|As Durf the Drag on the 1960's teen sitcom, Gidget starring Sally Field.|
|My personal autographed publicity still.|
In a recent interview with movie critic, Peter Howell, the legendary actor said he was initially attracted to his role because of the character’s self-awareness. “When George Lucas was casting for that film, he told me I could play either Curt or the little guy (Ron Howard’s role). I said, “I want to play Curt, because he’s reflective, Dreyfuss recalled. He knows that 20 years from now, he will remember that night. He knows it. So I want to play that.” The actor’s love of portraying a character with personal insight is conveyed in his amazing ability to portray such a person - one who possesses a clear perception of himself and life around him.
Dreyfuss’ performance in Graffiti brilliantly conveys the personality of a kid who is hyper-aware of the fact that he is experiencing the last night of his carefree teenage life and is cherishing the moment in time as it is happening. An example of this is the scene in the film where he’s walking down the hall of his former high school and he tries to open up his locker but the number combination has already been changed. “You could see him doing it smiling and remembering it, filing it away,” Dreyfuss recalled. I think of all the characteristics that I like to play as an actor, self-awareness is the top. There are characters I’ve played that don’t have it but that’s what I enjoy playing the most.
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- Howell, Peter. (June 03, 2013) “Richard Dreyfuss the proud canuck from Brooklyn.” The Star.com. Retrieved 8/21/2013. http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/movies/2013/06/03/richard_dreyfuss_the_proud_canuck_from_brooklyn.html
- King, Susan (July 29, 2013) “Oscars outdoors goes to the drive-in with American Graffiti.” Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 8/21/2013. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/moviesnow/la-et-mn-oscars-outdoors-classic-hollywood-20130729,0,5799727.story
- Richard Dreyfuss on Inside the Actors Studio. Hosted by James Lipton. Season 7, episode 4. Original airdate December 03, 2000.