Robert Duvall To Play Gilliam’s Don Quixote?

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 1st, 2013 at 3:55 pm,

donquixote Robert Duvall To Play Gilliams Don Quixote?Has it really been almost decade since Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote fell apart?  How time flies.

Well it now looks like Gilliam is about to get Don Quixote back in the saddle (albeit without Johnny Depp), and it looks like acting legend Robert Duvall could be replacing original lead Jean Rochefort in the adaptation of Cervantes’ iconic tale.

It has been a long and winding road for Gilliam, who has been trying to get Quixote onto to the big screen for well over ten years. The original film fell apart due to Rochefort falling ill, but the film was plagued by all sorts of problems ranging from floods to financing difficulties. To find out more about Gilliam’s first crack at making The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, check out the fantastic documentary Lost In La Mancha.

The intervening years have been filled with Gilliam trying to get the rights to the film back from the film’s insurers and producers and attempting to raise funds for the feature. When he finally snagged the rights the visionary director began a new draft of the script with writer Tony Grisoni. Earlier in the year, it was reported that Johnny Depp’s busy schedule meant that he wouldn’t be returning the long-gestating project.

Collider recently spoke with Robert Duvall about his forthcoming music drama, Crazy Heart (starring Jeff Bridges) and Duvall spilled the beans that he’s been talking to Gilliam about starring in the film.

Below is an excerpt of Collider’s Interview with Duvall.

Duvall: I may work with Terry Gilliam next – if they get the money – to play Don Quixote de la Mancha.


Duvall: In Europe. In Spain.

He told me about the project. That would be amazing.

Duvall: Totally amazing to work with Terry Gilliam. But, once again, the money. It’s so difficult to get the money. He saw me play a Cuban barber one time with Richard Harris and that’s what gave him the idea to cast me as Don Quixote”

With Depp out of the picture and funding an issue it looks like Gilliam will be looking for a “name” actor to fill Depp’s shoes.

rochefort as quixote Robert Duvall To Play Gilliams Don Quixote?

Rochefort as Gilliam’s original Quixote

Following The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus I wouldn’t be surprised if Gilliam gave Colin Farrell or Jude Law a call, considering that they are now about the same age Depp was a decade or so ago.

More on The Man Who Killed Don Quixote when we get it.

Source: Collider

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  1. Knowing Gilliam’s luck, Duvall will die in the middle of the shooting

  2. Fair play to Gilliam for not giving up on this, but with his luck Duvall will get struck by lightning after three days’ shooting, the extras will all be arrested on drugs charges, the sets will be eaten by termites, and whoever he gets to replace Depp will slice two of his fingers off opening a tin of spam.

  3. Huggybear, I think we’re on the same wavelength there!

  4. Oh

    I want to see this finished!!!

  5. Colin Farrell would be a good Depp replacement, but what about Cillian Murphy? I think he would work well in a Gilliam film.

  6. According to the documentary,Lost In La Mancha,just about every attempt to do a Don Quixote movie has failed miserably,not just by Gilliam.

    I would really like to see Gilliam’s vision on Quixote,but at this point,I just don’t know if it’s really worth it anymore.This project seems to be Gilliam’s personal White Whale,and we all know what happened to Ahab.

  7. Easy way around the Quixote curse:

    1. Announce you are starting a new film project: “Untitiled Film” (or something really obscure like, “Blue Harvest”)

    2. Film the entire movie, same Quixote story but change the names of the characters.

    3. At the last second during editing, dub the real character names over changed ones.

    4. Release the film to Theaters as “Don Quixote”

    5. Die a nasty, horribly gruesome death as the Universe gets back at you for putting one over on Fate.

  8. No wonder Gilliam can’t raise the money – his movies averaged 26mil gross.(“Adventures of Baron Munchausen” (1988) cost 46 mil to make and earned $ 8 mil in US).
    This one would have a 100 mil plus budget and would have to gross 3 times that amount to break even. Will it shoot in Spain/Europe? (euro= 1.50 US$)
    And neither Colin Farrell (Alexander??? LOL!)nor Jude Law have Johnny Depps talent/box office draw (sorry guys!)

    Maybe Robert Downey Jr?