1998 Award Winner
in "The Apostle"
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What started as an actor's exploration of
character became a discovery of faith
My Search For The Apostle
by Robert Duvall
I've been an actor all my working life, and learning a part has
always meant more than just memorizing my lines. I immerse myself in the character I am to
play. I find out everything I can about who he is, the world he comes from, his
dreams, his fears, his passion, his humanity. I try to transform myself. A
remarkable thing can happen in this process. Many times I discover something new
about myself. Sometimes it is a discovery that changes my life.
In my current movie, which I also wrote and directed, I play a
troubled preacher who calls himself The Apostle. For years I have wanted to make
this film. It's been a labor of love, and it began in 1962 when I prepared to play a
character from the rural south in an off-Broadway play. To research the role I
traveled to Hughes, Ark. Wandering the streets of the sleepy Delta town, hanging out
in the coffee shop and the post office, I hoped to learn something about my character from
the way a man tipped his hat or drawled the directions to the local hostel. But what
I never expected to find was something that would change how I looked at religion.
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