Cinema: Divine Inspiration

Robert Duvall's The Apostle tops a dynamic career. God--and Oscar--may be on his side

He seems to live in the skin of characters whose skin you might not even want to touch. His trick is to find the surprising private clue: that, say, Adolf Eichmann, whom he played in a TV movie, "loved his kids, doted on them. That gave me a starting point." Or that Stalin (an Emmy-winning HBO turn) could force himself to talk sympathetically to his daughter--"I felt that was as good a work as I've done." So to get inside America's greatest underrated actor, we should look for that secret quirk, that strange but true passion...

Robert Duvall loves to tango!


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