Harvey Keitel has some advice for aspiring directors: Forget Hollywood.
The veteran actor of more than 50 Hollywood films was quick to trash the town that made him a star, Reuters reports. Keitel handed down his advice today at the 41st International Thessaloniki Film Festival, where many aspiring artists were present.
“Don’t ask me any questions about Hollywood. … What is more important is you with the camera, a story, some actors, some friends and suffering and struggling to tell your stories,” Keitel said.
The 61-year-old actor was at the event to promote his latest film, “Ulysses Gaze,” with its Greek director, The Angelopoulos. In the film, Keitel plays a Greek filmmaker who goes on a spiritual journey from Greece to the post-war Balkans.
“I wish Hollywood would come to Greece and stay in some of the theaters that your ancestors created. To be on the mountainside of Delphi, it’s a bit different from Beverly Hills,” Keitel said.