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Title: The Robert Duvall Appreciation Thread
Post by: Tucumcari Bound on July 28, 2007, 08:53:15 AM
I'm a long life fan of the great Robert Duvall, and actor who I don't think get's the recognition he deserves. One of those actors that not only has talent, but has that charm and charisma that makes him great.

Robert is a long time veteran of Western films such as True Grit (1969), Lawman (1971), Joe Kidd (1972), Lonesome Dove (1989), Geronimo: An American Legend (1993), Open Range (2003), and Broken Trail (2006), so it's only fitting to talk about him here. It's also been said that the WESTERN GENRE is his favorite.

Robert Duvall has also had many, many other great films and roles outside the western genre that should be looked at. Please post any film or film role you absolutely love with Robert Duvall, or some pictures from those films.
Title: Re: The Robert Duvall Appreciation Thread
Post by: Tucumcari Bound on July 28, 2007, 08:55:36 AM
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Robert Duvall

Apocalypse Now (1979)
Title: Re: The Robert Duvall Appreciation Thread
Post by: KevinJCBJK on July 28, 2007, 09:17:53 AM
I'll start with his role as Tom Hagan as The Godfather and The Godfather Part II. He was one of many actors in those films that had a great screen presence, when he refused to reprise his role in Part III it made the film less enjoyable.

I was watching this documentry on Marlon Brando, where a bunch of actors who have worked with him both on stage and film were talking about him, and on the set of The Godfather, he, James Caan, John Cazale, and Al Pacino were finally about to meet their idol Marlon Brando, after the producers finally yield to Coppola who was battling to get Brando in this film (he also wanted Laurence Olivier who was too ill at the time). So Robert decides they should break the ice with Marlon. I don't exactly remember how it all went, but I think that they went to go pick up Marlon with two cars, Robert and I think Al were riding with Marlon, with Jimmy and Freddie riding in the other. Before they got in, Robert says to Freddie that he should moon Marlon Brando when his car pulls up to him, and the only person who wasn't in on this was Pacino, who admits he had no sense of humor. So they are in their cars (I think this was on set in the cars featured in the film) and Jimmy pulls down his trousers and sticks his ass out the car window for Marlon to see. And Robert who was telling the story did a great impression of Marlon laughing, saying he was obviously amused by the thing and was making remarks about Jimmy's behind. I haven't heard this story anywhere else, but if you can find it and see for yourself how Robert tells it.
Title: Re: The Robert Duvall Appreciation Thread
Post by: Tucumcari Bound on July 28, 2007, 09:28:10 AM
I'll start with his role as Tom Hagan as The Godfather and The Godfather Part II. He was one of many actors in those films that had a great screen presence, when he refused to reprise his role in Part III it made the film less enjoyable.

I was watching this documentry on Marlon Brando, where a bunch of actors who have worked with him both on stage and film were talking about him, and on the set of The Godfather, he, James Caan, John Cazale, and Al Pacino were finally about to meet their idol Marlon Brando, after the producers finally yield to Coppola who was battling to get Brando in this film (he also wanted Laurence Olivier who was too ill at the time). So Robert decides they should break the ice with Marlon. I don't exactly remember how it all went, but I think that they went to go pick up Marlon with two cars, Robert and I think Al were riding with Marlon, with Jimmy and Freddie riding in the other. Before they got in, Robert says to Freddie that he should moon Marlon Brando when his car pulls up to him, and the only person who wasn't in on this was Pacino, who admits he had no sense of humor. So they are in their cars (I think this was on set in the cars featured in the film) and Jimmy pulls down his trousers and sticks his ass out the car window for Marlon to see. And Robert who was telling the story did a great impression of Marlon laughing, saying he was obviously amused by the thing and was making remarks about Jimmy's behind. I haven't heard this story anywhere else, but if you can find it and see for yourself how Robert tells it.

Wow, hahahahahaa, great post Kevin! I really appreciated that. I actually did see this. If I'm not mistaken, wasn't this Documentary on a few months ago? That was a real treat to watch. I'm happy you brought up The Godfather, and The Godfather Part II. When you hear people mention The Godfather films, you rarely here anybody mention Robert Duvall's work. It's mostly the talk about Brando, Pacino, and De Niro. Everyone was great in this cast, and Robert in my opinion was one of the key actors. He played Tom Hagen so well. I dunno if you've heard, but the reason he turned down the role for The Godfather Part III was because he wanted the same pay as Pacino. I think they should have agreed, which he so rightfully deserved. He paid his dues. I like The Godfather Part III, but it has it's problems, and the absence of Robert Duvall is one of the biggest.

