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Last Updated: Thursday, 8 January, 2004, 11:29 GMT
Actor slates Spielberg Cuba trip
Robert Duvall signing autographs
Duvall is best known for Apocalypse Now
Actor Robert Duvall has criticised director Steven Spielberg on US TV for visiting Cuban president Fidel Castro.

The Godfather star said: "Spielberg went down there recently and said, 'The best seven hours I ever spent was actually with Fidel Castro'."

Duvall asked on CBS if Spielberg would "consider building a little annexe on the Holocaust museum... to honour the dead Cubans that Castro killed".

The remark attributed to Spielberg was "totally false", his spokesman said.

Duvall, 73, is best-known for playing Tom Hagen in The Godfather II and the Napalm-loving Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore in Apocalypse Now.

Cultural exchange

Spielberg was an executive producer of Deep Impact, in which Duvall played a veteran Nasa astronaut.

But the actor also told the 60 Minutes II programme he would never work for Spielberg's film studio, DreamWorks, again.

Of the contentious comment, Spielberg's spokesperson responded: "He never said it, or anything like it."

The director's four-day trip to Cuba in November 2002 was as part of a cultural exchange authorised by the US government, he said.

Spielberg held an eight-hour meeting with Castro during which they discussed cultural exchanges, history, the environment and the US trade embargo.

He also launched a festival of his films and also called for the trade embargo to be lifted.

Spielberg meets Castro
06 Nov 02  |  Film


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