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Warren Beatty Talks ‘Dick Tracy’ Reboot, This Year’s Election and More in New AMA

He also states that “arrogance" was what inspired him to make "Reds."

Warren Beatty


“Rules Don’t Apply” marks Warren Beatty’s return to the silver screen after 15 years of being absent in front of the camera and 18 years since his last directorial project. The film is set in 1950s Hollywood and follows the romantic relationship between a young actress and businessman, which is forbidden by their employer Howard Hughes.

In celebration of his return, the acclaimed director and actor took to Reddit for an AMA where he recalled his best memories of being on set, his thoughts on the election and if he’d like to see a “Dick Tracy” reboot.

Here are 10 highlights from his “Ask Me Anything” Q&A:

His best memory about filming “Bonnie and Clyde.”

“That my mother and father visited me on the set for the first time since it was the first movie I produced. My mother was a smoker. She and my father sat in and witnessed a production meeting. I saw her smoking and I asked her in front of the group if she loved me. There was an embarrassing silence. She said to me, ‘Of course, I love you. Why would you ask a question like that?’ I then said, ‘Well if you love me, will you put that cigarette out and never smoke another one?’ She stared down at the cigarette in her hand for a while and then she put it out. She never smoked another cigarette.”

What inspired him to make “Reds”?


A director, dead or alive, he’d want/wanted to work with that he never got the chance?

“Jean Renoir.”

Which actor would he want to portray him in his biopic and why.

“Ronald Reagan. Or maybe Barack Obama. I might add that Ronald Reagan, who was a friend of mine, once said to me (not joking) that he did not know how anyone could be President now without being an actor.”

His thoughts on this year’s election.

“I’ve spent a lot of my life in political activism. I campaigned for Jack Kennedy, I campaigned with Bobby Kennedy and quit movies for a while to work with George McGovern and help him try to get us out of Vietnam. I’ve remained a lifelong Democrat although I have as many friends who are Republicans. What concerns me most at the moment is that the commercialization of the use of technology may be creating a cacophony of opinions that obliterates voices of wisdom.”

READ MORE: ‘Rules Don’t Apply’ Trailer: Warren Beatty Stars as Howard Hughes In 1950’s Hollywood Rom-Com

His opinion on a “Dick Tracy” reboot.


What he was doing during his break from film.

“I have been experiencing fatherhood with the five most fascinating people on earth, Annette and my four kids whom I like to refer to as ‘four small Eastern European countries, all democracies but with chiefs of state firmly ensconced.’ And each one more interesting than any five movies.”

One of his movies that he wished more people saw and appreciated.

“People might find ‘Bulworth’ more interesting now than when it was released.”

His favorite memory from filming “Bugsy.”

“My favorite memory from ‘Bugsy’ is how I lost interest in the garlic chicken I was eating two seconds after I met Annette Bening for the first time.”

How he feels about being Annette Bening’s husband?

“The best thing that ever happened to me is Annette Bening.”

READ MORE: Warren Beatty’s ‘Rules Don’t Apply’ Will Open AFI FEST 2016

Check out the new trailer for “Rules Don’t Apply,” which hits theaters on November 23.

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