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Robert Duvall and Al Pacino. The Godfather (1972)

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Robert Duvall as Tom Hagen in The Godfather (1972).





Title: Re: The Robert Duvall Appreciation Thread
Post by: KevinJCBJK on July 28, 2007, 09:33:12 AM
Oh I will always remember him for his scenes with the movie producer. The horse head in the bed.
Title: Re: The Robert Duvall Appreciation Thread
Post by: Tucumcari Bound on July 28, 2007, 09:39:39 AM
Oh I will always remember him for his scenes with the movie producer. The horse head in the bed.

Character Jack Woltz played by John Marley talking to Character Tom Hagen in The Godfather....

"Johnny Fontane never gets that movie. That part is perfect for him, it'll make him a big star, and I'm gonna run him out of the business - and let me tell you why: Johnny Fontane ruined one of Woltz International's most valuable proteges. For five years we had her under training - singing lessons, acting lessons, dancing lessons. I spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on her, I was gonna make her a big star. And let me be even more frank, just to show you that I'm not a hard-hearted man, and that it's not all dollars and cents: She was beautiful; she was young; she was innocent. She was the greatest piece of ass I've ever had, and I've had 'em all over the world. And then Johnny Fontane comes along with his olive oil voice and guinea charm, and she runs off. She threw it all away just to make me look ridiculous! And a man in my position can't afford to be made to look ridiculous!"

"Now you listen to me, you smooth talking son-of-a-bitch. Let me lay it on the line for you and your boss, whoever he is. Johnny Fontane will never get that movie. I don't care how many dago guinea wop greaseball goombahs come out of the woodwork."

Tom Hagen: "Mr. Woltz, I'm a lawyer, I have not threatened you."
Jack Woltz: "I know almost every big lawyer in New York, who the hell are you?"
Tom Hagen: "I have a special practice. I handle one client. Now you have my number. I'll wait for your call. By the way, I admire your pictures very much. "

 ;D Great scenes here! Great acting.
Title: Re: The Robert Duvall Appreciation Thread
Post by: Tucumcari Bound on July 28, 2007, 10:49:11 PM
(http://www.thelastbestwest.com/graphics/2007/Hats/225_DUVALL_LONESOME_302.jpg)

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Robert Duvall as the legendary western film character Augustus 'Gus' McCrae in Lonesome Dove (1989).

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Robert Duvall on the set of Lonesome Dove during filming. A great picture in my opinion!
Title: Re: The Robert Duvall Appreciation Thread
Post by: Jill on July 29, 2007, 02:58:25 AM
I like him. Perfect Tom Hagen. And the sadist in Apocalypse Now...  O0
Title: Re: The Robert Duvall Appreciation Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on July 29, 2007, 03:50:48 AM
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Title: Re: The Robert Duvall Appreciation Thread
Post by: Tucumcari Bound on July 29, 2007, 10:06:25 AM
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As I've mentioned before. This is one of his best roles. Tender Mercies is a great, touching, and beautiful film. His winning of the Academy Award was trully deserving here!
Title: Re: The Robert Duvall Appreciation Thread
Post by: Tucumcari Bound on July 31, 2007, 10:04:36 AM
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(http://www.unl.edu/scarlet/v8n10/apostle.jpg)

Robert Duvall in The Apostle. A brilliant performance he should have won The Academy Award for. Sheer brilliance!
Title: Re: The Robert Duvall Appreciation Thread
Post by: Tucumcari Bound on August 17, 2008, 03:55:09 PM

(http://www.moviemaker.com/magazine/issues/50/images/duvall.portrait.jpg)
Title: Re: The Robert Duvall Appreciation Thread
Post by: Ben Tyreen on August 18, 2008, 09:22:59 AM
 One of my all-time favorites, but his best role bar-none was Gus McCrae in Lonesome Dove. :) 

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Title: Re: The Robert Duvall Appreciation Thread
Post by: Tucumcari Bound on August 18, 2008, 11:36:21 AM
One of my all-time favorites, but his best role bar-none was Gus McCrae in Lonesome Dove. :) 

(http://www.thelastbestwest.com/graphics/2007/Hats/225_DUVALL_LONESOME_302.jpg)

He's had a lot of masterful performances but you have a good argument there with the legendary Gus McCrae. What a character!
Title: Re: The Robert Duvall Appreciation Thread
Post by: Tuco the ugly on August 18, 2008, 11:47:10 AM
Robert Duvall is one of those great character actors and movie icons that nobody won't be able to replace after they're gone.
Title: Re: The Robert Duvall Appreciation Thread
Post by: Tucumcari Bound on August 18, 2008, 11:54:54 AM
Robert Duvall is one of those great character actors and movie icons that nobody won't be able to replace after they're gone.

