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Sep 29th 2016 by moikederp • 22 Questions • 2686 Points

Hi, I am Warren Beatty, actor/producer/director of the upcoming film ‘Rules Don’t Apply.’ - watch the new trailer - as well as films like Splendor in the Grass, Bonnie and Clyde, Shampoo, Heaven Can Wait, Reds, Dick Tracy, Bugsy and Bulworth. So… Ask Me Anything!

Proof: https://twitter.com/20thcenturyfox/status/781557879467683840

And more: https://twitter.com/RulesDontApply/status/781562700815933441

Edit: Thank you! This is only the 12,775th time I've ever done something like this!

Q:

Hey Warren,

With a career of incredible movies spanning decades, box office successes, magazine covers, talk shows, red carpets, and Oscar nominations... do you sometimes find it overwhelming to be the husband of Annette Bening?

A:

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


Q:

What is your best memory about filming Bonnie and Clyde? Best regards for you and your wife from a fan of both in Mexico.

A:

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.


Q:

Is there a director dead or alive that you want/wanted to work with that you never got the chance? If so who?

Love your work, Bonnie and Clyde is one of the all time greats

A:

Jean Renoir


Q:

Hey Warren! Big fan here. Does "Rules Don't Apply" feel like your magnum opus, or do you still consider the music video for "Ghetto Superstar" to be the masterpiece of your lifetime?

A:

That's a decision only you can make.


Q:

Do you have any thoughts you can share about the critical pile-on for Ishtar? I honestly thought it was one of the funniest films I've ever seen, and I watch it often. "This map could inflame the entire middle east". Good stuff.

A:

You're right about Ishtar. It's a long story about the way it was handled.


Q:

How does the tabloid press of today compare to 25, and 50 years ago? Is it really that much worse?

A:

Yes.


Q:

Are you surprised Mickey One never found a big, cult audience?

A:

No.


Q:

Tell us about working with Lily Collins. She seems like an actress with a lot of talent who hasn't gotten a chance to showcase it. Thoughts?

A:

I feel Lily Collins has an unlimited potential in movies. She makes brave choices, it's hard to take your eyes off of her on screen and her chemistry with Alden Ehrenreich was both hilarious and moving.


Q:

Are you going to be in any Marvel movies or Star Warses?

A:

No but our hilarious and romantic leading man in Rules Don't Apply, Alden Ehrenreich, is the new Han Solo.


Q:

You've been such an influence on my personally since Dick Tracy when I was 12. My passion for film and acting are thanks to you. Also your love of politics encouraged me to vote at 18. How do you feel about this years election??

A:

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.


Q:

one of my fave lines from REDS - 'well its Thanksgiving - why don't you come as a turkey" Written or from history?

A:

Written.


Q:

If someone made a biopic about your life, which actor would you want to play you and why?

A:

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.


Q:

How was it working with the great Robert Altman? Did you pick up anything from him ?

A:

Bob Altman was a lot of fun to work with. He was brilliantly flexible and improvisational.


Q:

Who is an actor that you admired starting out, that doesn't get their due?

A:

Steve Hill who unfortunately passed away recently.


Q:

To me there is something special about Shampoo that I can't put my finger on. Would you say that It's a Hal Ashby movie or Hal Ashby/Warren Beatty movie? What was your involvement behind the scenes?

A:

I would call it a Hal Ashby/Robert Towne/Warren Beatty movie. We were all happily involved.


Q:

Which is harder to do acting or directing? In your opinion.

A:

I don't like to separate them and I don't like the actors I work with to separate them. I like to have everyone feel they are directing at the same time as we are acting together. They're not... but I like them to feel that they are anyway.


Q:

3 Stooges or Marx Brothers?

A:

Groucho was a friend of mine I have to go with that. I was never close to Karl (Marx.)


Q:

Hey Warren! Thanks for joining us! Been a fan since I was 12! Bugsy remains my favorite film. Thank you for that gift. What's your favorite memory from that film? Any shot or scene in particular?

PS - Annette is brilliant. Tell her reddit says hello!

A:

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.


Q:

Will you ever write an autobiography??

A:

Yes.


Q:

What is your connection to Nova Scotia?

A:

My mother was from Nova Scotia.


Q:

So Dick Tracy reboot?

A:

Yes.


Q:

What was your favorite location to film in?

A:

Hollywood.