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>> announcer: "the late show" with stephen colbert! tonight a reawakening, plus stephen welcomes robert duvall, featuring jon batiste and "stay human." and now, liiive on tape from the ed sullivan theater in new york city, it's stephen colbert! ( cheers and applause) ♪ >> stephen: chris, chris! yeah. ( audience chanting stephen) >> stephen: hey!
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please have a seat, ladies and gentlemen! welcome, welcome one and all to "the late show." i'm your host stephen colbert, and i am so glad -- ( cheers and applause) -- so glad that quarantineif it's the only reason i can be with you all tonight, you wonderful live audience. ( cheers and applause) ( piano riff) nothing like a thursday crowd. >> jon: thursday crowd! >> stephen: but as nice as it is to be emerging from lockdown, there are a few downsides. here in new york to-go cocktails and alcohol delivery ends today. ( booing) see, new york? the people want their booooooze! ( cheers and applause) now, back at the height of the pandemic, the state changed the rules and allowed restaurants
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and bars to start selling alcoholic beverages to-go. but recently, governor cuomo declared that new york's state of emergency will end thursday. kicking off a new state of emergency where i can't get a bicyclist to bring me a margarita in a wet paper bag so i can sip it out of a promotional blue bloods coffee mug in my bathtub. ( laughter) otherwise known as thursday. speaking of new yorkers in desperate need of alcohol, there's bad news for former new york mayor and ( booing) paparazzi shot of dorian gray, rudy giulani. wait, jim, i want to go back. give me another. former new york mayor and big toe with dentures-- goblin who ate your teeth, squirrel who traded his nuts for a shot of vodka rudy giuliani.
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you may recall that earlier this year, mr. giuliani, while working for a certain former president, tried to screw american democracy. that's not a metaphor, he did it next to a sex shop. ( laughter) well, now, ladies and gentlemen, the dildos have come home to roost because-- ( laughter) earlier today, a new york appellate court suspended giuliani's law license. ( cheers and applause) >> jon: wow! wow! ( cheers and applause) >> stephen: sure, why not? this is a dramatic fall from grace. in the city he was mayor of, rudy giuliani can no longer practice law. and if last year has proven anything, it's that when it comes to law, rudy needs a lot of practice. ( laughter) giuliani was america's mayor. before that, he was the crusading federal prosecutor who
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busted up la cosa nostra. now, he's lost his career. how's he gonna eat? and more likely, drink? ( laughter) if he needs cash, he could always sell the fracking rights to his skull. ( laughter) ♪ upfrom the ground came a bubbling crudeer)ed his defense of his father. >> i am infuriated by all of this, and any american that believes in an independent justice system, this is going after one of president trump's closest allies. >> stephen: and furthermore-- ( cheers and applause) furthermore, the justice system framed this camera angle to make me look like an angry leprechaun-- now give me back me lucky charms! sorry, rudy-tooty, you were saying?
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>> i stand by my father. he did everything ultimately by the book. >> stephen: it's nice that he stands by his father. but next time, he might want stan that bo rudy's legacy isn't the only thing crumbling, so are our roads and bridges. but that might be changing. i'll tell you all about it in my new segment: "the road to, someday making a road open." last night, a bipartisan group of senators announced that they had agreed to close to $600 billion in new spending on roads, bridges and other traditional infrastructure projects. very important, for republicans to agree, those roads and bridges had to be traditional. i'm talking about one way streets, male roads, female bridges and tunnels, as god intended. don't try to sneak in one of those european roundabouts. i'm not into that lifestyle. that's an automotive reach- around. you don't fool me. ( laughter)
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this morning, senators went up to the white house to meet with biden, and after going over the details, the president emerged with an "histor-ish" announcement. >> we had a really good meeting and to answer your direct question, we have a deal. >> stephen: wow, a deal! that president is a real deal- maker he should write a book about makin' deals. call it something like the art of the joe. or the deal of the biden. or deal or no deal. something. i don't know. ( laughter) one person may have been feeling a little left out during that photo op, vice president kamala harris. ( laughter) ow! ow! damn. that's gotta hurt. okay, we're all taking a group photo. kamala, little to the left. little to the left. keep going. okay, get behind the pillar, and perfect, thank you, we're done. ( laughter) in a speech about the deal this afternoon, the president tried out a new rhetorical flourish. >> i don't in any way to dismiss what senator murphy says about
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the environment. i don't dismiss it at all. just remind him (whispering) that i wrote the bill. (stage whisper) on the environment. (normal talking) guess what, employers can't find workers. (stage whisper) yeah, pay them more. (normal talking) you said people are waiting for relief. (whispering) i got them. 1.9 trillion's relief so far. >> stephen: mr. president, you know i'm a fan, but the way you lean forward and whisper -- guess what? (whispering) it's a little creepy. a little creepy. ( laughter) nice catch. there's big news from the world of musictainment. talking about pop superstar and lucky cat next to the cash register, britney spears. talking about britney spears. britney has been under something called a conservatorship, which is a legal arrangement in which a court grants someone power to make financial and life decisions for another person.
