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Damon, Foxx, Washington, Gere, Arkin & Hawkes Talk Hollywood, Fame & Craft in THR’s Actors Roundtable

Damon, Foxx, Washington, Gere, Arkin & Hawkes Talk Hollywood, Fame & Craft in THR's Actors Roundtable

It’s that time of year again for The Hollywood Reporter’s roundtable discussions, with the actors installment debuting November 8. The six leading and supporting men featured are Matt Damon (who stars in the upcoming “Promised Land”), Jamie Foxx (“Django Unchained”), Denzel Washington (“Flight”), Richard Gere (“Arbitrage”), Alan Arkin (“Argo”) and John Hawkes (“The Sessions”). Full video roundtable plus quote highlights below.

Alan Arkin on the most shocking thing that’s happened to him in Hollywood:

“Gentle, loving kindness.”

The reason Matt Damon didn’t do a new Bourne movie:

“Because they didn’t have a script! I was always open to doing it with Paul Greengrass, the director, but they didn’t have the script. A lot of times what happens in these big-budget movies is they’ll get a release date, and they’ll book everybody’s time, and they’ll just send you off to a location with no script — and that’s your problem, and you got to figure it out. I didn’t want to put myself in that situation again because that takes years off your life. I’d rather have a script and go through it in a sensible way, and even if we throw the script out, there is half a script.”

What about fame changed Denzel Washington’s life?

“Nothing, ’cause it wasn’t like it was an overnight thing. I’m just a working actor. I’m still not famous, as far as I’m concerned. The fame part, other than getting a reservation at a restaurant … I’m just a regular guy.”

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