Jamey DuVall appears to be straight out of central casting, namely from the office marked “Movie Gurus.” What with his not-so-vague resemblance to Orson Wells and a surname that’s thisclose to Bobby Duvall’s, our Movie Geeks United! host brings an air of authority to discussions of all things cinematic – not to mention the ease at which he puts such notable guests as Jon Voight, Francis Ford Coppola, Jeff Goldblum, Brian De Palma and Alan Rickman. Adding to the Lakeland, Fla., resident’s screen cred is the fact that his interviews frequently generate news that’s carried on the Internet Movie Database and other leading industry outlets. That said, it’s time we stop scribbling and start shouting “Action!”
Give us a 15-second pitch for your show – why should listeners tune in?
Movie Geeks United! is produced by and for people who share a deep love and appreciation of film. Our interviews cover the latest films by involving every facet of the industry, from the lead actor to the makeup artist to the composer. Past guests have included screen idols, big- name directors and more than 400 other professionals working in front of and behind the camera. We also pay tribute to the films and artists who have shaped our lives, like we’ve done with directors like David Lynch and Steven Spielberg, or films like Heat and Gone With the Wind. Those specials feature conversations with artists and scholars who have unique insights into the subjects we’re exploring.
Tell us two things listeners would be surprised to learn about you?
I’m not as well-versed in pre-1970s cinema as I’d like to be (but my co-host, Jerry Dennis, more than makes up for my slacking in that department). It’s generally assumed that I’m a movie snob, and my tastes lean more to the pretentious dramas. I actually despise a lot of pretentious, ‘art house’ films. Flicks like The Big Lebowski and The Naked Gun rank among my favorites.
Who’s your broadcasting hero?
Charlie Rose is emblematic of all the qualities I think a good interviewer should possess, particularly when he converses with artists. He’s endlessly interested in and fascinated by his subjects, and approaches them with an intelligent and searching curiosity. I think he understands the art of good conversation better than any television journalist working today.
If you could book any person on earth as a guest on your show, who would it be and why?
Al Pacino has always been my favorite artist, so he would be the ultimate dream of an interview. We haven’t had any luck so far in getting him to do our show, though he is aware of us. Keep your fingers crossed!
As we speak, what are you wearing?
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done while in the middle of hosting your show?
One of the more infamous moments on the show occurred when I broke down in tears while expressing my love for Woody Allen’s Vicky Christina Barcelona. All of a sudden, the chat room became my support group. But it was a moment that epitomized what we hope our show to be: A gathering place for people who share a great passion for film, and are sometimes moved beyond words by the films they love.
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