Don't ever let it be said that Terry Gilliam doesn't have a knack for putting the right performer into the right role. My all-time favorite is his casting of Johnny Depp as Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson in "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas." Today's news though... if things pan out, it's going to be a mighty close second.
The word is that Gilliam wants Robert Duvall to saddle up as the Man of La Mancha in "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote." The actor revealed as much in an interview with Collider while promoting his new movie, "Crazy Heart." Nothing's definite yet, but it sounds like Duvall will have the part as soon as the project firms up.
"I may work with Terry Gilliam next - if they get the money - to play Don Quixote de la Mancha," he told Collider. It always comes back to the money. Gilliam's been trying to bring a Don Quixote movie to theaters for years, but things are looking more likely now than ever before. And with Duvall in the part... that would be fantastic. He thinks so too.
"Totally amazing to work with Terry Gilliam," the actor said. "But, once again, the money. It’s so difficult to get the money. He saw me play a Cuban barber one time with Richard Harris and that’s what gave him the idea to cast me as Don Quixote."
For those who haven't been keeping up, "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote" is a mixture of adaptation and creative license. The story would focus on an advertising exec from the modern-day world who is somehow transported back in time to the 17th century. There he meets Don Quixote, a delusional figure who believes himself to be a knight out of the Middle Ages. The time-traveling exec is mistaken for Sancho Panza, Quixote's squire, and adventure ensues.
What do you think? Is Duvall right for the part? Do you believe that Gilliam's long-gestating Quixote movie will FINALLY get made this time around?