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The Robert Loggia/Marc Meyers Interview  (Page 2 of 4)

An Interview with Robert Loggia and Marc Meyers

Robert Loggia: As an actor, you bring your own life experience to the role and I think for all of us, itís kind of a shared experience. I think all of us have relatives, whether theyíre brothers and sisters or uncles and aunts or grandparents or whatever, that experience this Alzheimerís dilemma.

Gary Barg: What is the most important piece of advice you might give to your grandson or to a family caregiver?

Robert Loggia: Thatís a tough question. Even now that Iím 81, itís more like passing the baton or the leadership. I donít know how else to put it. I canít say I like hitting 81. I tell you that life is finite, but youíre part of the family of man and thatís the way it is.You donít become a know-it-all because youíre 81 years old. You become, at least for me, someone whoís given his best effort to wife and children and grandchildren, all of that. Youíve given it your best shot and Iíll see you in heaven, you know?

Gary Barg: What is the story your movie Harvest is trying to tell us?

Marc Meyers: What the movie is really about is how this family learns, in their own individual and collective ways, to come to terms with the fact that the family is now changing. They know a chapter in their collective history is closing and a new one is beginning that they will not understand until this non-mystery, this inevitable loss of the patriarch, is going to happen. From my point of view as a storyteller, I wanted to look into how people really behave in this moment that they know is happening to them.

Gary Barg: Can you tell me how it was to work with Robert Loggia in your film?

Marc Meyers: He is such a gentleman. He is such an artist at his core. His persona is just all him being tough, but he is really a tender guy. He is an actor with such confidence that even the older actors like Ari Gross learned from his calmness as an actor. He has been doing it for 50 years. For me it was a thrill beyond anything to work with such a pro like him. It was a real honor to collaborate with him so openly.

Gary Barg: For anybody who has not seen the movie, explain what you meant by having him ride around town on a bicycle like that.

Marc Meyers: I do not think when he gets on his bike he knows where he is going. So he hops on the bike to go into town and maybe just go to the coffee shop, which is his regular daily or weekly joint to hang out in and run into some friends in the center of town. But what it eventually turns into is someone who goes on one last lap around the town in which he had lived his entire life. He is soaking up the town that he had grown up in and raised his children in and somewhere along that ride, he realizes he could stop by and see his sister. It is really one last lap around town.

 

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