He's not a character actor. I put him up there as leading man status. He's starred in many films as the leading man.
Title: Re: The Robert Duvall Appreciation Thread
Post by: Tuco the ugly on August 18, 2008, 11:55:59 AM
Can't help to think he never got the leading roles he merited.
Title: Re: The Robert Duvall Appreciation Thread
Post by: Tucumcari Bound on August 18, 2008, 12:04:15 PM
Can't help to think he never got the leading roles he merited.

Well he won an Oscar for BEST ACTOR for "Tender Mercies" which is genius. He was nominated for BEST ACTOR for "The Apostle" which he was clearly robbed. He was brilliant in that. He was brilliant as the leading man in "Tommaro", an early film in his career. I love this man.
Title: Re: The Robert Duvall Appreciation Thread
Post by: Tuco the ugly on August 18, 2008, 12:10:07 PM
That is true TB, but I'm talking in general. Kinda like Brian Dennehy.
Title: Re: The Robert Duvall Appreciation Thread
Post by: Tucumcari Bound on August 18, 2008, 12:13:09 PM
That is true TB, but I'm talking in general. Kinda like Brian Dennehy.

Oh, I know. haha Don't mind me, I'm just rambling on. I just love talking about Duvall.
Title: Re: The Robert Duvall Appreciation Thread
Post by: Whalestoe on August 18, 2008, 12:20:53 PM
Duvall's wife =  O0 O0 O0

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What a bastard!
Title: Re: The Robert Duvall Appreciation Thread
Post by: Tucumcari Bound on August 18, 2008, 12:23:26 PM
Duvall's wife =  O0 O0 O0

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What a bastard!


hahaha, what a pimp!
Title: Re: The Robert Duvall Appreciation Thread
Post by: Whalestoe on August 18, 2008, 12:26:27 PM
And he's from San Diego, so he gets automatic cool points.
Title: Re: The Robert Duvall Appreciation Thread
Post by: Tucumcari Bound on August 18, 2008, 12:29:05 PM
And he's from San Diego, so he gets automatic cool points.

haha, I'm making a trip to San Diego soon Whalestoe. I gotta see it! My cousin and her husband lived there for 11 years until they had to move back to NYC. He's in the FBI and got transfored. My cousin was pissed. She loved it there.
Title: Re: The Robert Duvall Appreciation Thread
Post by: Atlas2112 on August 18, 2008, 07:20:00 PM
Robert Duvall is one of those great character actors and movie icons that nobody won't be able to replace after they're gone.
Funny, I always think of Woody Harrleson as a poor man's Duvall. (im probably just dillusional).

I love Robert in almost every thing i see him in, i can't imagine hollywood without him.

Anyone see his role in that Twilight Zone episode where he plays a momma's boy obssessed with a Doll House?
Title: Re: The Robert Duvall Appreciation Thread
Post by: Tuco the ugly on August 18, 2008, 10:11:34 PM
Duvall's wife =  O0 O0 O0

(http://eur.i1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/xp/premiere_photo/20050831/11/1970753753.jpg)

What a bastard!


40 years. Unbelievable.
Title: Re: The Robert Duvall Appreciation Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on August 18, 2008, 10:16:53 PM
Okay, check it guys. Sonny will be deleting the Agnetha thread so I'm just gonna shove all her ass pics into this old fart's thread.
Is that cool with everybody?
Sonny won't look here.


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Title: Re: The Robert Duvall Appreciation Thread
Post by: Silenzio on August 18, 2008, 10:19:28 PM
Good idea.  Sonny will never find this.
Title: Re: The Robert Duvall Appreciation Thread
Post by: Tuco the ugly on August 18, 2008, 10:20:55 PM
Good idea.  Sonny will never find this.

Maybe in a month or two when she loggs again... No?
Title: Re: The Robert Duvall Appreciation Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on August 18, 2008, 10:21:38 PM
Good idea.  Sonny will never find this.


