Today we hear once again from Timothy’s younger brother George Carey, from the unpublished Filmax interview by Harvey F. Chartrand.
Timmy could be a very dominant personality. He always wanted his own way. He took charge, told the actor how he wanted the role to be played. I would say Timmy was a very strong type of director, fitting his personality. But he seemed to have a good relationship with the people who were acting for him and they seemed to be very happy to be doing the acting. Timmy was definitely very charismatic. He was unique.
Not everybody liked his style. Timmy did a remarkable job with his career, considering. He was very independent, but I don’t think you can be too independent out there, if you want to keep working. Then he ran into other dominant personalities, directors who didn’t like his individual style. He had a number of people who liked his style very much. But there were some who didn’t care much for it. Some of the more established stars didn’t like Timmy’s improvisational approach to scripted scenes. When Timmy was on film, you always knew it. And I don’t know if that was always appreciated. But there were a number of people in the business who seemed to like him and appreciated his unique flair. Other people found it a little irritating.
– Filmfax article (not published) by Harvey F. Chartrand, 2003