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Alan Arkin

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Academy Award winner Alan Arkin discusses his life and acting career. His memoir An Improvised Life recollects his artistic and personal process of becoming an actor, and offers a revealing look into the creative mind. He has starred and appeared in more than 80 films, and is also a director, musician, and children's book author.

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Comments [11]

Meh

[[jk In a single week, I saw one of the greatest films ever made, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, and one of the worst films ever made, Get Smart. Both featured Alan Arkin. I'm deeply disappointed that Arkin would tarnish his career by appearing in a horrendous film like Get Smart. Mar. 03 2011 12:52 PM]]

Your disappointment is meaningless. It's like evaluating DeNiro's career based on his role in "The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle." The "Get Smart" movie pulled in nearly a quarter of a billion dollars worldwide and Arkin was probably paid several million dollars for a couple of weeks of work. If someone offers you that same deal when you are 74 years old, let us know how you respond.

Mar. 03 2011 01:08 PM
jk

In a single week, I saw one of the greatest films ever made, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, and one of the worst films ever made, Get Smart. Both featured Alan Arkin. I'm deeply disappointed that Arkin would tarnish his career by appearing in a horrendous film like Get Smart.

Mar. 03 2011 12:52 PM
Brandon from Brooklyn

Please ask him where I can get a copy of his brilliant recording, "I Like You (Because You Don't Make Me Nervous)."

Mar. 03 2011 12:52 PM

damn you sound surly,and apathetic mr. arkin

Mar. 03 2011 12:51 PM
Mary

Wow, Mr. Arkin sounds like an ungrateful, cranky old man. Why is he doing interviews? If it's to sell his book he failed miserably.

Mar. 03 2011 12:48 PM
Mike from Tribeca

Turner Classic Movies aired The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter recently and Mr. Arkin is terrific in it. But he usually is terrific.

Mar. 03 2011 12:46 PM

Yes! I also had the Baby Sitters recordings as a kid. They were just delightful. As I recall children's toys were used for sound effects. Mine are long gone -- are they still available?

Mar. 03 2011 12:26 PM
Brenda from Manhattan

Please share a very hearty THANK YOU with Mr. Arkin for so many years of joy. He is one of my favorite actors.

Mar. 03 2011 12:20 PM
A listener

Woody Allen told Terry Gross that, contrary to what people might think, Allen was very athletic as a kid, including being a good baseball player.

Is Mr. Arkin a physically active person and how does that factor into the roles he has chosen?

Mar. 03 2011 12:18 PM
A listener

Has Mr. Arkin kept the same friends throughout his life or has he moved through periods of life where he acquires new friends and loses older friends?

Mar. 03 2011 12:10 PM
chris

My young son LOVES "the babysitters" folk music... can Mr. Arkin discuss this part of his career?

Mar. 03 2011 12:09 PM

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