I know.

Bookmark people. BOOKMARK IT!
Title: Re: The Robert Duvall Appreciation Thread
Post by: PowerRR on August 18, 2008, 10:22:23 PM
BRILLIANT idea sir!
Title: Re: The Robert Duvall Appreciation Thread
Post by: Tuco the ugly on August 18, 2008, 10:23:06 PM
TB, hold it there, buddy! :D
Title: Re: The Robert Duvall Appreciation Thread
Post by: Tucumcari Bound on August 18, 2008, 10:24:53 PM

YOU TERRORISTS!!! YOU'RE MESSING UP MY BOY'S THREAD!!!!!!! ACTUALLY, ROBERT WON'T NEED VIAGRA WITH THESE PICTURES.
Title: Re: The Robert Duvall Appreciation Thread
Post by: Silenzio on August 18, 2008, 10:26:02 PM
As if Robert ever needed viagra...
Title: Re: The Robert Duvall Appreciation Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on August 18, 2008, 10:26:07 PM


Anyone see his role in that Twilight Zone episode where he plays a momma's boy obssessed with a Doll House?


Yes, but I seem to recall "Miniature" not being very good.
Title: Re: The Robert Duvall Appreciation Thread
Post by: Tucumcari Bound on August 18, 2008, 10:27:19 PM
As if Robert ever needed viagra...

hahaha. You can have your fun for a little bit but make sure this thread gets back to normal soon.  O0
Title: Re: The Robert Duvall Appreciation Thread
Post by: The Firecracker on August 18, 2008, 10:28:28 PM
hahaha. You can have your fun for a little bit but make sure this thread gets back to normal soon.  O0


I was originally going to make a whole new thread titled "the happy thread (no ass pics of Agnetha here!)" and place the pics there, but I thought the title was too long.
Title: Re: The Robert Duvall Appreciation Thread
Post by: Whalestoe on August 19, 2008, 02:12:05 AM

I was originally going to make a whole new thread titled "the happy thread (no ass pics of Agnetha here!)" and place the pics there, but I thought the title was too long.

That. Would. Have. Ruled.
Title: Re: The Robert Duvall Appreciation Thread
Post by: PowerRR on August 19, 2008, 10:30:34 AM
hahaha. You can have your fun for a little bit but make sure this thread gets back to normal soon.  O0
My "upcoming movies september to december" thread was turned to porn discussion and I'm not complaining!
Title: Re: The Robert Duvall Appreciation Thread
Post by: moviesceleton on August 19, 2008, 11:22:34 AM
My "upcoming movies september to december" thread was turned to porn discussion and I'm not complaining!
Mostly gay porn, actually... (As if it would make any difference to you.)
Title: Re: The Robert Duvall Appreciation Thread
Post by: Atlas2112 on August 25, 2008, 05:22:14 PM

Yes, but I seem to recall "Miniature" not being very good.

nah, it wasn't but it's still fun to the "Hey, isn't that Duval?" sort of realization
Title: Re: The Robert Duvall Appreciation Thread
Post by: drinkanddestroy on June 18, 2017, 02:10:23 AM
This weekend's Weekend Interview in The Wall Street Journal is with Robert Duvall.

I find his criticism of Bonnie and Clyde hilarious: “My friends in the Texas Rangers said it was not accurate at all.”  ;D ;D ;D


https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-hollywood-legends-life-in-the-country-1497644085

A Hollywood Legend’s Life in the Country
Robert Duvall talks about his favorite roles, his worst review and (up to a point) politics.

By Matthew Hennessey


The Plains, Va. – Robert Duvall is happy out here among the softly rolling hills of Northern Virginia’s Fauquier County. In spirit if not in distance, this is about as far as a guy can get from the bang and clatter of the film business. For more than 25 years the Academy Award-winning actor has visited New York and Los Angeles only when necessity demands. “I like a good Hollywood party,” he says. “I have a lot of friends there. But I like living here.”

Mr. Duvall, 86, and his Argentina-born wife, Luciana, live in a 270-year-old Georgian farmhouse nestled among wood-fenced horse paddocks, picturesque grazing pastures and turtle ponds on the 360 acres of Byrnley Farm. Still as trim and squared away as he was 45 years ago when he played Tom Hagen in “The Godfather,” Mr. Duvall greets visitors in his elegantly appointed foyer looking fit enough to run a mile.

