You can, but the rules have changed for me. I had a line up in three films that were “Out of Sight”, “Three Kings” and “O Brother, Where Art Thu”. If any of those screenplays came to me I could play it, but I could, but those screenplays are rare. I’m not bored with acting, I’m more concerned with the idea that I know for a fact how a career goes, because I’ve seen it: my aunt Rosemary was a big singer and she wasn’t then. Things change, I know. I am not interested in leaving, but you have to reassure what good you are going to do.
Have you considered working with some new directors instead of established ones?
I’ve seen a few movies where I go, “Oh, this is really interesting, smart filmmaking,” but you have to know the directors a little bit. I need to know that they love what they do and they are not [jerks].
Because you’ve had that experience before?
Okay, I’ve had that experience a few times, and I had to say, “Life is too short.” We get to do something that I know most people would like to do for a living, so you should celebrate that. I remember a young man listening to film stars talking about how tough his life was, and I was cutting tobacco for a living! I was like, “I want you to tell me how great It is. ”I want to work with people who are loved.
Paul Newman used to go, “Yes, this is fun!” The final few years of his life, we became friends, and really felt that he just loved what he did to live. He was friends with Gregory Peck, and was never disappointed in real life, being the film stars he was.
I don’t want people who are screaming and screaming and angry in the world. Once, I was at a director’s desk with a director who was like: “I break actors. I will take 40 until they have nothing. “I saw him as an actor, and I was like,” Dude, I’m not going to work with you. “
Joel Schumacher died earlier this year. He directed you in “Batman and Robin”. What is the best story you can tell about him from that set?