I’ve been working on a documentary about the great Burt Young on and off for the past five or so years. I’m honored to count Burt as a good friend and artistic collaborator and am delighted to be able to say that a cut of the film is finally finished. Not sure what the next step will be but I’m sure we’ll find a way to slip into the digital stream given that the film is about a truly revered actor/artist/icon whose work spans from the late 60s through just a year or so ago. I’ve put Burt in two of my movies, ‘Rob The Mob’ and ‘Bottom Of The Ninth’. He’s a complex man, a true artist and a mystery to all who know him–which is something I try to solve in my doc (and which, of course, I fail to).
The fact that we finished a cut of the film just a few days ago and that the above audio turned up quite by accident is true Kismet stuff–I always get a sense that a little magic (some of it dark) swirls around Burt. Without intending to search for anything, I put on a Howard Stern show from the 90s (there’s tons of this stuff on Youtube for those who yearn for ‘old-school Howard’–the pre-divorced/pre-Jackie Martling leaving/pre-unctuous celeb interviewer Howard). Imagine my surprise when a Stuttering John interview segment turned up an encounter with Burt! Burt’s responses to the inane questions and his final, darkly dismissive words–not to mention Sterns reaction to it–are priceless. Skip to 42:20 and enjoy.