Of average height and modest build, Mr. Duvall has never been what you’d call movie-star handsome, yet he’s played the lead as often as supporting roles. His hairline has been in retreat since his debut as the mysterious Boo Radley in Robert Mulligan’s 1962 adaptation of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” but he’s never resorted to toupees, wigs or transplants, except when the character required it.

From rhapsodizing about “the smell of napalm in the morning” as the surf-loving Lt. Col. Bill Kilgore in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 Vietnam epic “Apocalypse Now” to calling forth the healing power of the Holy Ghost as a foot-stomping Pentecostal preacher in his 1997 directorial effort “The Apostle,” Mr. Duvall has cemented his legacy as a versatile film star. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1984 for his note-perfect performance as the washed-out Nashville singer Mac Sledge in Bruce Beresford’s “Tender Mercies.” He has earned six other Oscar nominations. Yet Mr. Duvall says his favorite role was for the small screen: Augustus “Gus” McCrae, the grizzled Texas Ranger he played in the 1989 TV miniseries adaptation of Larry McMurtry’s “Lonesome Dove.”

Like most actors of his generation, Mr. Duvall idolized Marlon Brando : “When I first saw him I said, ‘What is this? What’s he even doing?’ ” Unlike most of his peers, Mr. Duvall had multiple opportunities to act alongside Brando, beginning in Arthur Penn’s largely forgotten 1966 film, “The Chase.” In Brando’s dressing room, master and apprentice broke the ice with a friendly conversation. Then things shifted. “For like eight weeks he wouldn’t even look at you,” recalls Mr. Duvall. “You thought, ‘Ooh, boy, we’re going to be friends now.’ But he knew you wanted that. He’d just walk by. You’d say ‘Good morning.’ He’d just keep walking.” Brando, he is quick to add, loosened up a bit during the filming of “The Godfather.”
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The son of a naval officer, Mr. Duvall spent most of his childhood in Annapolis, Md. His family tree, however, has deep roots in Northern Virginia. They were Union sympathizers who had to survive the chaos of the Civil War while somewhat stranded behind enemy lines. The actor’s paternal grandfather, born in 1861, was christened Abraham Lincoln Duvall.

Twenty feet from Mr. Duvall’s front door stands a shagbark hickory with a trunk as wide as a train car. He doesn’t know exactly how old the tree is, but it “goes back to the 19th century, easy.” It almost certainly gave shade to the Union and Confederate soldiers who passed through en route to successive bloody battles at nearby Manassas Junction. “We thought it would come down during the last hurricane,” Mr. Duvall says, “but it didn’t.”

With Confederate monuments and memorials being toppled across the South, a Northerner like me can’t help but note that the street names in this pleasant village are heavy with historical freight—Lee, Pickett, Stuart, Forrest. “Stonewall Jackson marched right through,” says Mr. Duvall. “Bull Run is just down the road.”

Today the Old Dominion is a different kind of battleground. Hillary Clinton carried Virginia with 49.9% of the vote in 2016, but Fauquier County went 59.6% for her opponent. This is Trump country, not the kind of place you might expect to find Hollywood royalty.

The mention of the president’s name causes Mr. Duvall to stiffen. Ask him about football, showjumping or Brando, and he lights up. Ask him about politics, and his eyes narrow: “I’m not interested in making any statements.”

Mr. Duvall’s reticence is understandable. As one of the more famous Republicans in the motion-picture business, he is aware that certain political opinions can crimp a film career. Being an outspoken conservative “can be a very limiting thing,” he admits. That’s why he’s always careful around the topic—especially, it appears, with strangers from New York City.

“Nothing has hurt my career,” he insists. “I don’t talk politics, but nothing has hurt my career.”

In 2008 Mr. Duvall campaigned for John McCain and narrated a video for the GOP convention. In 2012 he hosted a party at Byrnley Farm that reportedly raised $800,000 for Mitt Romney. Lately he has shied away from candidates and campaigns, but he agrees that actors who cling to the coasts may have trouble appreciating that there are two sides—at least—to every political argument.

If you scratch beneath the surface in liberal Hollywood, “you can find some hypocrisy,” he says. Such as the tendency of highly paid actors to sound off at award shows? “Yeah. I mean, how informed are they? How informed is anybody, really?” he asks, his face turning hard. Have Hollywood liberals read Thomas Sowell ? Mr. Duvall has. Have they read Ayaan Hirsi Ali? “I’ve got a lot of respect for that woman,” he says.

