"This story meant something to Bob," said Nolte, "he was intimate with it, lived with it, gave it a lot of thought, it was gnawing at him. He's an artist who gets entangled with his work." As a director he's not an authority figure, he said.
Back in the 60s, "I didn't want to go to war," Nolte said. "I couldn't imagine myself killing anybody." He drove a hearse registered in his name off a cliff onto the 9th hole of a golf course, and thousands of fake IDs were discovered with it. He was told, "You're a felon, now you can't go to Viet Nam."
"This film took be back to that time," he said. "I'm glad I never went to war." Redford asked him to flip the peace sign for the first time in some 20 years: "It was pretty cool."
As for working with Terrence Malick on one of his untitled movies, Nolte made fun of how the director shoots three-quarters of a scene--which freaks out the actors not wanting to land on the cutting room floor-- and waits to shoot at magic hour every day. "Look at this tree!" "Let's shoot the caterpillar!"