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britney's main conservator has been her father, jamie spears, who has used his position to control every aspect of his daughter's life. he restricted everything from whom she dated to the color of her kitchen cabinets. (as dad) your honor, avocado cabinets with a terra cotta backsplash? clearly, she's a danger to herself and cupboards. a lot of people have spoken out in favor of britney, but there's one person we haven't heard from publicly: britney... until yesterday, when she testified in court and she said she's been intimidated and punished by her father, and her management team. and that they should be in jail. that's right. britney told the judge: (singing) ♪ they're not that innocent ♪ ( cheers and applause) spears said the conservatorship has total control over more than just her finances, explaining i have an i.u.d. inside of myself
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right now. i wanted to take the i.u.d. out so i could start trying to have another baby. but this so-called team won't let me go to the doctor to take it out. that is awful, and sexist as hell. i find it hard to believe that joey fatone would need a court's approval to take off his chastity belt. ( laughter) here's how messed up this situation is -- because she doesn't control her own money ms. spears has to pay for lawyers on both sides, including those arguing against her wishes in court. that's insane. everyone in her life is profiting from keeping her in this situation. i think this legal expert said it best in 2007: >> leave britney alone! ( cheers and applause) >> stephen: a prophet. britney had a clear request for the judge: i just want my life back. and it's been 13 years. and it's enough.
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yes, it's enough. and i have something to say to the court. your honor, this conservatorship over britney spears is "toxic." ( cheers and applause) the fact that this is legal is "criminal." ( cheers and applause) every time i think of the "circus" around her, i "scream and shout," because this is "crazy"iis s wanna go" because all these people want a "piece of me." but their response is just: "gimme more." britney, "don't cry." you are "stronger," than these "womanizer"s, and we are "lucky" to have you. jamie spears: your daughter deserves to be in control of her own "work, bitch." ♪ and anyone who doesn't think so is "crazy." i already used that one?
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well, "oops i did it again." ( cheers and applause) ♪ we've got a great show for you tonight, my guest is robert duvall. but when we come back, we bid adieu to the gentle giant of late night, conan o'brien. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ return to rugged. the all-new ruggedly redesigned 2022 nissan pathfinder.
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>> stephen: jon batiste and "stay human," everybody! ( cheers and applause) ♪ >> stephen: there you go! >> jon: yeah, yeah, yeah, hi!
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>> stephen: jon, i like the whole vibe. i like the band in that outfit. it looks like the band when you go to heaven and you're st. peter. something angelic about this >> jon: we're going to play that heavenly fiewks more them >> stephen: as you do every night. ladies and gentlemen, today marks a bittersweet milestone in the legacy of late night, because after 28 years and 4,368 episodes, conan o'brien's late- night run is ending. conan's had an amazing tenure-- it started way back in 1993, when he began hosting "late night" at the tender age of nine. following puberty, he moved to "the tonight show," and then spent 11 years at "conan" on tbs. not to mention his brief spinoffs, "conan the tank
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engine" and conarcos." tonight's his last show, but like a kid who keeps saying he's running away, he'll be back before you know it with "conan," a new weekly variety show for hbo max. conan and hbo max, which i assume is short for hbo max weinberg. and just to get ahead, i'd like to wish conan a fond pre- farewell for his upcoming triumphant decade on streaming, and the next eight years on gas pump tv plus network and his late 2040's run on "html" a microchip-infused jelly that's injected directly into viewers' amygdala. it really feels like the bear is masturbating directly into your brain. ( laughter) conan's a dear friend and a lovely fella. he has been nothing but a st advice for me as i took over a late night show, and i want to congratulate him on 24 incredible years and several perfectly fine ones as well. ( laughter)
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i hope he makes the most of his six days of retirement before starting work at hbo. i've asked one of my writers, brian stack, who worked with conan for many years, to come out here and share some memories of working for conan. brian, come on out here. brian stack, everybody. there you go. brian. >> thank you. >> stephen: brian, how long did you work for conan? >> 18 years. >> stephen: so you must know the true conan that no one is allowed to see. are you ready to dish the ugly dirt about your old boss? >> sure, if that's what my new boss wants. >> stephen: yes, it is. let 'er rip. he can't hurt you anymore. >> ok. here goes. this is probably something i definitely shouldn't say: he's irish. ( laughter) >> he is. >> stephen: yeah, we all knew that, brian.
