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That’s exactly what happens in
Last Vegas. Even now, as the photo
shoot wraps and the actors linger
on barstools to discuss the movie,
friendships and one another, it’s clear
that age has no limits on how charmingly boyish (“I’m almost on empty,”
Freeman says, shaking his glass) a
group of very famous men can be.
Last Vegas has a ton of laughs, but
the deeper message is that age
doesn’t need to define you.
Kevin Kline: It’s not how old you
are but how you are old, as the saying goes. Actors don’t have ages—we
have age ranges. But I had to wear a
hearing aid in this movie and let my
hair and beard go white, so I felt every bit my age.
Robert De Niro: I don’t feel 70. I
look in the mirror and I say, ‘Yeah, I
guess I am.’ But I don’t feel that way.
Morgan Freeman: You feel like you
feel. Age is arbitrary. Some days on
the golf course, I feel like I’m 90.
Other days, 50.
Michael Douglas: And Morgan plays
golf with one hand!
KK: But people do naturally think
that if you’re old, you’re not to be
venerated. You’re to be marginalized.
RD: Yeah, that’s in this culture. In
other cultures that’s not the case.
How is this time of life diferent from
what you expected?
MD: You don’t change that much.
The kid in you is still there. You’re
supposed to get wise and more mature, but you have the same foibles,
insecurities, good things, bad things.
MF: I never thought I would reach
this age. Really. I was fairly certain
that with my lifestyle, it would have
been truncated some time back. I
was always the one who dared to
jump out the second-story window.
MD: You once sailed a 27-foot boat to
MF: No, 30-foot. You’re cheating me
out of 3 feet!
MD: And you sailed back.
MF: Hey! I wouldn’t leave my boat
there. That was a number of years
ago. I don’t sail since the accident,
but I keep the boat—and the hope.
RD: You know the end is near, not
that you think it’s going to happen to
you. You read the obits and see somebody passed who shouldn’t have. You
feel, “Wow, he was so young.” It’s a
bit of luck just being here.
Did you become great friends playing great friends?
MF: I wouldn’t say so. [Laughs.] But
you know actors. We come together.
MD: It could have been a lot worse!
RD: None of us would work together,
but they gave us a huge amount of
money, so we had no choice!
KK: I’d never seen any of Michael’s
work. I may have seen one movie
with De Niro. Early in his career. I
think it was called Mean Streets. Or
maybe Raging something. Raging …
MF: That would be Bull! [Big laughs
RD: Truthfully, you admire these
guys from afar and hope it turns out,
which it did.
MF: Let’s face it, we’re all pros. No
diva behavior. We get it done.
Any of you have a gang of friends in
childhood like the Flatbush Four?
MD: I was in a hot rod club as a kid
in Connecticut. The Downshifters.
We spent a lot of time fixing up cars.
I enjoyed that group a lot.
MF: I had a gang. Not because I was
tough, but if I wanted to pull a job,
I had to have the right guys. Five of
us once passed by this store. They
had a whole crate of navel oranges.
You’re hungry a lot as a kid. I said,
“We got to get those oranges. Two of
us are gonna start a fight to distract
the store owner. The other three are
gonna throw oranges to each other
out the window.” I don’t keep in
touch with those fellas anymore.
RD: I’ve had some friends that I’ve
trusted for many years. I’ve tried to
stay in contact. It’s been a while, but I
know how to get in touch with them,
and I will at one point. I want to.
KK: I see three or four guys from high
school about once a year. Friendships
like those keep you honest. They’ll
support you but also say, “You were a
jerk then and …”
What about your relationships with
the women in your lives? Do those
get easier as you get older?
MF: Get easier? It doesn’t get easier.
[Laughs all around.]
MD: I’d like to hear more on that
from this gentleman [;;;putting his
arm around Freeman]. He’s quite the
Casanova—got a natural ability. Ladies are very comfortable around him.
MF: I’m an incorrigible flirt. I’ve been
flirting as far back as I can recall.
You have a phenomenal dance scene
in Last Vegas. Was that a double?
MF: No, no, no.
RD: It was Morgan on Red Bull!
MF: Damn! I felt like I was being
Kidding aside, how are you all growing and evolving?
MF: Kidding aside, I’m not!
KK: I’m more aware of mortality, of
my increasing vulnerability, which
is probably why I cried as much as I
laughed watching this movie.
RD: I have projects I want to work on.
Not anything as specific as “I want
to play King Lear.” I’m talking about
things outside (CONTINUED ON PAGE 86)
“Age is arbitrary. Some days on
the golf course, I feel like I’m 90.
Other days, 50,” says Freeman.