TCM Classic Film Festival: Alan Arkin in the Spotlight (Exclusive)

Alan Arkin

The Oscar-winning actor will be interviewed by Robert Osborne for a TV special. His 1968 gem “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter” is a late addition to next month's event.

Come to the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood to hear Alan Arkin speak -- or not speak.

The veteran actor, a long-overdue Oscar winner for his performance as a foul-mouthed grandpa in Little Miss Sunshine (2006), will sit down with TCM host Robert Osborne on Sunday, April 13 for an interview at The Ricardo Montalban Theatre. (The chat, in front of an audience of passholders, will air on TCM next spring as the special Alan Arkin: Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival.)

Later that day, Arkin also can be seen at The Egyptian Theatre in The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968), just added to the festival lineup. His work as the silent Singer, a deaf mute who moves to a small Southern town to be close to a friend now in a mental institution, netted him the second of his four Oscar nominations.

For Arkin, 80, who had launched his career with Chicago's famed improvisational revue Second City and delighted audiences in another Oscar-nominated turn in the 1966 comedy The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming, Lonely Hunter removed all doubts that he could excel as a drama actor.

Arkin "is extraordinary, deep and sound,” The New York Times said in its review. "… It becomes more and more apparent that his talent is not clownish, but serious."

The Brooklyn-born Arkin, of course, landed his most recent Oscar nom for Argo (2012), where he stole the show playing an old-school Hollywood producer.

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Arkin will have lots to talk about with Osborne: His résumé – containing more than 70 films -- also includes Wait Until Dark (1967), Catch-22 (1970), Hearts of the West (1975), The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976), The In-Laws (1979), Edward Scissorhands (1990), Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), Grosse Pointe Blank (1997), Slums of Beverly Hills (1998), Marley & Me (2008), City Island (2009), Stand Up Guys (2012) and Grudge Match (2013).

He returns to the big screen in May in Million Dollar Arm, playing a cantankerous baseball scout opposite Jon Hamm, followed by Wild Oats, co-starring Shirley MacLaine.

"Whatever kind of role he plays – whether as a confused Russian in a Cold War comedy or stalking Audrey Hepburn in a thriller, Alan Arkin is always a joy to watch," Osborne said. "His career has spanned more than four decades, and he continues to be one of the most interesting and creative actors working today."

Each year, the TCM festival tapes an extended interview in front of a live audience for a future telecast. Luise Rainer, Peter O’Toole, Kim Novak and Eva Marie Saint were the previous featured guests; Saint’s 2013 interview with Osborne premieres Monday on TCM.

The fifth annual festival, which runs April 10-13, opens with a red-carpet gala screening of Oklahoma! (1955) at the TCL Chinese Theatre, with star Shirley Jones set to attend. Passes can be purchased through the TCM Classic Film Festival website.

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