Actor Kevin Kline: Interview on The Sound of Young America

Kevin Kline

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The Sound of Young America was in Park City, Utah for the Sundance Film Festival this year, and we took the opportunity to talk to the hottest film directors, actors, and creatives. Here’s our first part in that series, in which we talk to actor Kevin Kline.

Kevin Kline is one of America's greatest actors. He's one of the few to have won an Oscar for a comic role (his amazing turn in "A Fish Called Wanda"), and he's been acclaimed for his work in everything from contemporary drama to Shakespeare to light opera. We spoke with him at Sundance after the release of "The Extra Man”, a film adaptation of a Jonathan Ames novel. Kline stars as Henry, an eccentric older gentleman who makes his living as a social escort to New York’s high society widows.


The podcast, in general

I recently came across this podcast, and I have some general comments.
There is some interesting material here and there, but the general concept is unclear. For instance, take the "young" part -- what does it mean??? Some the people you've interviewed recently are in their 60s. Also, some of the interviews just aren't very insightful -- like the recent one with Salvador Santana; it was really lacking in content. Man, this dude must have had some really interesting experiences in his life, but you let him ramble on about nothing of much importance. (OK, you two went to the same high school. Congrats.) And some of the episodes have had really poor sound quality. I'll stay tuned a bit longer since there are some interesting nuggets here and there, but please consider improving the overall quality and clarifying the meaning behind the "young" concept.

Thanks for your

Thanks for your thoughts.

Which of the episodes did you feel had poor sound quality? I'm surprised to hear that.

As far as the "young" part, the show isn't about young people. "The Sound of Young America" is an allusion to the slogan of Motown records in the 1960s, and it was later used as an album title for an album by the DC punk rock band Nation of Ulysses. The show's not really about interviewing young people any more than Fresh Air is about interviewing fresh people. So I hope that clarifies things for you.

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