I met my wife and, for the next ten years, we did no films at all. She did the first movie and then I did several after. My first movie was written by Tennessee Williams and directed by Kazan and was called Baby Doll.
Well, I was getting a lot of money then, and I wasn’t getting any Hollywood films, so I just did those. I’d always do a play in between. Whenever I ran low on funds, I’d always rush off to do a movie somewhere.
So I wanted to show what I did with the money. So I got red silk shirts, beautiful hats, wonderful saddles, a great horse, and two gold teeth. So that was the way I did it.
This country has a complex about age. It’s unbelievable. If you’re over thirty, you’ve had it in this country.
I’ve learned that life is very tricky business: Each person needs to find what they want to do in life and not be dissuaded when people question them.
Well, I’ve maybe gotten 200 requests for interviews about Marilyn, and I just decided I’m gonna do my own.
John Huston was a superb master. He knew how to make good films. I did three things with him. One is called Independence. It plays in Philadelphia, for free. It’s been playing there for 25 years.
When I saw the movie, I said, I wish I had heard the music. I would have ridden the horse differently.
One thing changes every evening: It’s the audience, and I’m working my magic. I’m always learning from it.
And that movie was underrated – Nuts – because it deals with a terrible subject, but It’s very well done.
I’d come out of the army after five years as a medic. I was a medical administrator and we ran hospitals, and I was a Captain in the army at the end, in 1945.
But I went to the University of Texas in the 30s, and while there I learned to ride. Mostly polo ponies.
My wife says that stage acting is like being on a tightrope with no net, and being in the movies, there is a net – because you stop and go over it again. It’s very technical and mechanical. On stage you’re on your own.
What is it in my makeup that makes me grab any offer and fly around the world? Will I ever be satisfied? Can’t I ever just rest?