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Robert Duvall Calls Stanley Kubrick “An Actor’s Enemy”

Dig this video from The Hollywood Reporter, featuring actors Jesse Eisenberg (he plays Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network), Mark Ruffalo and Robert Duvall.

Eisenberg talks about his experiences doing multiple takes for the movie’s director, David Fincher. Jesse Eisenberg puts a positive spin on the whole deal.

You can tell that Robert Duvall is champing at the bit about this whole idea of doing 50 takes for one scene. Near the end of the video he calls out Stanley Kubrick — another director known for doing dozens of takes for one scene or line — as “an actor’s enemy.”

“They may be great movies,” Duvall says of Kubrick’s work — but they’re some of the “worst” performances in cinema. Ouch!

Duvall has a point, sure, but mostly it’s fun to see the other actors chuckling along with the Old Man as he spouts off. Around the table you can also see James Franco, Colin Firth and Ryan Gosling.

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