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>> you didn't let me finish. he's irish-'catholic'. there's different types. >> stephen: i understand. i did let you finish, and, come on, you were there backstage, dark secrets. cameras off. nobody's looking. what happened? >> ok, here's one: conan is really tall. surprisingly tall >> stephen: yeah. that's his whole deal. he's slenderman ron weasly. come on, brian. he's leaving late night. he has no power over you. he no longer controls your career like a puppet on a string. talk! >> well, okay. this one is definitely going get me in trouble. his middle name is, get this, christopher. just weird. >> stephen: brian what's going on? did conan make you sign an n.d.a.? >> you mean like something where i'm not allowed to reveal details such as whether i've been asked to sign an n.d.a.? phenyes. >> yeah, signed one of t. ( laughter actually, on second thought, it may not have been an n.d.a.. it might have been a get well
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card. >> stephen: okay, clearly you've got nothing. ladies and gentlemen -- >> we got him a card because he got a pretty nasty contusion when he tripped after we robbed that hospital? yeah, yeah, that's right. we needed the money to buy cocaine for our orgies at betty white's underground sex dungeon? ( laughter) and conan likes his snow really pure. he'd always say, c'mon, brian. you're on team coco. that stands for conan's cocaine. ( laughter) >> stephen: wow. yikes. that's probably enough dark secrets. >> and then pat sajak made us all drink endangered leopard milk out of lincoln's skull. crazy. ( laughter) and you know that thing is not water-tight. milk everywhere. >> stephen: ok, brian. >> i remember it well, cuz it was right before conan started selling counterfeit penicillin to clinics all over the developing world. ( laughter) he knew interpol was closing in, so he had to go into hiding with the ukrainian arms smugglers he knew from when he used to run aks to the mujahideen in the
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late 80s, back when he was writing for s.n.l.. they had summers off. i'll never forget what he told me before he filed off his fingerprints and had his face reconstructed using cadaver flesh sourced from a chinese political prison. he looked me in the eye and said, brian, if i can give you one piece of advice, it's never tell anyone i'm going to murder jeffrey epstein. ( laughter) so wise. ( applause) >> stephen: he will be missed. he will. >> stephen: brian, thank you so much. brian stack, everybody congratulations, conan, see you in betty white's sex dungeon. when we come back, i sit down with robert duvall at his virginia ranch. ♪ my hygienist cleans with a round head. so does my oral-b my hygienist personalizes my cleaning. so does my oral-b
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♪ ( cheers and applause) >> stephen: hey, everybody! welcome back! folks, last week, i had the extraordinary opportunity to sit down with legendary actor robert duvall. duvall, now 90, has appeared in some of the most iconic movies of all time -such as "the godfather" 1 & 2, "apocalypse now," "network," "m.a.s.h.," and "tender mercies," for which he won academy award. bob and his wife, luciana, were gracious enough to invite me down to their beautiful ranch in virginia for a conversation about acting, marlon brando, and his new film, "12 mighty orphans." robert duvall, thank you so much for sitting town with me today. it's an absolute honor to talk to you. >> thank you for coming all the way down here to virginia to talk to me. >> stephen: it is absolutely no trial to come to your beautiful farm and your beautiful house. >> thank you. >> stephen: how many acres do you have here and how many horses? >> oh, we have one horse that's about 32 years old but he looks like 15. we have 360 acres.
