OUTSIDE THE ACTOR’S STUDIO: WARREN BEATTY
The Studio Exec sat down with the legendary Warren Beatty to discuss acting, politics and if he really did have sex with Richard Pryor.
Hello, Mr Beatty. Thanks for coming.
I know it was a long time ago but can you tell me about how you prepared for the infamous ‘ Squeal like a pig’ scene in ‘Deliverance’?
I wasn’t in ‘Deliverance’. That was Ned Beatty.
Really? Is he a relation of yours?
Okay. Moving on. The film ‘Network’ often features on critic’s favourite movie lists. What are your memories of making that picture?
I wasn’t in Network.
Surely you played the character that delivered the great “You have meddled with the primal forces of nature”, speech?
No, that was Ned Beatty.
I see…okay, I’ve got it. Your character Josef Locke in the beautiful ‘Hear My Song’ was…
Mmm…it seems there’s been some research errors. What movies have you been in?
Bonnie and Clyde.
Of course! A very memorable performance from Faye Dunaway. Any others?
McCabe and Mrs Miller.
I think I got half an hour in and fell asleep.
I’ve heard it’s very long so I’ve never bothered. These are all fine but quite niche movies. Have you been in anything our audience might know?
Shampoo, Heaven Can Wait, The Parallax View?
Anything in the last 40 years?
Fine, I was in Dick Tracy.
Of course you were in Dick Tracy! It had completely slipped my mind.
Who did you play in Dick Tracy?
Yes, Dick Tracy.
I played Dick Tracy in Dick Tracy.
Did you? Wow. I only saw it once and that was about 30 years ago.
Do you even know who the f*ck I am?
Sure. Moving on. You’ve been in a lot of obscure films but very few really great ones. How come you’re famous?
Because I’m Warren Fucking Beatty that’s why I’m so famous. Brilliant actor, genius director, legendary lover.
Legendary lover? Who have you slept with?
How about Richard Pryor?
Marlon Brando did.
I know. I mean it’s fine to sleep with whoever you want but the thought of Marlon Brando being ground in the arse by Richard Pryor. I don’t know, It’s just difficult to process that picture.
Indeed. Unfortunately it looks like we’ve run out of time. Sorry we never got around to talking about your performance in ‘The Wild Bunch’ but Warren Oates, it’s been a pleasure.