THE END OF AN ERA...
SM: I get no feeling from you that youre on your last film.
RH: I feel like Im just getting the hang of it. Ive got a tremendous appetite for this process, and Im thoroughly enjoying it. I think back to Akira Kurosawa, and its so exciting that he still made a really good movie at 80. So my mantra has always been, I want to be the first guy who directs a movie at 100.
SM: Well, I think in your case, one of your longevity secrets is variety. Just think what youve got there: childhood actor to actor to director to director of many different types of films. I feel like you see your future the same way I see mine. Youll just never stop voluntarily. I think youre, what, 55?
SM: Back when we grew up, people retired.
RH: Yeahwhy would you want to?
SM: Well, depends on what youre retiring from, you know?
STEVE MARTIN is a Grammy-winning musician and bestselling author, actor and comedian. His Pink Panther 2 is just out, and his bluegrass CD, The Crow, is now on amazon.com.