But perhaps more than anything, he’s known for playing the great American writer Mark Twain: he’s been playing the “Tom Sawyer” author for sixty years in one-man show “Mark Twain Tonight!,” winning a Tony and an Emmy for his trouble. And now it’s coming to the big screen, with Scott Teems (who directed Holbrook in the underseen and way underrated “That Evening Sun“) helming a documentary “Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey” which was snuck in at the LAFF last night before premiering officially at AFI Docs on Wednesday. To celebrate, we have an exclusive clip and poster from the film: check it out below, along with the official synopsis.
Hal Holbrook’s Mark Twain is an icon of American theatre. Since first walking onto stage in 1954, Holbrook has performed his one-man show on Broadway, in all fifty states, in twenty countries, behind the Iron Curtain, and before five U.S. Presidents. Millions have seen the Tony and Emmy Award-winning show, and countless actors and scholars have been influenced by the work. Directed by Scott Teems (who directed Holbrook in the award-winning film That Evening Sun), this documentary celebrates the sixtieth consecutive year of Holbrook’s one-man masterpiece, and features interviews with Sean Penn, Martin Sheen, Emile Hirsch, Cherry Jones, and a host of others. This is the epic story of “Mark Twain Tonight!” This is the story of an American odyssey.