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>> stephen: is it important for you to not live in hollywood, to not be in los angeles or new york? >> oh, well, i lived in new york, and then i would go to california and come back, but i don't care to go to either place now. i like it out here. >> stephen: it's pretty quiet. do you like people? >> yeah, i do. i like characters. i want to hold a definitive character party some day. you're invited. ( laughter) you're a character. >> stephen: i'm honored. yeah. >> stephen: you say you enjoy -- i've read you enjoy being a character actor. you think that's better than being a leader man? why? it seems like more work because a leading man just gets a show and can be himself. a character actor has to be a character. >> i've done both. i like to do characters. >> stephen: is it the character's intention, what he wants out of the scene? >> i just follow the script. you just, you know --
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>> stephen: but how do you open up the script and how -- because anyone could follow the script. how were you taught to actually approach the truth of that character in the script? >> i just follow the script, one scene to the next scene to the next scene and just see where that goes, you know. >> stephen: i had a conversation recently with anthony hopkins about how he approaches the character and he says exactly the same thing. i'll say to you what i said to him, you make it sound very easy, but certainly there has to be more than following the script. what is it you are doing as an actor to stand those words up off the page? >> well, i talk, you listen. you talk, i listen. just like we're doing now. it boils down -- that's the beginning and the end of it, like right now. you try not to play the result, but you can plan certain things, hopefully, and if it doesn't work, you know, an emotional thing, but if it doesn't work, then it doesn't work.
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but if it works, it works, you know. but there are different ways you can go about getting to certain things, you know. >> stephen: you're first film famously is as boo radley in "to kill a mockingbird." boo is simply the off-screen subject of so much of the film. it actually starts off, this is the summer we decide to get boo radley to come out, and you're not seen until the very end of the film. >> right. >> stephen: it's a distinctive moment. it's a very -- the performance is very halting, very tender at the same time. it's very innocent figure. but you don't say a single line. did you ever have a line? >> at the end, when they're leading me home, we're going to take you home, and i say something like, where are you taking me? or where. that was all. but they cut the line.
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>> stephen: you say gus mccray, your character from "lonesome dove," is your favorite personal character. what is it about him? >> i don't know. just the complex nature of his character, you know. he's -- he said how can we kill all the guys that were good guys to begin with? you know, he had a certain visionary in a certain way. we walked into the ward roam one day of "lonesome dove" and said we're making "the godfather" of westerns. i was fortunate to be in "godfather" one and two and "lonesome dove." when i talked to marlon brando, he'd never heard of "lonesome dove." that's hard to believe. >> stephen: when you were doing "the godfather," did you have the sense you were in something special.
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>> "godfather" one, definitely. >> stephen: do you remember when? >> about a third way through, i figured this is something special. >> stephen: i know in the new film, "'12 mighty orphans," which you play mason hawk is a finance year for the children's football team. >> masonic orphanage, yeah. >> stephen: the scene that you play in it is with your old friend martin sheen. >> yeah. >> stephen: who, of course, you starred in apocalypse now with in 1979. the scene was improvised. >> i didn't have much to do. rooster mcconaughey is a good friend of mine, matthew's older brother. i said, give me your daughter and we'll come in and we sat there and improvise. >> give me a program for the game. >> i will, for sure. hawk wre delighted you're making the first game. >> thanks, sir. we have a football team thanks to you.
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>> thanks for bringing in the coach and his wife. how is he doing? >> remarkable. you met juanita. he's a great teacher and coach. >> we finally got a team. thanks to you, sir.to y. it's a true story, a lovely story, ty roberts directed it and luke wilson is excellent as the coach. marty, you haven't seen marty sheen in a long time. and it's just a lovely movie based on fact, and i didn't realize that all the founding fathers were masons except -- >> stephen: jefferson? jefferson. he didn't believe in secrecy. he was the only one. >> stephen: are you a mason? no, i don't know much about them. >> stephen: do you believe in secrecy? >> yeah, my own. ( laughter) >> stephen: i assume you have some secrets that you're not willing to share with us today. >> i'm not going to share them with you at anytime.
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( laughter) >> stephen: when we come back, robert duvall and i watch my favorite scene of his of all time from the movie "network." stick around. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ feeling stressed in your skin? not with new olay retinol body wash. which improves skin 3x better. from dry and stressed, to bright and smooth. so, i can feel my best in my skin. olay body. fearless in my skin. people everywhere living with type 2 diabetes are waking up to what's possible with rybelsus®. ♪ you are my sunshine ♪ ♪ my only sunshine... ♪ rybelsus® works differently than any other diabetes pill
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♪ >> stephen: hey, everybody!
