Podcast: Donald Sutherland


ZFF Masters: Donald Sutherland (2018)

This episode presents a ZFF Masters with Donald Sutherland, the legendary and iconic character actor known for classics such as ’M*A*S*H’ and KLUTE. The Canadian visited the Zurich Film Festival in 2018 and accepted a Golden Eye Lifetime Achievement. He talks about the wild days of New Hollywood in the 70s and shares anecdotes of his collaborations with the likes of Robert Redford, Robert Altman and John Schlesinger. He reveals that Fellini was among the most difficult directors, but that the Italian gave him a priceless advice for his career.

Hosted by Michael Barker
Language: English
Duration: 58 minutes

Show Notes

  • After an extensive introduction by Michael Barker, Donald Sutherland talks about how his famous scene in Robert Aldrich’s THE DIRTY DOZEN came about. [11:50]
  • How Robert Altman initially didn’t want to cast Donald Sutherland for his eventual breakthrough role in MASH and other amusing behind-the-scene information regarding the making of that film. [18:28]
  • All the incredible directors he worked with (Robert Aldrich, Robert Altman, Bernardo Bertolucci, John Schlesinger...) and how he ended up naming his sons after talented filmmakers. [23:20]
  • Focusing on the famous Italian directors in particular, Donald Sutherland relates his experiences working together with Frederico Fellini for FELLINI’S CASANOVA and playing a fascist in Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1900. [26:27]
  • Taking part in John Landis’ ANIMAL HOUSE and the entertaining story of how he himself potentially lost millions of dollars on that film. [38:30]
  • His outstanding political speeches in films along the example of his performance in Oliver Stone’s JFK.[44:33]
  • The amount of work and effort behind character portrayals such as that of Calvin in Robert Redford’s ORDINARY PEOPLE. [46:22]
  • Turning down leading roles in John Boorman’s DELIVERANCE and Sam Peckinpah’s STRAW DOGS. [50:46]
  • The incredible output of Donald Sutherland’s career and how he doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon. [52:20]