What Robert Durst Said on DVD Commentary of Movie Based on His Life

Some violent parts of "All Good Things" were "close" to real life, he says.

ByABC News
April 3, 2015, 12:46 PM

— -- Robert Durst’s involvement with the HBO documentary series “The Jinx” wasn’t the first time that the now-jailed real estate heir opened up about his connection to a pair of unsolved cases -- the disappearance of his first wife and the murder of his friend, for which he is now charged.

Durst spoke at length during a DVD audio commentary for the 2010 film, “All Good Things,” loosely based upon his life story -- and reacted as he apparently watched a fictionalized version of his life play out before his eyes.

Durst noted during the commentary for the DVD, which first came out in 2011, how some scenes, including disturbing ones showing fights he allegedly had with his wife, were remarkably “close” to how he said they happened in real life.

Durst now is being held in a Louisiana jail after being arrested for the murder of his friend, Susan Berman, and facing weapons and drug possession charges stemming from items found during his arrest. Durst and his lawyers have maintained his innocence in Berman's killing.

“All Good Things” starred Ryan Gosling as a stand-in for Durst and Kirsten Dunst as a character resembling his first wife, Kathie. The film's director, Andrew Jarecki, came into contact with Durst after the film was released. Jarecki later created the documentary, "The Jinx," shown on HBO this year.

Unlike "The Jinx," in which Durst is shown in front of the camera, with his personal tics -- burping and frequent blinking -- on full display, the DVD commentary for "All Good Things" simply added a conversation between Durst and Jarecki as an audio track cut over the movie.

PHOTO: Ryan Gosling, left, and Kirsten Dunst, right, are pictured in a still from "All Good Things."
Ryan Gosling, left, and Kirsten Dunst, right, are pictured in a still from "All Good Things."

"All Good Things," which was fictionalized with main characters renamed, focused largely on a story based upon Durst's relationship with his first wife, Kathie, who he married in 1973 and who vanished in January 1982. Durst was the last person to see his wife, and while the local district attorney later suggested he might be to blame when she reopened the investigation, Durst has never been charged in connection to her disappearance and he maintains his innocence.

Here are some of the most telling quotes from Durst’s commentary.

The Happy Days of His Relationship with Kathie Durst

“We were in love -- I mean in love -- and we loved Vermont. This was brand new for the two of us. We were both already semi hippies.

He said that they had a “strong physical attraction.”

“Enormous. We couldn’t stop touching one another,” he said.

PHOTO: An undated handout photo depicts Kathleen Durst, last seen on Jan. 21, 1982.
An undated handout photo depicts Kathleen Durst, last seen on Jan. 21, 1982.

What He Said About Their Physical Fights

In one scene in the film, Ryan Gosling, the actor playing the Durst character, is seen sitting in their car outside the family home of the Kathie Durst character, waiting to leave a family function. He then storms in and grabs his wife by her hair, dragging her through the room.

“This is close. After a number of years, before I would go to her family’s house for a function I would insist that we agree on how long we were going to stay -- two hours, three hours, four hours. We would do a negotiation. When the time was up, I was ready to leave. I’ve seen the story about the hair two different ways: One way I would drag her out of the house by her hair; the other way I would grab her hair and a big chunk comes out. Either one is close enough.”

After another fight with the Robert Durst character, the Kathie character bangs on her neighbor’s apartment window from the terrace.

“This is more-or-less accurate," Durst said. "I don’t know why she would go in our neighbor’s window as opposed to go to their door. And it was pouring, and we were have a wrestling-shoving-type fight, and she ran out on the terrace and ran to their apartment. Said she was afraid to go home. So she didn’t want to go home. She doesn’t have to go home. ... I didn’t really care one way or another what she did. It was late and I was just tired."

What He Said About Susan Berman, His Friend That He Is Now Charged With Murdering

"Susan’s about the most outgoing person I ever met, other than my mother," Durst said. "She got along with everybody. She always had people around."

He said he and Susan were “always” platonic and he later walked her down the aisle at her wedding.

"She moved to Los Angeles shortly after Kathie disappeared in 1982," he said. "We were still close, still spoke frequently, but we were far away from one another. We went away a couple of times. ... We saw each other frequently ... but its just different when you're not nearby. We used to see each other when she was in New York and it would be several times a week."

What Neighbor Thought About Durst's Disguise

Durst said that Black saw him dressed as a woman -- but he stopped wearing the wig and woman’s clothes as they became closer, telling Jarecki that Black asked him about the change in attire infrequently.

It was, Durst said, a "'Why are you here' kind of thing, 'Why do you periodically put on this wig,' kind of thing. And I just, in essence, told him I was in a movie, that I wanted to get away from Robert Durst."

What Durst Chose to Ignore While Watching the Film

There are some key moments in the movie that involved Berman's character that Durst chose not to comment on directly -- the first being when the film shows a character representing Morris Black going to the Berman character’s home in Los Angeles and shooting her in the back of the head. Investigators now believe that Durst was the one to kill Berman.

"The Jinx," which was based around a series of other interviews between Durst and Jarecki, contends that Durst admits he was in California around the time of Berman’s murder on Christmas Eve 2000, but Durst says he was in a different part of the state and did not kill his friend.

Durst also didn’t say anything at the end of "All Good Things" when, in a flashback sequence, it shows Berman's character wearing a blonde wig as she retraces the alleged last steps of Kathie Durst, who was reportedly seen leaving her building by the doorman and heard placing a call to the Kathie Durst character's medical school dean to say that she would be missing class.