WARNING: This article may contain possible spoilers for the movie Into the Wild. Proceed accordingly.
Academy Award nominee Hal Holbrook doesn't appear in Sean Penn's Into the Wild until well into the final act, but his performance will resonate as clearly as the rest of this emotionally wrenching true life drama will well after it is over.
Holbrook plays Ron Franz, a lonely retired man whose path crosses Emile Hirsch's reckless adventurer Chris McCandless. An unlikely but strong friendship develops between the two; however, Ron is still not able to convince Chris to abandon his dangerous trek to Alaska.
The scene in question takes place in Ron's car as he drops Chris off on the side of the highway on his first steps towards his destiny. In this confined space, Ron lays his soul bare in a last ditch effort to stop Chris from making what ends up being a fatal mistake. When his offer is turned down, the look on his face is heartbreakingly honest and real, a lone tear streaming down his weathered features.
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