William Hurt to Star in "The River Why"

According to movie site Cinematical.com, William Hurt and Amber Heard will star in the adaptation of David James Duncan’s philosophical novel “The River Why.” Production, under the direction of Matt Leutwyler, will begin in Oregon early next month. “A coming-of-age fishing tale, the film will focus on ‘a young man named Gus Orviston (Gilford) and his quest for an elusive rainbow trout, which is a metaphor for the man’s internal search for self-knowledge.’ Heard plays the object of his affection, ‘a tomboy fly-fisher,’ and Hurt plays his dad.”

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  • gcarter901

    June 15, 2008
    I had turned off of Highway 20, to take a look at the Henry’s Fork. The gravel parking lot faced an old wooden bridge that still spanned the river. As I passed a few fly fisherman wiggling into their waders I spotted a lone man a third of the way across the bridge. It was about then that my over taxed hard-drive of a brain thought this must be Osborne’s Bridge, a prime location on the river. I approached the tall fellow looking out into the water. Rather than say we are daydreaming, we fly fishers say we are looking for rises. Rises are trout feeding on the surface which make those pretty circles in the water.
    “Do you know if this is Osborne’s Bridge?”
    Interrupted, he turned and replied, “I have no idea, but my friends there at the car could tell you.”
    He finished his instructions with a smile as he recognized a fraternal fly fisherman. I recognized the Oscar winning actor, William Hurt.
    “The reason I asked, some fellows down at Silver Creek told me to fish at Osborne’s Bridge.”
    “You just came from Silver Creek? How did it fish?”
    I replied, “A humbling experience…….the trout looked and laughed at me.”
    He laughed, “The same thing happened to me, but what a place, eh?”
    The conversation eased into him asking where I was from, where was I going to fish and led to him extending a hand and saying, “Your name? I’m William.”
    “Grant, and I of course know who you are.”
    He smiled and seemed appreciative that I was not breaking out the Sharpie and paper for an autograph.
    I asked, “Are you an avid fly fisher?”
    “Used to be, and I seem to be getting back into it. I am here for a new project, a movie.”
    “Oh, another “River Runs Through It?”
    He seem to grimace. “I used to fish a lot with Norman McClean.”
    At this time I entered into my let me entertain you with an interesting story mode. I related that I have a close friend who asked me to take a lady friend of his to lunch. She lives in Bozeman where some of the filming of “the fly fishing movie” took place and the significance of her importance to “the movie” was that when she was approached by Redford’s advance team to rent her house where she could name her price, she said, “It is not for rent.”
    “But, you don’t understand, this is Robert Redford, he wants this house, name your price and terms.”
    She said politely, “No you don’t understand, my house is not for rent.”
    I laughed as I concluded the story with, “Not many women would turn down Robert Redford.”
    Hurt pumped his fist and said, “Good for her.”
    The slight grimace returned, “ I had the rights to Norman’s book, but could not raise the money at the time. Redford out bid me, so good for her, good for her.”
    I was just about to turn into a fan and quiz him about “Body Heat” when his movie people were ready for him, and it was time for me to go look for those circles in the water.
    With smiles we shook hands once again and exchanged the fisherman’s parting, “tight lines.”
    Epilogue: Three nights later at Boodles in Bozeman, I had dinner with the lady who turned down Redford. When I told her the Hurt story, she quipped, “Think we can get an invitation to the premier.”

  • Marshall Cutchin

    My favorite part is his response to the question about where you are: “I have no idea.”

  • pwood

    The story I heard about willian Hurt and Norman McLean was the William Hurt arranged to fish with Norman McLean – and talk about movie rights. Hurt didn’t show at the arranged time, so Norman McLean went fishing, and that was the end of William Hurt’s association with the movie version of “A River Runs Through It.”
    So now William Hurt says he “seems to be getting back into” fly fishing. Fish and fishermen beware. If Wlliamn Hurt was actually serious about fly fishing or had a brain the size of his ego, he would not make any kind of movie about fly fishing. The fishermean don’t need it, the rivers don’t need it, and the fish don’t need it. Don’t kid yourself; this is not about fishing, it’s about ego and money. I’ll bet the farm that not one cent of any Hollywood fly fishing movie goes towards preserving and improving fish habitat or public access.

  • Robert

    You are probably correctin your statement about not needing another “fly fishing movie”, however that line of thinking leads to contempt for the fine art of angling by the average joe.
    Showing the uneducated that not every fly fisherman is a snob, with a skinny $400 rod and gear equally expensive should be the aim of those who enjoy angling, not catching. I am no rube when it comes to fly fishing and I have shared the art of casting and “watching the rise” with people who were never exposed to why fly fishermen fish. The challenge of this form of fishing is slowing down enough to enjoy the surroundings that are presented to us.
    Never met a movie star, yet if one wanted to take up the gentle art I am sure I would be of help and explain why we do what we do.