Magazine article Variety

Harvey Keitel on Making the Right Choices

Magazine article Variety

Harvey Keitel on Making the Right Choices

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Harvey keitel has worked with auteurs from Martin Scorsese to Quentin Tarantino, so he had years of research in his pocket when he was cast as a film director in Paolo Sorrentino's "Youth." The movie co-stars Michael Caine as a famous conductor; the two play old friends vacationing at a spa in the Alps.

Did you know Sorrentlno before signing onto "Youth"?

I knew his work. I loved "The Great Beauty" and "II Divo." When "The Great Beauty" won best foreign language film at the Oscars, I said, "It didn't deserve it." People would look at me, and I'd say, "It deserved to be called best picture." ... I was not the first choice (for "Youth.") But my agent stayed in there and got me the part.

Do you remember the last time you had to audition?

Frankly, I like to hold myself open for auditions. I want someone when they hire me to be sure they want me. And the best way to do that is if they've seen my work. If they have not, I'm willing to read for the part.

It's hard to believe that you've never worked with Michael Caine before this movie.

People say that; it's interesting. Michael's an actor I've always admired. He's one of those actors who set a standard for the work when I was a young actor. I'm so happy to get the chance to work with him.

What do you think was the secret to your chemistry? …

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