I recite the Robert Browing poem to myself all the time. You know the quote?
“Grow old along with me! / The best is yet to be. / The last of life, for which the first was made.”
“I’m praying it’s going to be true” – Alan Arkin
Argo opened the Toronto International Film Festival, the same day that Iranian Embassy officials were being expelled from Canada. The festival in my home town of Toronto also presented the opportunity to learn more about Alan Arkin, who won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2006 for Little Miss Sunshine which came twenty -eight years after his last nomination for The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter (1968).
Argo is a political thriller but Alan Arkin will tell you himself that he is not a political analyst, but what he see’s is a worldwide paranoia. Everyone knows: The. Jig. Is. Up. I happen to agree with him that nature is pissed off and everybody’s waiting with bated breath for the other show to drop. Nobody’s free from that fear.
Alan Arkin is a great actor, but all his philosophies of acting: they all fell apart over the years, and suggests that one should not stay rigid, because, sooner or later, the rug is going to get pulled out from under you.
Acting was not really a calling, oh I have to be an actor, rather it came out of a lot of emotional needs – the same old actor bullshit, he say’s: “I need attention. I need love. Blah, blah, blah. And the truth is, being an actor doesn’t help with that at all”.
Little Miss Sunshine for which he won the Academy Award, took a lot of work, they never even thought of Alan for the role in the film. “They were thinking of somebody, I think, about ten or fifteen years older than I was. They thought I was a little virile. Well, ‘Virile’ was the word they used.”
Alan and I both have the same views on relationships, well not that but most certainly marriage. We are both on the same page that marriage requires searing honesty at all costs. Alan learned that from his third wife. Imagine being a CIA agent and you can’t tell your wife anything, and all that bullshit you make up, how do they do it?
Hollywood is and always has been a game where you have to out-bullshit someone else. The art is to turn the bullshit into reality, that is the magic, and few can do it. “It a strange place Hollywood. The class structure there is more rigid than almost anyplace. I have ever experienced. It’s made more difficult by the fact that it’s constantly changing. You never know what class you belong to unless you’re on of the two or three people that have been in the same echelon for a long. Long time.”
So what echelon does Alan Arkin belong to, let me tell you he will get nominated for an Oscar. In my opinion no one stands a chance against the cast and crew of the Ben Affleck’s thriller based on true events than Argo.