Robert Duvall: I almost didn't do Jack Reacher because I wasn't in very good shape


By Anthony Gibson Tuesday 23 Apr 2013 6:00 am

Hollywood actor Robert Duvall talks about making an action movie at 81, his love for tango and retiring.

At the ripe age of 81, you are returning to the screen with action film Jack Reacher. Why? That's a good question. You know, I almost didn't do it because I was not in very good shape. I enjoyed life a little too much on my farm and I had put on a little weight. That's when Tom Cruise called me. But I was interested in this character. And I really like Tom. I think he's a terrific actor. So I told my wife I wanted to lose at least 20lb and she was more than happy about that.

Your character in Jack Reacher is a crafty guy and he loves his guns. What's your take on guns? I know my guns somewhat. I believe in guns but I don't have any. I haven't shot much since I was in the army. I go and shoot once in a while. My wife, though, she is a good shot.

How do you stay in shape these days - do you still dance the tango? Sure, I do love the tango. And I love Buenos Aires. It's my favourite city in the world. We go down there but haven't been for quite some time. I promised my wife that I wouldn't go back up in weight again so I go swimming and I ride horses. All that helps.

Do you ever think about retiring? Yeah, I do. But I think I've got a couple left in me. My good buddy Gene Hackman is retired. He likes it but I am not there yet. I still enjoy it. But I don't like to work at night any more.

How do you want people to remember you? Oh, I guess it's nice when they know your name. I made some pictures that I am really proud of. My favourite part was my character in [the TV mini-series] Lonesome Dove. I will always cherish that.

-- Metro UK, 23 Apr 2013