Currently available on VOD and in theaters on March 14th, The Art of the Steal tells the story of Crunch Calhoun (Kurt Russell) a motorcycle daredevil and art thief who agrees to pull off one final lucrative art theft with his untrustworthy brother, Nicky (Matt Dillon), which will, of course, lead to nothing but trouble for everyone involved.
Collider was invited to sit down with actor Kurt Russell to talk to him about that film and, during the interview (that we will run more of closer to the film’s theatrical release), conversation turned to what he’ll be doing next, the passion he has for making wine, and when he expects to return to finish his work on Fast & Furious 7. He talked about how he’s got both a heavy film with director Mark Pellington, called Clang, and the Western Bone Tomahawk, that he’s hoping to get into production, how making wine is very similar to making a movie, and that he thinks filming for Fast & Furious 7 will resume in April, even though he does not yet know how they’ll be handling the loss of Paul Walker. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
KURT RUSSELL: Yeah, I actually have a couple of things. There’s this thing called Clang, that’s a real heavy lifter. It’s a Mark Pellington project that is interesting. This will be one that, as an actor, you shut the door, turn the phone off, hunker down and go to work. Also, I have another picture called Bone Tomahawk, which is a Western that I’ve been circling around for a long time. I hope that will get done. And then, there’s another picture called Race to Nome, which I think they may shoot part of this spring, and then next fall. But, I’m spending a great deal of time right now with wine. I love making wine.
What type of wine are you making?
RUSSELL: Gogi wine is the wine that I make. It’s a high-end Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. We’re just opening [on Valentine’s day] at the 1880 Union Hotel in Los Alamos. I’ve been spending a lot of time there, getting the room ready. I’ve gotta say that I’m at a point in my life where that’s a lot of fun. It’s really, really fun. I love being at the vineyard. I love learning about making wine. I love making really good wine. I love drinking it. I love people’s response to it. It’s so much like making a movie, only you’re doing everything. Valentine’s Day is my 31st anniversary with Goldie [Hawn], so we’re mixing it. We’re going to open this place up, and my daughter’s wines are going to be there. Kate Hudson and Matt Bellamy have Hudson Bellamy wine, which is going to be there, as well. It’s a very good Rosé.
So, we’re doing a wine-tasting format at this super cool Wells Fargo Stagecoach stop that’s a 14-room hotel with a saloon that was built in 1880. We’re just turning it into a wine saloon, which is fun. I’ve gotta say, it’s touch to get out of that world. It’s fun and it’s endlessly fascinating. It is a lot like making a movie. There is no part of it that’s formulaic. It doesn’t work that way. Every year, it’s different. I’m just having a great time with that. I still love making movies. I do, and I always have. There’s lots of stuff that I’m looking at, right now, and have been. I read stuff and go through stuff. When they come along and I like them, then it’s time to go to work like that.
RUSSELL: Yeah. I don’t know what’s going to happen there, but I do have more work to do on that. I think that’s going to take place in April, if I’m not mistaken. I don’t know what they’re going to do. I haven’t spoken to them. I saw Vin [Diesel] at the memorial for Paul [Walker]. He was just a wonderful guy. He was the kind of guy that what you saw was what you got. He was a really good guy. The thing that was rough there was that we had some good conversations, but I sensed from them that this was a guy who enjoyed many things in his life and was very appreciative, but was also getting to a point where he wanted to begin to seriously, in an artistic sense, explore what would excited him and find out where he might go. He was literally just turning that page and just saying that he wanted to peak onto the other side, and then he was out.
It certainly makes you re-evaluate what’s important in life.
RUSSELL: All you can do is try to continue to enjoy life, on a day-to-day basis, knowing that it can be over quickly. And what you do in it, you have to weigh. But when you’re a person who enjoys things that can be inherently risky, even though, most of the time, they’re very well controlled, there will be moments of potential disaster. They’re going to be out there. Hopefully, you escape them. He didn’t escape that one. That’s just the way it goes. So, I don’t know what they’re going to do, or how they’re going to deal with it. I get the feeling that some time in April is when I’m going to go to work.
At least everybody involved seems to care and is taking time to figure out the best way to handle it.
RUSSELL: Oh, very much so. I don’t think I’ve ever met anybody who didn’t like Paul. I haven’t heard of a person who didn’t. I don’t know who that would be. If you didn’t, I would wonder about that person. It’s just a rough thing, especially for his daughter.