Once in a while an actor will go work on a passion project. Passion projects are usually movies, not big studio pictures, which the actor wants to make, even though they will get paid less than their normal fees. Sometimes they will go on to help raise the money to make it and even throw in some of their own money too. That’s what Robert Duvall did for his new movie, “Get Low”.
One reason why actors seek out these kinds of projects is that it allows them to play characters they normally don’t get to play. Duvall found that character in spades with Felix Bush, a hermit who lives on the outskirts of a small Tennessee town. Felix sports some wild hair and a beard and there is a generations worth of stories about him from inside the town. He feels that his life is coming to an end and would like to arrange his funeral, but he wants it performed while he is still alive. The church will not help him. Enter Frank Quinn (Bill Murry), a funeral home owner who can’t believe he opened up a funeral home in a town where not many people are dying. When he hears of what Felix wants to do from is assistant, Buddy, (Lucas Black), and the bundle of money he owns, he is very willing to give Felix the send off he desires.