At 74, his eyes are still exceptionally blue and a little bit mischievous. He sits calmly, listens to a question about how often he is offered roles like the one he plays in Unfinished Song, and smiles.
"I'm not a film fanatic. If I never saw another movie in my life, it wouldn't bother me. Acting is what I do to make money, but it's certainly not my life-style. Compared to world affairs, to peace conferences, making a movie is absolutely nothing!"
Every 10 years, leading film critics around the world choose a list of top films. While the Top 10 changes, one thing has long remained unchanged: Citizen Kane is the greatest film ever. But The Godfather is doing some creeping of its own.
My personal memory of Marilyn, far afield from Eunice Murray's terrible discovery, is splendid and dates back to the mid-1950s when I was barely a teenager and lived in the Belnord, the apartment building on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
In my few decades of doing celebrity hair, I have done many who were nominated for Oscars and a handful who won. There was one time, though, that I was actually backstage, and it turned out to be one very eventful night.
For movie dialogue to be memorialized it needs, first and foremost, to be short -- short enough to be easily recalled and repeated (which is unfortunate because that's going to leave some very clever material at the starting gate).
Some films can infuse us with their magic even before we have a chance to watch them. Personally, it may be an image, the mystery of its title or a particular theme which will create in this cinema lover a craving only satiated by watching the film.