Who is your favorite R. E. Lee in films and why? Mine would have to be Robert Duvall in "Gods and Generals." I believe he looked to me the most like Lee and when I first saw him in costume it looked as if Lee had come back to life. I also happen to believe he is one of our greatest character actors of our time and although he was born in San Diego, CA he grew up in Maryland. As a southerner one of my pet peeves is fake southern accents. Robert's accent, in my humble opinion, is one of the best accents for someone not born in Dixie.