Robert Duvall Discussed His Request To Improvise His Part For 12 Mighty Orphans [Exclusive Interview]

Right: Robert Duvall as Mason Hawk in 12 MIGHTY ORPHANS | Photo by James Bland. Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.

Only an actor like Robert Duvall is accommodated on his request improvise in the new film 12 Mighty Orphans. A film directed by Ty Roberts in company with other big name talent like Martin Sheen and Treat Williams.  

The Synopsis 

12 MIGHTY ORPHANS tells the true story of the Mighty Mites, the football team of a Fort Worth orphanage who, during the Great Depression, went from playing without shoes—or even a football—to playing for the Texas state championships. Over the course of their winning season these underdogs and their resilient spirit became an inspiration to their city, state, and an entire nation in need of a rebound, even catching the attention of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The architect of their success was Rusty Russell (Luke Wilson), a legendary high school coach who shocked his colleagues by giving up a privileged position so he could teach and coach at an orphanage. Few knew Rusty’s secret: that he himself was an orphan.  Recognizing that his scrawny players couldn’t beat the other teams with brawn, Rusty developed innovative strategies that would come to define modern football.

12 MIGHTY ORPHANS Photo by Laura Wilson. Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.

Robert Duvall has been part of the entertainment industry for over seven decades. He started acting in theater before moving on to television and films. As expected he has earned several awards throughout his career including an Academy Award for Tender Mercies, four Golden Globes, BAFTA, Screen Actors Guild Award and an Emmy Award plus several others and other award nominations.  

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Most people remember him for playing Major Frank Burns in the comedy war film MASH and Tom Hagen in the first and second Godfather films. In addition to other big screen projects like Apocalypse Now, The Apostle, Open Range plus others. Currently he has two projects pending.

Center: Jake Austin Walker as Hardy Brown in 12 MIGHTY ORPHANS.

I was connected to Mr.Robert Duvall via Zoom to discuss his contribution to 12 Mighty Orphans. Duvall shared the experience of working with his fellow castmate Martin Sheen again after several years. Also brought up improvising his part with the company of her granddaughter and what he hopes the audience takes away from watching this film.

12 Mighty Orphans is now available in theaters 

Source: LRM Exclusive


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Nancy Tapia

Nancy Tapia has been an interviewer for LRM and Latino-Review Media since 2011. Currently a member of the Hollywood Critics Association. Former UCLA Bruin specializes in Management. Covering entertainment has been an unexpected lively journey. Always open to the next, new experience. From solo traveling to adding a new peak to her personal 100 Hike Challenge. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter @inancytapia

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