This week the film A Walk in the Woods, based on Bill Bryson's 1998 best-selling book, comes out in theaters. Sierra Club radio host Orli Cotel spoke with director Ken Kwapis about working (and walking) in the woods with Hollywood icons Robert Redford and Nick Nolte, and how the film changed his relationship to the outdoors. The following excerpt is adapted from their interview.
The movie adaptation of A Walk in the Woods is on solid footing with Bill Bryson's chronicle of the struggles, discomforts, and deprivations he endured -- and gratifications he derived -- as he explored the Appalachian Trail in the spring and summer of 1996. The book conveys the trepidations he experienced -- the perils encountered, and imagined.
The Governor of California, with global efforts on climate change seemingly stalled and the concurrence of nations dangerously lacking, is talking up the role of subnational governments and California's pioneering programs, signing international agreements with some and appearing with concerned international leaders.
I interviewed Barry Levinson a few days before 9/11 regarding his heist comedy, "Bandits." Released a month later, the film's askew humor failed to draw big audiences from an American public largely still in mourning, in spite of strong critical response. Levinson proved a wonderful conversationalist during our time together...