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VIDEO: Penn Jillette Reflects On Arthur Penn’s Lifelong Influence


Late director Arthur Penn left us with an array of first rate films. Bonnie and Clyde, The Miracle Worker Little Big Man and Night Moves are just a sampling of his prodigious body of work. I asked Penn Jillette, who sat down to talk about the SyFy program Wizard Warsabout his experiences working with him on the 1989 feature Penn & Teller Get Killed.

It was a memorable experience for both Penn Jillette and Teller. “We not only learned stuff from him about movies,” said Jillette, who celebrates his 60th birthday today. “We learned stuff about how to work together. It was amazing how Arthur took me aside and told me how to work with Teller and took Teller aside and told him how to work with me.”

In the video below, Jillette talks about the one big rule he had in working with Arthur Penn (he was friends with the director until his 2010 passing):

Here’s a wonderful AFI video with Penn talking about his personal attachment to Bonnie and Clyde:

Along with their successful collaboration on the documentary Tim’s Vermeer, Penn & Teller are also the executive producers and judges for the reality competition program Wizard Wars, which airs tonight on SyFy (10 pm et/pt).

Greg Srisavasdi
I've been a movie reviewer/interview since 1991 (as a UCLA Daily Bruin scribe), worked at Westwood One, Deepest Dream owner, co-editor of Hollywood Outbreak, podcast co-host of "CinemAddicts" and "Matt and Greg Used To Interview Movie Stars." I can be reached at for inquiries or whatever the case may be!

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