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Richard Dreyfuss: A lesson in civics, and civility

Richard Dreyfuss: A lesson in civics, and civility

Richard Dreyfuss has a lot on his mind. And he's more than willing to share.

Among his talking points: the beleaguered state of civics education and filmmaking today — most roles in new films are "stupid," he believes — studying at Oxford, directing John Gielgud and auditioning for Jack Nicholson's 1971 drama "Drive, He Said." He has a story about that one.

"I had gone out for one of the parts in 'Drive' and didn't get it, and I was all grumpy," said the 65-year-old Dreyfuss, who appeared trim and sprightly during a recent breakfast at a Brentwood hotel. "Then I went to see it. I see my character strip naked, go into a lab and...

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