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Robert Duvall gives hints on Gilliam’s DON QUIXOTE

Will Schiffelbein

by: Will Schiffelbein
April 27th, 2010

Terry Gilliam is one of cinema's tragic heroes. It seems as though every project he's attached to runs into some sort of development trouble. None of his previous films can measure up to the trials and tribulations that Gilliam has faced in making his adaptation of DON QUIXOTE hit the big screen. In fact, if you're looking for a three part feature attesting to the power of cinema watch HEARTS OF DARKNESS, the documentary about Coppola making APOCALYPSE NOW; BURDEN OF DREAMS, which tells of Herzog making FITZCARRALDO; and cap it of with LOST IN LA MANCHA, a film that chronicle's Gilliam's attempt to make DON QUIXOTE.

However, it just might happen this time. Movieline sat down with Robert Duvall, who was recently cast as Quixote himself, and talked about this upcoming project.

The simple idea of Duvall playing Quixote in an adaptation directed by Gilliam is enough to make literature geeks like myself wet with desire. Check out what Duvall had to say about his attachment to the project.

"...he [Gilliam] said, “I want you to play Don Quixote.” Or a guy from a village whom they make Don Quixote for a commercial. He’s really a shoemaker."

Gilliam's original attempt at making DON QUIXOTE strove to maintain its satirical eye while transposing it to the modern age. He intended to do this through making the character of Sancho Panza an executive who traveled back in time. Then there was the idea of having a filmmaker travel with the iconic duo. Now, perhaps he's actually changing the character of Don Quixote? In reality, who ever knows what Terry Gilliam is really up to.

Perhaps even more interesting is this little bit of info that Duvall dished when asked if he had any recommendations for an actor to play Sancho Panza...

"For that part? Well, it’d be great if was someone like Danny DeVito — but a younger guy. He’s been through quite a few people. The Irish guy who was in Crazy Heart turned him down, which kind of bugged him."

Colin Farrell? Now that's interesting. That's really too bad that Farrell isn't on board, as that'd make for one hell of an adaptation. However, nothing is set in stone just yet. The film still hasn't gotten funding for a studio, and if the studio execs have seen LOST IN LA MANCHA as well, I can understand their hesitation!

Source: Movieline

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