Role Recall: Anjelica Huston on ‘The Grifters,’ ‘Captain EO’ and More
Role Recall is a new Yahoo Movies interview series where film icons tell us the first thing that comes to mind when thinking back on their greatest hits.
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"I don't believe in retirement," Huston said last week from Miami. "As long as one's of able mind and body, I think retirement is certainly not in my program any time soon."
The 62-year-old actress impresses in a whole new medium with her richly detailed stories about bouncing around New York, Ireland and London as a youth, and growing up among Hollywood royalty (her dad the legendary director John Huston, her grandfather actor Walter Huston …. All three Oscar winners, a multi-generational first for the Academy).
We thought the book's release the perfect excuse to ask the versatile thesp about her most beloved screen roles, from her lead debut in her father's "A Walk with Love and Death" to her Oscar-winning work in "Prizzi's Honor" to working alongside Michael Jackson in "Captain EO" to some of her latest adventures in the wacky world of Wes Andersonville.
"A Walk with Love and Death" (1969)
On working with her father, director John Huston: "'Walk with Love and Death' was a difficult movie for the both of us. I had ambitions as an actress but had no training. My father gave me this film as a sort of launching pad for a career and I think I was ill-equipped for it.
"I wasn't very attracted to the role, I was at school at the time, and there'd been a school search, a search launched for Juliet for "Romeo and Juliet," which Franco Zeffirelli was about to do. They talked to me about coming back for a third interview, and my father wrote to him and said that I would be working with him and please not to consider me anymore. I was very disappointed because I wanted to work with Franco Zeffirelli. I didn't necessarily want to work with my father on a movie." [laughs]
"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975)
On her blink-and-you'll-miss-it-appearance: "It wasn't even a cameo. We just were standing on a bridge. I was with Aurore Clément, who was going out with [director] Milos Forman. My then-boyfriend Jack Nicholson's assistant Annie Marshall, and I think Brenda Vaccaro possibly, were all standing on a dock watching the boys come in from a fishing trip. And I think Milos just turned on the camera and got a quick shot of us for posterity.