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welcome back to part two of my rare interview with legendary actor robert duvall. what was it like doing the "godfather?" i assume for men of your generation, actors of your generation, brando, who is one generation before y'all -- >> he was our godfather. >> stephen: really? dustin hoffman, myself and gene hackman, we get in once a week in that drugstore up there in new york in the midtown, and if we mentioned brando once we mentioned him 25 times in a day. the first time gene hackman met brando was by accident and he almost cried. >> stephen: he bumped into him and didn't know what to do with the feelings? >> yeah, yeah. gene, yeah. >> stephen: what was brando like? he's an enigmatic figure to the public like me. what was the working relationship like? >> the first time i worked with him was on the chase, and we talked about the script, and he
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said, how you doing, this and that, this and that. i said, oh, we're going to be buddies. for the next six weeks, you never even said good morning. so that was his deal. you know. but he was -- i met a guy from england, a very topnotch english actor and he said he went to see street corner desire and he said he was embarrassed because he thought a stagehand wandered on the stage accidentally and it was brando. it was so natural. he said he saw it seven times. >> stephen: i was wondering, somebody who admired him as you came into your own development as an artist, he said something along the lines that acting isn't a proper profession for a man and it's an empty and meaningless -- >> he's speaking for himself. >> stephen: i understand that, but if i -- like my comedic heroes, if someone said to me being a comedian is not a worthy
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thing to do, it would affect me emotionally to hear that. what was that like to hear that from, if you did hear it, from a hero like that? >> well, he said a lot of things that came out strangely. he had strange aspects to him. i got a letter from him down in my living room that i value as much as my oscar. >> stephen: were there any directors you worked with some of the great directors in the 20th century as well, were there directors you wish you could have worked with like john houston or stanley cooper. >> i was going to do his last movie, john houston, and he died. but, no, i tend not to get along with too many directors. >> stephen: you don't get along with them? >> yeah. >> stephen: what does that mean? how does that practically play out? >> get out of my way. >> stephen: because they would be telling you how to do your job? >> maybe or implying that, you know. >> stephen: line readings. well, just hovering, hovering.
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>> stephen: what should a director do? >> stand back and see. that's what copela does, to see what you do and bring. what you bring, he'll use it. but copela was very good that way, just, you know, standing back and see what you do. that's why they hire you, to see what you do. when actors get together, they say what was that director like? he left me alone. oh, terrific. >> stephen: you've done so many incredible films, as i said, the godfather, apocalypse now, mash, the original frank burns. for me, i wouldn't say it was necessarily your greatest performance, i agree with the academy tender mercies is perhaps your greatest performance, an incredibly beautiful film, but your performance frank hackett in network is one that leaps out to me. >> i haven't seen that in a long time.
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>> stephen: can i show you a clip from it, my favorite scene that you ever did. can we watch it together? >> okay. >> stephen: okay. so this is the scene, just to remind the audience here, this is the scene after peter finch's character, howard behl, after howard behl has become a hit and he's clearly not well and he's living with mack schumacher who is bill holden's character, and he's run away someplace and they don't know where. and you want him to find howard behl because you've got a hit your honor hands, and you've just been made head of the network. >> right. >> stephen: and what i love about the scene is that you have an incredible intensity. there are enormous choices being made in this movie. >> right. >> stephen: it's a satire on many levels. >> right. >> stephen: but there are big performance choices being made, and i just love to watch it with you and ask you -- >> who wrote it.
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>> stephen: patty -- good guy. >> stephen: let's a watch. let's say ( bleep) you hackett. you want me out of here, you're going to have to drag me out kicking and screaming and the whole news division kicking and screaming with me. >> you think they'll quit your jobs for you, not in this recession. >> he'll have your ass. i got a hit. he was hoping i'd fall on my show with this behl show it's a big fat pit and i won't run with him. if he wants to take it up with the board let him. do you think he's stupid enough to go to the board and say i'm taking the one hit show off the air? november 14, i will be standing cehe projected earningseting and for the network for the first time in ten years and mr. jennings will rock back and forth and say, that's very good frank, keep it up. >> so i don't have any illusions about who's running the network, you're fired.
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i want you out before noon or i'll have you thrown out. >> stephen: that's the scene. you remember shooting that. >> yeah. just so -- i think i did okay. you've got to keep it within your temperament. >> stephen: what do you mean? you, your temperament, you know, your sense of whatever, you know, anger, your vulnerability or whatever, it's got to be your temperament without stepping out of that, and then it becomes more like acting, but you try to keep it with, you know, from you, from your temperament. you know, interpret it a certain way. >> stephen: i assume that will be particurly helpful in are arg choices made. buzz bill holden and faye dunaway are making huge choices in that scene, too. >> right. >> stephen: yet all of it seems believable. is that what you mean by keeping within the temperament?
