Armand Assante is standing up for cinematic talent of a certain age.
Interviewed tonight at 10 p.m. ET on Movie Geeks United!, the screen idol – who turns 60 in October – rips Hollywood studio heads for turning their backs on directors who’ve graduated out of the coveted 18- to 35-year-old demo.
“I always am a little disillusioned that in Hollywood they’re knockin’ guys out of the loop once they’re in their 40s and 50s,” he tells hosts Jamie DuVall and Jerry Dennis.
“When in fact, if you look back into the history of Hollywood and look at directors like John Ford, John Huston, Howard Hawks – all these guys, including people like [John] Frankenheimer, they hit their stride in their 50s and 60s.
“Because it takes a lifetime to be able to synthesize a moment… To say, We don’t need this, this and this. What we need is that light in the corner with that man sitting in the chair over there,” Armand, whose latest flick, The Line, co-starring Ray Liotta, Andy Garcia and Esai Morales, premiered this week at the New York International Latino Film Festival, continues.
“And that’s the whole f – - – ing – that’s the whole proscenium. That’s the synthesis of life experience. That’s what makes the film world and the theatre world so interesting.”
Armand also discusses why he believes he has spent most of his career being offered gangster roles.
“As a young person, I was quite not even into that persona or those kind of characters,” he says. But the amount of material that came my way was shocking, in that genre.”
To hear Armand’s full interview, click here.