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I'm quieter than average, and a bit solitary. I think maybe those characteristics have something in common with the positive elements of a Samurai. I'm a loner. I worked hard as a film actor, but essentially I'm a theatre actor. For sixty-some years I served those two masters, but I never signed with a film company. Maybe you can call that lone wolf behavior a connection.
Was not initially considered by Kurosawa for the part of Unosuke (Mifune's formidable gun-wielding opponent) in Yojimbo. When the chief assistant director Shiro Moritani proposed Nakadai for the role, Kurosawa purportedly replied "I don't like Nakadai, and if a director does not like an actor, he should not cast him as one of the leads." As Nakadai's skills were already widely recognized in Japan...
Distinctive voice with nuanced delivery