Q: Is that right?
A: Itís like Richard Harris—I worked with him. Great storyteller. One time he was onstage, and he was drunk. And someone in the audience yells out, ďHeís drunk, heís stunk-up!Ē And he yells back, ďYou think Iím drunk, wait till OíToole comes on!Ē

Q: Your dad was a retired Navy captain, and youíve referred to him as a ďgentleman.Ē Think itís hard to find true gentlemen anymore?
A: Yeah. Maybe Iíve tended away from that way myself at times.

Q: How so?
A: In this business, you get into it with people. One thing I like about Argentina: They hold the door, they wait on you. You get a sense that itís nice. Civil.

Q: You had mentioned they use the word elegant a lot over there, too—even for men.
A: We donít use that word so much here.

Q: Thatís telling.
A: Yeah, Iíve seen some pretty raunchy guys that are elegant, though, so you canít quite come up with a pattern. In Russia, you see people go to the opera in sneakers, jeans. They look like slobs but are cultured, interesting people. In Cuba and South America, theyíll iron their one suit, put it on, and go out and be social. It used to be with the tango, youíd always have to have a suit and tie. That sense of elegance—itís nice.

Q: How come you never had kids?
A: I guess Iím shooting blanks.

Q: Did you ever try?
A: Shit, yeah. With a lot of different women, in and out of marriage. I thought of adoption, but we havenít yet.

Q: Your wife is 40 years younger than you. Do your friends ever give you crap about that?
A: No. In fact, when I came back from Argentina 10 years ago with Luciana, I said, ďWilford, Iím getting static from people up here because I brought back a younger girl.Ē And he says, ďLet me tell you something, my friend: The worst thing in the world for an old man is an old woman.Ē But when I met her father, he said, ďI donít know whether to call you ĎFatherí or ĎSoní!Ē

Q: Is the age difference ever difficult?
A: Well, even after we were intimate, one or two times she called me Señor.

Q: Not during intimacy, I hope.
A: Ha! No.

Q: I find as I get older, I become more afraid of things because I have a sense of what they can do to you. As youíve gotten older, whatís become your biggest fear?
A: I think of the other side. The fear of not being able to keep your present-day health.

Q:Have you ever had a scare?
A: I was floating down the upper Ganges once in a raft, and I remember I just sensed death all around. I knew that this would be it. I slipped from the raft, and I grabbed the rope. I wouldnít be here if I hadnít grabbed it.