Warren Beatty Hasn't Read Any of the Books Written About Him "Because they're fiction!"

79-year-old American actor Warren Beatty opens up about how he embodied the essence of Howard Hughes in the film Rules Don't Apply (which he also co-produced and directed), why he would never play somebody that he knows personally, and more in an intimate video interview.

Released on 2/27/2017

Transcript

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I had an near miss with a man named Howard Hughes
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which I felt was rather amusing.
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And I found that I was amused by Howard Hughes.
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In the 1960s when I came to Hollywood
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and I continued to be, the word is amused.
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I never met him by the way but I did have the feeling
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that I had met everyone who had ever met him.
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And they all spoke very highly of him.
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I think he was well liked but a little impossible.
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Unpredictable, eccentric, and he had his own rules.
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Why I played real life people?
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Don't you think that in some sense
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that all of history is crammed with fiction?
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I don't think I would be able to play somebody
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that I actually knew.
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I never knew Clyde Barrow or Bugsy Siegel or John Reed
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or Howard Hughes and so I'm able to take liberties
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and allow the imagination to go to work
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on what these people might have been.
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I like to quote Henry Ford who said history is bunk.
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I like to quote Winston Churchill who said
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history will be very kind to me
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because I intend to write it.
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I like to quote Napoleon who said,
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history is a set of lies agreed upon.
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With this movie I got rid of those quotes
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and I quoted Howard Hughes himself, who said,
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never check an interesting fact.
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So I would hear these interesting facts,
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supposed facts about Howard Hughes from people
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that knew him and they were all kind of funny.
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There was no point in checking them
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because how do you know if you're getting
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the right description of what has happened
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and as someone who has, how many books have
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I had written about me?
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You don't know the number?
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I've never read more than 10 pages
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of any one of these books because they're fiction,
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they're fiction.
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Howard Hughes said never check an interesting fact
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because if you check an interesting fact
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and it was no longer interesting you might feel bad.