April 21, 2014

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Richard Dreyfuss on ‘Lightkeepers,’ leaving the Screen Actor’s Guild, and lasting in Hollywood

By Todd Gilchrist
HollywoodNews.com: For most entertainment journalists, there are only a handful of times when an actor or filmmaker is unguarded enough or unafraid to tell the truth about their experiences in Hollywood. Mind you, it’s understandable that these folks would not want to bad-mouth projects or jeopardize future plans, but as a result, things can occasionally get a bit prosaic on the reporting side. But at a roundtable this week for the new film The Lightkeepers, iconic actor Richard Dreyfuss offered a wealth of unvarnished truth about himself, his career, and the industry at large.
Speaking to the actor during a roundtable in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Dreyfuss was passionate, perhaps slightly unfocused, but always amazingly candid as he talked about his experiences on past films, his current obsessions including a civic initiative, his feelings about the Screen Actor’s Guild, and his future in and out of show business.
[Note: Although "Hollywood News" is used to distinguish questions from answers in the text below, our journalist was just one of many reporters asking questions of the filmmakers.]

Hollywood News: Are you at all like your character in The Lightkeepers, who doesn’t like to be asked or answer questions?

Richard Dreyfuss: It’s the difference between me and the character, because I have opinions about things I know nothing about. I always feel a kind of blessed relief when I don’t have an opinion. It’s like an addiction that’s finally gone away. Really, I have opinions about just about everything.
Hollywood News: This is a film very much about the dynamic between men and women – men want to escape them but can’t live without them. How much could you relate to the character you play?

Dreyfuss: In those days, there was a society of men – academics and professors – who were so shy and anti-social that they didn’t know how to deal with women. They were the original ancestors of nerds. They became known as women-haters, but they were never women-haters. They were just men who didn’t know how to ask a woman out on a date. That’s it. At the same time that this story happens, in one town over, was the Provincetown Revolution of Eugene O’Neill and John Reed, the journalist who’s buried in the Kremlin. That’s where Mamie Gummer’s character comes from. She’s a modernist, and she would take the same offense at women-hating as any woman now would.
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Richard Dreyfuss reveals why he made ‘Piranha 3-D:’ “to get money”

On Tuesday, Richard Dreyfuss spoke with reporters about his new film The Lightkeepers, a modest comedy about two men who hole up in a lighthouse to escape the world only to be confronted by their past. In addition to talking about that film, Dreyfuss briefly discussed his participation in the thriller Red and Piranha 3-D, where he reprises one of the roles that made him famous, Jaws’ enthusiastic ichthyologist Matt Hooper. The actor, who at 62 no longer has time for varnished truth, offered the following unusually candid details about his involvement in the pair of upcoming projects.
Hollywood News: You indicated you like a comfortable set. What was it like to work with Bruce Willis and Morgan Freeman on Red, where they seem like old hands who could hyptothetically make the experience very relaxed?

Richard Dreyfuss: It was great. It was a very rare experience for me to work with people who had such high reputations altogether. In that way, it was great. But, I was only on the film for about four days.
Hollywood News: What is your role in the film?

Dreyfuss: The political cabinet member villain. Apparently, that’s what I do, nowadays.
Hollywood News: Why did you take a role in Piranha 3-D? Was that a tribute to Jaws?

Dreyfuss: I had said no because I didn’t want to make fun of my own career. I was on the phone with Bob Weinstein and he said, “We can give you a lot more money,” and I told him what I was involved in. I was describing to him this [idea of] bringing civics back, so that people understood their own civic authority. Because if we’re bound only by ideas and don’t teach them, we’re not bound. And, he interrupted and said, “If it hadn’t already been written, I would have said, ‘You had me at civics.’” He wrote a check that was this big to the Initiative, and I said, “Okay, I’ll do the film.” And their names are going to be on the bottom of the website, permanently.
Hollywood News: Who do you play in the film?

Dreyfuss: I play Matt Hooper. I play the older Matt Hooper, who escaped being eaten by the shark and is now eaten by a bunch of piranha fish.
Hollywood News: Was it an opportunity for you to bring some gravitas to something that might otherwise be superficial fun?

Dreyfuss: No, it was an [...]