"When I first came to New York in 1958 to study acting, I got a job at the Psychiatric Institute in New York as an attendant.... I was living with [Robert] Duvall in those days, and we used to 'hold court,' that was what Bobby called it, six of us in the living room of this walk-up on 109th Street. We'd share and do impressions of our experiencesand some of those people I had down.
Though this character isn't like any of them, it's still a chance to go back and do something familiar to me. Maybe it's like . . . you don't want to waste time. You hope that somehow before you die, you can put your experiences on the canvas."American Film, December 1988