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William Hurt Was a Weird, Sensitive, Complicated Guy in the ’80s | Esquire

On the brink of greatness with Curse of the Spider Woman, William Hurt struggled to get free of his web.

By Jack Kroll, Mar 14, 2022

With Blair Brown in Altered States, 1980
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This article originally appeared in the October 1986 issue of Esquire. You can find every Esquire story ever published at Esquire Classic.

“Look, I’m not a talented man,” says William Hurt. “You know it and I know it.”

“I don’t know it,” I say.

“Well, you should know it,” says Hurt.“You’re not a talented man?” I press him.“Well, I’m not that talented a man,” he says.“Well then, what are you?” I ask.“I’m a focused man,” he says.

We are sitting in an Italian restaurant on New York’s Upper East Side, and Bill Hurt is engaged in one of his favorite pastimes—putting himself down. Few who have seen him act would agree with his estimate of his ability. And as for being “focused,” well, that’s the last word many people would use to describe Hurt.

The actor is a walking paradox: the owner of one of the cleanest, clearest, least self-indulgent acting styles in the business, Hurt is legendary for the far-out, labyrinthine, metaphysical flights of fancy that have driven interviewers on several continents into a state of mumbling meemies. WILLIAM HURT: ACTOR WITH THE ATOM BRAIN! blazed a headline in one English magazine.

Another interviewer succinctly summed up the experience of listening to Hurt: “He sounds like a man who has just smoked his first joint.”

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National Film Registry: Remembering William Hurt (1950-2022) | Now See Hear!

By Stacie Seifrit-Griffin, March 14th, 2022

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Yesterday we learned of the passing of William Hurt, and today, internet, cable and even broadcast news will be filled with stories of his award-winning career spanning over 50 years and over 100 credits.

Hurt holds a respected place in cinema for being nominated for the best actor Oscar for three consecutive years; “Kiss of the Spider Woman” in 1986, “Children of a Lesser God” in 1987 and “Broadcast News” in 1988.

“Broadcast News” was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 2018.

In honor of William Hurt, we look back on “Broadcast News” with an essay from Brian Scott Mednick. Ask anyone that’s ever worked in a newsroom, especially in the ‘80s and ‘90s, and they will tell you that the performances by William Hurt, Holly Hunter, Albert Brooks and Jack Nicholson are flawless.

Broadcast News (1987

With the 24/7 news cycle we’ve become accustomed to over the last several decades, the 1980s seems like a lifetime ago with respect to how television news was both reported and consumed. “Broadcast News,” released in December 1987, is a time capsule of that period, which was a simpler, less volatile era when we trusted three guys named Dan, Tom, and Peter to give us a half-hour recap of the day’s pivotal events at dinnertime.

“Broadcast News,” written, produced, and directed by James L. Brooks, is one the smartest films ever made about show business and the media, a savagely funny, sophisticated, and poignant story about three people who are as ambitious and determined as they are diffident and vulnerable.

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William Hurt Remembered by Director Lawrence Kasdan – Variety

By Lawrence Kasdan, Mar 15, 2022 9:30am PT

Writer-director Lawrence Kasdan, a four-time Oscar nominee, worked with Oscar winner William Hurt, who died March 13 at age 71, on “Body Heat” (1981), “The Big Chill” (1983), “The Accidental Tourist” (1988) and “I Love You to Death” (1990).

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William Hurt and I came into the movies together, and Bill had a huge impact on the way I thought about the process.

We met when I was casting “Body Heat,” the first movie I directed. On our initial meeting, we talked for hours about movies and life. We were trying to guess what it would be like to take that journey together.

I was still looking for my cast and eventually tested four couples for the two leads, but that first conversation with Bill stayed with me.

Bill immediately brought a seriousness to the whole process that I carried forward from that night. We did everything with the knowledge that what we were doing commanded our greatest effort.

Source: William Hurt Remembered by Director Lawrence Kasdan – Variety

Remembering William Hurt: An Actor Who Wore His Feeling on the Outside – Variety

By Owen Gleiberman, Mar 13, 2022 7:33pm PT

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William Hurt, who died Sunday at 71, had a look and an aura that appeared, at first, to fit all too snugly into Hollywood’s conception of what a movie star should be.

Tall and broad-shouldered, with a silky shock of wheat-colored hair, his handsome features set off by a cleft chin and a faraway gaze, he was, at a glance, the quintessence of the old-fashioned WASP he-man ideal.

(In hindsight, he looked like a blond Jon Hamm.) In movies, this sort of fellow was generally presented as a paragon of rectitude, a “strong silent type.” But there was nothing silent about William Hurt.

The first time audiences encountered him, he was floating in a sensory-deprivation tank in the loony-tunes acid-head psychodrama “Altered States” (1980), and the moment he climbed out of that tank, suffused with the visions he had seen, he couldn’t stop jabbering about them.

Source: Remembering William Hurt: An Actor Who Wore His Feeling on the Outside – Variety

Fans, colleagues mourn death of actor William Hurt – The Washington Post

By Travis M. Andrews, March 13, 2022 at 7:56 p.m. EDT

William Hurt in 2016. (Phil Mccarten/Reuters)

Movie fans spent Sunday night mourning the death of William Hurt — and celebrating his remarkable career.

The Oscar-winning actor, cemented into film history for roles in “Broadcast News,” “Body Heat,” “Kiss of the Spider Woman” and “The Big Chill,” among others, died March 13 at 71.

“It is with great sadness that the Hurt family mourns the passing of William Hurt, beloved father and Oscar winning actor, on March 13, 2022, one week before his 72nd birthday,” his son Will said in a statement obtained by Deadline and reported by other outlets. “He died peacefully, among family, of natural causes. The family requests privacy at this time.”

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