Beatty, 79, addressed “Bonnie and Clyde” screenwriter Robert Benton, saying, he thought Bob Dylan was better suited for the role of Clyde.
“And now look, [Dylan has] the Nobel Prize,” Beatty joked. “Do you think it would be inappropriate or in poor taste to inquire about the possibility?”
Referring to Dylan’s seeming reluctance to accept the award, Beatty added, “I am happy to travel and I would say ‘yes’ and ‘thank you’ right away for this. I am known for being very decisive, and Stockholm is not that far away.”
Beatty also addressed technology and our shrinking attention spans.
“I think we’ve come to a period here where we need to deal with the brevity of our attention span,” he said. “I am wondering now whether it is possible to get away with yelling ‘fire’ in a crowded theater, because I feel like the theater we are living in right now is a cacophony of voices, where the voices of wisdom are difficult to hear.”