On an episode of Oprah's Master Class, Robert Duvall speaks about his Godfather costar's remarkable talent

By Andrea Park
Updated November 06, 2015 02:00 PM
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fans aren’t the only ones who put Marlon Brando on a pedestal – his costars and close friends were just as impressed by his remarkable talent.

In a clip from this week’s episode of Oprah’s Master Class, Robert Duvall talks about Brando’s impressive acting abilities.

“He was our hero coming up. If he’s not the greatest actor that ever lived, he might be certainly the most, maybe the most unique,” Duvall says. “When you saw Brando you said, ‘Who is this guy? What is this guy doing?’ He had his own sense of reality, it was so wonderful.”

Duvall, 84, then shares a story of a “very successful English actor” who saw A Streetcar Named Desire and was initially embarrassed because “he thought a stagehand had wandered onto the stage accidentally.”

“It was Brando – he was so natural. Natural but alive with impulses,” Duvall says. “It’s not just natural as a style, but, to me, it begins with talking and listening.”

That English actor went on to see the show six more times.

Duvall continues, “It seems casual and low-key, but it’s alive and sometimes it’s not that easy. I always look for that when I see actors: Are they really in touch with themselves? So I think that’s what he kind of imparted to people and people maybe tried to imitate that but, you know, he had his own thing.”

Besides the Godfather, Duvall and Brando worked together in 1966’s The Chase and 1979’s Apocalypse Now.

Oprah’s Master Class featuring Robert Duvall airs Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/PT.