William Hurt's Philosophy Gets Him Everywhere
January 15, 1989|By Lynn Darling, Newsday
NEW YORK — It seemed, at first, a classic miscasting: William Hurt, slim and blond and sexy and intense, playing Macon Leary, the timid, middle-aged, repressed and cautious protagonist of The Accidental Tourist, the movie of Anne Tyler's novel about love and grief and the conflict between habit and change.
But Hurt makes his character believable from the moment Macon, bowed down by pain, appears on the screen. Hurt shaved his hairline and thinned his hair to help...