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Robert Duvall goes back to Texas for his latest role

Duvall plays an aging, ill-tempered rancher in 'A Night in Old Mexico,' a man who could be a descendant of the tough Texas Rangers his Capt. Gus McRae rode with in 'Lonesome Dove.'

March 20, 2014|By Steve Appleford

They were only occasionally in contact after completing "The Godfather," but in 1997, he got a letter from Brando warmly praising "The Apostle," the story of a preacher's profound fall from grace that Duvall wrote, directed and starred in. "The letter is maybe more important than my Oscar," Duvall says with a smile.

In his next film, Duvall is back to an urban setting as the title character in "The Judge," with Robert Downey Jr., set for October release. After that, Duvall hopes for more quality time in Texas to make another film about the rangers. It would include a role for his Argentine wife, Luciana, 42, who appeared with Duvall in 2002's "Assassination Tango."

"Enough things come along now, but not a great amount, which is fine. Who knows how many more I'll do before they wipe the drool," says Duvall, who needs only a great script to begin building a character.

"I call it from ink to behavior. It begins with the written word, but what does that mean? It's different to make it into behavior. It's a journey."

steve.appleford@latimes.com

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