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>> yeah, keeping within the -- you know, it can be like would you come over here, please? you know, it's still you doing it within your set of emotions or your temperament or your psyche or whatever you want to call it, without overacting, you know, it's got to be in touch with your temperament. >> stephen: one of the things i love about that scene, i've always loved that moment when you say, you're fired, i want you out of here before noon or i'll have you thrown out. the gesture you make right there feels like you're picking up william holden and throwing him out of the room, and that is a pure understandable visceral intention i'm feeling from that character. >> i remember the producer came into my dressing room and to say something and i didn't like the guy. i said, will you turn around and walk the ( bleep) out of this room, that's what i said to the guy. right. yeah.
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( cheers and applause) >> stephen: welcome back, everybody. and now the dramatic conclusion to robert duvall: the interview. what did you think your career was going to be? you've got this storied career. in my lifetime, always listed
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with the great actors of his generation, what did you imagine -- what did you want, i suppose? >> when i started out? >> stephen: yeah. i didn't know. i just wanted to work, i guess, you know. i went to that summer theater, and ula, gene hackman. but i did start out on the stage and if i had to go back, i probably could do it in a limited way, i guess. >> stephen: you lived with hackman for a while, didn't you? >> no. he lived downtown. >> stephen: okay. dustin hoffman. we lived uptown with marie stern who was a canter, and both my brothers were singers. we had a place updown with dustin. >> stephen: what was he like as a roommate, messy? >> very, but funny. >> stephen: what do you remember most fondly of those days of hanging around with gene hackman and dustin hoffman. >> lot of laughs.
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>> stephen: yeah? lot of laughs. >> stephen: you guys would hang out? >> yeah. i knew gene first. he lived downtown with his first wife. he said this guy's coming back, dustin, so he came back. we would try to pick up girls and dusty still laughs about the stupidest line i ever saw. we just put down new linoleum in our apartment and i said to the girl, come up to the apartment and see the new linoleum. and dusty still laughs about that. >> stephen: that is a fairly awkward pickup line. >> oh, the worst. >> stephen: clint eastwood is only a year older than you are. did you work with clint? >> i worked with him on one movie. he's done some good stuff. >> stephen: both you and clint eastwood represent a solid 20th century american man.
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there's a solidity your performances. >> could be. >> stephen: do you think you could take clint eastwood in a fight? >> i might. >> stephen: you know i'm going to ask clint. >> i have a friend from scotland. he's 65 now. he has black belt in judo, so i could go to him before. >> stephen: clint, sounds like duval is preparing for this. i just heard him say he could take you. so i wouldn't let that stand. >> it would be a good match, maybe. >> stephen: what role did your training play in your own particular style? i know you studied with sanford mizener. >> yeah. >> stephen: through your career, did you keep up with the exercises and the tools that he gave you? >> not so much. >> stephen: no? there's one tool he used after i left, the repeat exercise. >> stephen: the repeat exercise? >> yeah, when i was there, we never did that.
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so when i directed, i used that sometimes. >> stephen: i studied the mizener technique and i did those, when i was a young actor i did the repeating exercises. what do you think the intent of it is? i had trouble getting anything from it. >> well, to take you off of yourself and put you on to the other guy. to get from the other guy what you want to get without preconceiving or setting a result. >> stephen: so it's honest reaction to what you're perceiving in the other person in that moment? >> right, yeah. i did that in a couple of movies just, you know, with kids, especially with young people. >> stephen: would you do one with me right now? >> yeah, what are you looking at? >> stephen: what are you looking at? >> i'm looking at you. >> stephen: you're looking at me? >> yeah. why are you looking at me. >> stephen: why are you looking at me? >> well, why are you looking at me? >> stephen: why are you looking at me. >> no, why are you looking at me? >> stephen: hi are you looking at me? >> because i ( bleep) want to.
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>> stephen: i think you got it. ( applause) thank you, robert duvall! "12 mighty orphans" is in theaters now. we'll be right back. ♪ ( cheers and applause) ♪
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>> stephen: this little lonely guy needs to go over here. needs to go on the other side. i'm done. he wasn't so lonely 15 months ago. now he's all lonely over here. that is sad, that guy. seriously. make friends. make new friends over here. >> stephen: no, generally losing my hair captioning sponsored y cbs captio d by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org captioning sponsored by cbs ♪ the late late show oh, oh ♪ the late late show, ooh the late late show ♪ oh, oh it's the late late show ♪

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