Wasn't knocking you off the saddle?
Yeah, yeah. It was great.

This cast has a good combination of veteran actors and younger actors. How was the vibe, and did you find yourself sort of watching very carefully?
That's a great question, Curt. I found myself watching too carefully. I'd be in scenes where I should be engaged in the moment of the scene, but I would literally be watching Powers Boothe or Kevin Costner or Mare Winningham, performing these scenes and going, "Oh. Now I get how this job is done." Those guys are awesome. Being, again, like Powers is one of my heroes, just been a great Texas actor and to me, the ultimate presence. It was like acting school every day. And that's why I miss it so much. It's true what they say. It's like, if you play ball with Kobe Bryant, you might get your ass kicked but it makes you better. And I felt that way with those guys.

When you have this kind of experience, when you're done do you have a mourning period of sorts?
I'm still in the mourning period. I still haven't cut my hair. [Laughs.] I think part of me is still in Romania. Yeah, you're right. It spoils you to work with that caliber of people. I just don't think Hollywood's making a lot of movies like these, or TV shows, whatever the format is. It doesn't seem like they're telling these stories. So I'm aware of that, and I hope that changes. But you just got to drink every last drop of it, and appreciate it for what it is. Hell, if they're not going to go make them I'll find the material and I'll go get it made.

And you were always a fan of westerns, right?
Oh man, it's my favorite. I really want to bring back the genre. I think Costner's done a great job over the years of doing that a bit. I'll carry the torch.

That's cool. Do you have any other projects coming up?
I'm producing a film called "12 Mighty Orphans." It's another great true story about an orphanage in Fort Worth, Texas, during the Depression. And this sort of crazy visionary genius football coach [Rusty Russell] who comes there and creates a football factory. This team went on to become sort of the nation's team. They were broadcast all over the country and they became sort of a Seabiscuit, when America was really on its knees and looking for some kind of inspiration. So it's a great human interest story, and I'm excited for it.

I'll have to look that up.
It was actually the Masonic Homes they're in Fort Worth, Texas. And it's based on the book by Jim Dent. When I read it when it first hit the shelves I said, "This is the greatest true story I've ever read. I'm going to see if I can go buy the rights to this." I was dumb enough to believe I could do it and we did. [Laughs.]

Did you have a special interest because it was Texas? Or was it a good story for you?
It was, the big themes in my life [are] I'm from Texas and my father was a college football coach. You combine Texas and football and orphans and the Depression, it definitely gets such a textured era. I thought, "This is going to make a great movie."

Who did your dad [Mike Barr] coach?
He coached at SMU and then originally at Purdue and then moved to SMU during the Ron Meyer, Eric Dickerson, Craig James years.

Give me your pitch for the people to watch "Hatfields & McCoys."
No matter who you are, where you're from, there's one universal thing that we all understand. It's like, what are you willing to fight and die for? And to me, that's the big theme of this movie. And it's just thrilling, it's wonderful and it's beautifully shot. And I get naked. You have to watch. [Laughs.]

There's a selling point. Thanks for your time.
Thank you Curt. I appreciate it.