When movie stars pontificate about politics, “I get a little like this,” he says, cringing. “I want to tell them to take it easy.” Heeding his own advice, that’s as much as he’ll say on the record. He hasn’t survived a half-century in the film business by speaking freely with journalists.

Mr. Duvall used his own Oscar acceptance speech in 1984 to thank the country-music superstars who inspired his “Tender Mercies” performance. The validation of his friends Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Billy Joe Shaver and Willie Nelson, he says now, meant more to him than any review—though some of the criticism still stings: “There were people who really loved that movie, but there was a strain of people in Washington and New York who hated it.” Anyone in particular? “Yeah,” he says without hesitation. “ Pauline Kael. ”

Kael, the New Yorker’s longtime movie critic, penned a review dripping with condescension of the sort lately called elitism. “The film is said to be honest and about real people,” she wrote. “Mostly the picture consists of silences; long shots of bleak, flat land, showing the horizon line (it gives the film integrity); and Duvall’s determination to make you see that he’s keeping his emotions to himself.”

Thirty-four years later, Mr. Duvall doesn’t hold anything back when it comes to Kael, who died in 1991. “She was a fraud,” he says, in a way that suggests he didn’t mourn her passing—or the passing of the time when a big-name critic at a major magazine could make or break a film on opening weekend.

What else did Kael get wrong? “She put ‘Raging Bull’ down, which was a beautiful movie—De Niro and Scorsese were at their height—but then she lauded ‘Bonnie and Clyde.’ ” Though the latter movie is considered a counterculture classic, Mr. Duvall wasn’t a fan. “My friends in the Texas Rangers said it was not accurate at all.”
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Title: Re: The Robert Duvall Appreciation Thread
Post by: drinkanddestroy on June 18, 2017, 02:10:57 AM
Duvall WSJ interview, continued from previous post


In the twilight of his long career, Mr. Duvall’s regrets are few—and specific. “They offered me the lead in ‘Jaws,’ but I wanted to play the other part, the fisherman played by Robert Shaw, ” Mr. Duvall says. Steven Spielberg told him he was too young. Mr. Duvall took one or two jobs solely for the money. “I did a lot of crap,” he admits. “Television stuff. But I had to make a living. And like my wife said, ‘It’s amazing how you survived all these years.’ ”

Mr. Duvall may be secluded here beneath the shagbark hickory, but he knows what’s going on in the wider world. He reads history and is eager to discuss topics ranging from Ireland’s neutrality during World War II to the relative horsemanship of the Boers vis-à-vis the Comanche. He watches cable news sometimes—Mika and Joe.

And he’s still acting and developing projects. If he can get it off the ground, Mr. Duvall will star in the film version of Western novelist Elizabeth Crook’s forthcoming book, “The Which Way Tree.” He recently noticed that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates had pledged $100 million to a World Bank fund backed by the president’s daughter Ivanka. “I thought to myself, ‘Please give us $25 [million] to do this movie.’ ”

Let’s say a Saudi prince called with an offer along those lines. Would he entertain it? “Maybe,” he says. “I don’t gravitate toward those guys.”

Mr. Duvall visited the kingdom once—with Wilford Brimley to watch falconry. “It was strange—strangest place I’ve ever been. We were there four days and no one came to get us,” he says. The trip was sponsored by “American Sportsman,” an ABC program. “It was weird. You’d drive through [the desert] to go to the camel races and they’d give you the wrong directions. You’d see cars upside down with the wheels still going. You’d come back and it’d be the same, two hours later—wrecked cars all over the highway.” He and Mr. Brimley high-tailed it to London lest they, too, find themselves upside down in the desert.

Mr. Duvall knows where he doesn’t belong—and where he does. Byrnley Farm is undeniably charming, “choice land,” as a satisfied Mr. Duvall calls it. The air is clean, which he appreciates. Mostly what he likes about it, though, is that it’s not the city. “The great Texas playwright Horton Foote once said a lot of people in New York don’t know what goes on beyond the south Jersey Shore, which is true,” Mr. Duvall says. “I mean, New York is a wonderful place. But it’s not the beginning and end of America. Nor is L.A.”

At Byrnley Farm, the problems of the world can seem very far away. Does he worry at all about the country’s future? “No,” he says. “We’ll survive.”