Peter Sellers
Clouseau’s Clumsiness Was Not Due to Peter Sellers

Chief Inspector Clouseau Was Not Clumsy Due to Peter Sellers

Film director Blake Edwards talks about the acting of Peter Sellers, who starred in his hugely popular “Pink Panther” film series as the main role of Chief Inspector Clouseau: “Sellers couldn’t do the physical things at all. He was not a good physical comedian. I had to set him up … Continue reading

Andy Warhol
Business Manager of Andy Warhol Found Him Incompetent

Business Manager of Andy Warhol Found Him Incompetent

Film director Paul Morrissey who was Andy Warhol’s business manager describes how unimpressed he was with Warhol: “He couldn’t influence anybody. He was incapable of doing anything. He was so severely autistic…He couldn’t read!” Morrissey cites Warhol’s name recognition as the reason for his star power versus his art–and says … Continue reading

Citizen Kane
Director Sydney Pollack’s Reverence for ‘Citizen Kane’

Director Sydney Pollack’s Reverence for ‘Citizen Kane’

In this interview with AFI, American film director Sydney Pollack describes his admiration for the film, “Citizen Kane,” directed by the great Orson Welles. Pollack says of Welles and the film: “You are just aware that somebody is working at the top of their game.” The film is regarded as … Continue reading

Alfred Hitchcock
[Text] Nabokov’s Response to Hitchcock’s Request for a Film Collaboration


“Your second idea is quite acceptable to me…” The following is a letter written by novelist Vladimir Nabokov to film director and producer Alfred Hitchcock in response to his question on writing a screenplay for a film together. In this letter, Nabokov replies to Hitchcock by telling him that his … Continue reading

Alfred Hitchcock
[Text] Alfred Hitchcock’s Letter to Vladimir Nabokov on a Film Collaboration


“Now this next idea I’m not sure will really appeal to you but, on the other hand, it might….” Film director and producer Alfred Hitchcock writes a letter to novelist Vladimir Nabokov about the possibility of collaborating on a screenplay together. In this letter, Hitchcock proposes two story lines to … Continue reading

Loretta Young
Beverly Washburn Describes Working With a Legend


Beverly Washburn, one of the stars of “The Loretta Young Show,” talks about her experience working on the set with beloved American actress Loretta Young. She states that everybody on set got along just like a family and that Young was like a second mother to everyone. Washburn goes on … Continue reading

Luis Buñuel
His Colleague: ‘Working with Buñuel Was Living with Buñuel’


French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière talks about his experience working with director Luis Buñuel on the 1972 surrealist film, “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie”–which was re-released in the United Kingdom in 2012. Carrière mentions how coincidentally, on the day the two of them came up with the title of the … Continue reading

George Lucas
James Earl Jones on Being the Voice of Darth Vader


Actor James Earl Jones describes becoming the voice of Darth Vader, for which he was paid $7,000. He took over for Scottish actor David Prowse, who played the character of Darth Vader in the film–and wore the costume. The rumor was that Lucas was looking for someone like Orson Welles, but … Continue reading

Richard Burton
The Only Leading Lady Burton Never Slept With

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Actress and singer Julie Andrews describes her professional relationship and friendship with Richard Burton–a notorious lady’s man. Andrews comments on how “unbelievably attractive” Burton was and claims that it was a good thing he never made a pass at her while she was married because she didn’t know what she … Continue reading

Richard Burton
Michael Sheen on the Unlikely Birthplace He and Burton Shared

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Michael Sheen discusses the life of esteemed Welsh actor, Richard Burton. Although Burton would eventually go on to win a myriad of awards from the Golden Globes to the Tonys, he was born in a rural Welsh town called Port Talbot. Since then, the town has produced several other Hollywood mega stars … Continue reading