Friday, May 17, 2024

Robert Duvall, 90, Has “Apocalypse Now” Reunion with Martin Sheen in “12 Mighty Orphans,” Will Appear in Christian Bale Film



Robert Duvall is 90 and not stopping any time soon. Tomorrow he opens in “12 Mighty Orphans,” which stars Luke Wilson and Martin Sheen in a really great true story throwback film. I hesitate to say “family film,” but you could actually take your pre-teens and teens to see it and enjoy it, and not be embarrassed. It’s also a film for us “adults” with tremendous performances and filmmaking.

Duvall, who I interviewed last week, gets to have a reunion with his Apocalypse Now co-star Martin Sheen. They didn’t ad-lib their scene, but they were given general direction and put it together. Duvall tells me he and Sheen “hugged and hugged” when they met on set. Don’t forget, Sheen had a heart attack while making the Frances Ford Coppola classic back in 1978. They went through a lot together!

Duvall told me exclusively that his next project would be an appearance in Scott Cooper’s Edgar Allen Poe movie “The Pale Blue Eye” starring Christian Bale. Cooper directed him memorably in the great 2009 film, “Crazy Heart.” He’s also set to be in the next Adam Sandler Netflix film. And that’s not all. More coming this weekend from Duvall right here. PS He won his Oscar for Best Actor in Bruce Beresford’s stunning “Tender Mercies.” If you don’t know it, rent it.

Meantime, do see “12 Mighty Orphans.” Lovely, lovely film. And a big deal for Luke Wilson, who carries it mightily!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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