Monday, September 6, 2010

Interview with... Robert Benedetti

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Robert Benedetti.
I use the term "interview" loosley as Robert read over my questions, and sent back answers to something completely different!
It was like a one-person interview!

So, without further ado here is Robert Benedetti, interviewing Robert Benedetti.

Strange that you ask about my acting, which I haven't done for 25 years. I am mainly a producer - writer, having won three Emmys, 2 Humanitas Prizes, and a Peabody Award. Wouldn't that be a better arena for questions?

I have a long history with Australia. The first film I produced was shot in Australia, at Village Road Show Studios in Surfers Paradise. It was an all-Australian cast except for the two leads, Scott Bakula and Robert Loggia. It was called MERCY MISSION and was a true airplane rescue story about an Air New Zealand flight that found and saved an American pilot in a small plane.

I also directed the Australian premiere of GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS for the Melbourne Theatre Company, and did a production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM for the ABC, and taught at the Victorian College of the Arts for a time, where I directed THE HOSTAGE. Last month, the Australian Shakespeare Company did my adaptation of A COMEDY OF ERRORS.

Four years ago I did a four-week workshop in Sydney with Cicely Berry of the RSC for professional actors and teachers.

John Clark, now retired from NIDA, is a dear old friend, as is Dean Carey, founder of The Actors Centre in Sydney, where I have spoken.

I generally find Australian actors to be far superior to American actors.

If you are interested in learning more about Robert I highly recommend you check out his website at
It's very interesting, as was this interview.
Thank you Robert. It was very much appreciated.

What did you think of this interview? Please comment, or email me directly at
Until next time!

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