Robert Duvall: "Young Actors Are Better Than Ever"

Season 5
Aired on 11/08/2015 | CC tv-14
Oscar® winner Robert Duvall has shared the stage and screen with some of the greatest actors of all time, including Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert Redford and Denzel Washington. And, while some may disagree with him, Robert contends that young actors taking Hollywood by storm today are better than ever.

"How much better can you be than Matthew McConaughey was in Dallas Buyers Club? My Lord," he says. "I think you can be a good actor coming from a sense of truth or a sense of lying. I think you can get good performances from both approaches."

Robert also believes good directors are better now than they once were. "I saw one of the old-time directors say to an actor, 'When I say action tense up, goddamnit.' I mean, you don't say that to Joe Montana in the Super Bowl, do you?" he asks. "There's a difference between intensity and tenseness, you know. But a lot of directors would say, 'Action!' and then have their fingers crossed, hoping they're going to come up with something."

Watch as Robert discusses the directing style of Francis Ford Coppola, the man behind the Godfather films, and shares his personal theories about acting.

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