004 7:19:36 AM PST by Guillermo (All Puns Intended)
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To: Hazzardgate
The Outfit was great.

Mel Gibson did a movie a few years ago, Payback, that had exactly the same story, though I don't think it was credited as a remake.

26 posted on 01/07/2004 7:24:24 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: dead
I have always thought him one of the best actors, not to mention the huge amount of sex appeal he still convey's across the screen.
27 posted on 01/07/2004 7:26:44 AM PST by MissAmericanPie
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To: dead
Robert Duvall has been one of my favorite actors for decades. Nice to know he also has the guts and class to speak what's on his mind.
28 posted on 01/07/2004 7:30:57 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Hazzardgate
I'll look for it and thanks for the heads up.
29 posted on 01/07/2004 7:35:40 AM PST by sarasota
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To: sarasota
I'm wondering if anyone has been Robert in "Let's Give Them Something to Talk About"? Another brilliant portrayal.
30 posted on 01/07/2004 7:36:57 AM PST by sarasota
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To: Guillermo
Duval's headed to the black-list!

He's blacklist proof. He's too big and too independent. That's the beauty of this. :)

31 posted on 01/07/2004 7:37:35 AM PST by veronica ("Clinton happens"....F. Lee Mark Levin)
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To: skeeter
I just reviewed his filmography in IMDb. For someone whose performances have been uniformly superb for four decades, there are surprisingly few of my personal favorite films. To Kill a Mockingbird and Sling Blade are certainly in that category. Tender Mercies is dear to my heart. I loved the scene in Rambling Rose when Laura Dern makes a pass at him but "Daddy" exhorts her to reclothe her breast.

In special mention category, as a young kid, I was impressed with Lucas' dystopic sci-fi student film THX 1138: Duvall starred in its disappointing feature version.

32 posted on 01/07/2004 7:47:05 AM PST by NutCrackerBoy
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To: NutCrackerBoy
"replace that titty ' was the line
33 posted on 01/07/2004 8:26:27 AM PST by Walkingfeather
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To: dead
I can't believe nobody's mentioned "Apocalypse Now" on this thread.

Good lord, he made killing commies and surfing look like fun.

34 posted on 01/07/2004 8:29:21 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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The greatest movie Robert Duvall was in was his first movie, "To Kill a Mockingbird". It obviously was not his biggest roll or, consequently, his best performance. "Tender Mercies" is his best acting job, IMO.
35 posted on 01/07/2004 8:47:28 AM PST by Your Nightmare
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To: Walkingfeather
"replace that titty" was the line

Actually I think it was "replace that tit."
36 posted on 01/07/2004 8:53:13 AM PST by Your Nightmare
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To: dead
Whoo hoo! A bump for Boo Radley!
37 posted on 01/07/2004 8:58:41 AM PST by Paradox (Cogito ergo boom.)
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To: NutCrackerBoy
I was impressed with Lucas' dystopic sci-fi student film THX 1138

So was I, but I don't believe I've seen the student version. It was remade as a feature.

38 posted on 01/07/2004 9:01:24 AM PST by js1138
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To: Your Nightmare
All. I loved " The Great Santinni" for obvious reasons, "Lonesome Dove" was fantastic, but thought " Secondhand Lions" one of his best. Semper Fi
39 posted on 01/07/2004 9:09:54 AM PST by gunner03 (just another grunt)
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To: ActionNewsBill
I don't recall any bad movies he has been in.

Though Sixth Day was a fairly standard action movie, his performance in that movie was fantastic.

40 posted on 01/07/2004 10:12:15 AM PST by Question_Assumptions
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To: Your Nightmare; Walkingfeather
I agree with Walkingfeather. The diminutive form was used (no offense meant to Laura Dern's figure).
41 posted on 01/07/2004 10:14:23 AM PST by NutCrackerBoy
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To: gunner03
Haven't seen "Second Hand Lions" yet but Duvall was Augustus McCrae, the way Peck was Atticus Finch, Gable was Rhett Butler etc.
42 posted on 01/07/2004 10:17:52 AM PST by Let's Roll (Support our brave troops as they protect us from evil.)
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To: sarasota
You didn't ask me, but I'll tell you anyway-- Lonesome Dove. It is absolutely outstanding, and Duvall did a fabulous job as Gus.
43 posted on 01/07/2004 10:21:58 AM PST by Clara Lou
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To: Question_Assumptions

Well, folks, SOMEONE'S got to post it:

Be Seeing You,

Chris

44 posted on 01/07/2004 10:22:48 AM PST by section9 (Major Kusanagi says, "Click on my pic and read my blog, or eat lead!")
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To: js1138
I should have used the word dystopian not "dystopic." For those who haven't seen THX 1138, Robert Duvall in the title role secretly begins flushing the state-mandated medication that all citizens are required to take. He gets his wife, LUH 3417, to do the same. They begin to feel feelings for the first time in their lives. But of course that is illegal. He has to go on the run from jackbooted thugs until the budget alloted to his recapture runs out.
45 posted on 01/07/2004 10:31:25 AM PST by NutCrackerBoy
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To: SwatTeam
I can't honestly remember seeing a "bad" movie Robert Duvall was in. But then again, his presence in the cast is one of my definitions of a "good" film.

True Grit, The Godfather, The Great Santini, Apocolypse Now, The Apostle and more recently Second Hand Lions are only a small part of his filmography. One of the three or four best living film actors. Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman round out my list and even compared with them he may be the best.

46 posted on 01/07/2004 10:34:44 AM PST by katana
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To: Angelus Errare
Ping.
47 posted on 01/07/2004 10:37:48 AM PST by Green Knight (Looking forward to seeing Jeb stepping over Hillary's rotting political corpse in 2008.)
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To: section9
Thanks, Chris.
48 posted on 01/07/2004 10:41:34 AM PST by sarasota
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To: dead
Now there's a movie that was painful to watch....
49 posted on 01/07/2004 10:43:00 AM PST by sarasota
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To: katana
I haven't seen "Second Hand Lions" yet but am looking forward to it. Did you see the one with James Earl Jones where Duvall finds out he has a half brother and it is JEJ? Can't remember the name of it but it was another one of my favorites.
50 posted on 01/07/2004 10:54:01 AM PST by SwatTeam
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