Ep 523: Martin Donovan


The first of 4 conversations celebrating filmmaker Hal Hartley’s first three feature films, The Unbelievable Truth, Trust, and Simple Men —aka The Long Island Trilogy— which is now available for the first time for purchase in a box set. You can make such a purchase on either Amazon or at halhartley.com. Still to come over the next few weeks are the full conversations with actors Bill Sage, Robert Burke, Edie Falco and Karen Sillas, as well as with the maestro himself, Hal Hartley (back for his umpteenth visit).

[13 mins. 50 secs.] Actor Martin Donovan has appeared in a number of Hartley’s films including the trilogy’s latter two films. He has since had an illustrious film and television career as well as directing a his own feature film called Collaborator (available for streaming on Amazon). During this conversation Martin and I talk about his collaborations with Hartley and company including memories of the great Adrienne Shelly. We then discuss his work since those early days, including being on the set with such luminaries as Al Pacino and Christopher Walken, and his various collaborations with actor Mary-Louise Parker. Donovan continues to appear in myriad roles on the screen, being one of the busiest actors working today.

This episode begins with a tribute to the late filmmaker Nicolas Roeg (The Man Who Fell to Earth, Don’t Look Now), who died last week at the age of 90.

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