"The tango is a never-ending thing, we still go. The older you get, it's more difficult to stay loose, stiff in the shoulders and all that stuff. My wife and I dance socially, that's what the tango is - social. In a club in Argentina, that's what they do." ROBERT DUVALL's Argentinian wife Luciana Pedraza keeps him fit with tango sessions.
The Godfather star will place his hands and feet in cement outside the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, where famous pals like James Caan and Andy Garcia are expected to honour him.
The honour caps a six week period of accolades for the veteran, who is among the favourites to land a Best Actor Oscar nomination later this month (Jan11) for his role as a grumpy hermit in Get Low.
Duvall will also be handed the prestigious Career Achievement Award at the upcoming Palm Springs Film Festival in California. He also received a career tribute at the Gotham Independent Film Awards at the end of November (10).
Wednesday's Walk of Fame honour will also serve as a double celebration for Duvall's fourth wife Luciana Pedraza - she celebrates her 39th birthday on the same day.
The actor admits he was struck by Duvall's presence on the film set - but he refused to walk on egg shells around the star like the rest of the crew and tried to engage him in some playful banter.
He explains, "(There was) tension around the set. This guy is a time bomb and the ticking is audible. And so I just remember being on the set and the first day - this guy's very serious... people are just (staying) 12 feet away from him. I don't work that way. I try to be very loose and relaxed all the time. I just started - every take, in between - I was just messing with him."
The Ghostbusters funnyman was convinced his co-star was going to lose his temper until Duvall's wife, Luciana Pedraza, encouraged the serious actor to lighten up - because she was tickled by Murray's antics.
Murray recalls: "I figured he's gonna hit me anyway, I might as well get it over with... Turned out his wife thought I was funny. So that was it, I was done. I kept thinking he's gonna come in with a big piece of metal and take it right over my head. But then she walked in the room and she said (to Duvall), 'He's good, he's funny, just go along with it.' So that's what happened I guess."