Kurtz discusses his family and asks that Willard tell his son about him after his death. In the camp, Willard is subdued, bound and brought before Kurtz in a darkened temple. Apocalypse Now's correctness in following the story line of the Heart of Darkness is amazing although the settings of each story are from completely different location and time periods.
The Characters of Marlow, Willard and Kurtz 3. Within a few days, Coppola was unhappy with Harvey Keitel's take on Willard, saying that the actor "found it difficult to play him as a passive onlooker".
According to the DVD commentary of Redux, the character is based on Sean Flynna famed news correspondent who disappeared in Cambodia in Apocalypse Now.
Coppola later admitted that he can no longer tell which scenes are Joe and which are Martin.