Quote of the Week

GL: So you had a lot of trouble with other actors.

TC: A few of them didn’t like what I was doing, yeah. I did a show with Bob Ryan once – he was great, but he wouldn’t allow a lot of takes. “This is it,” he’d say. Adolphe Menjou didn’t care much for me, either. He was a man of the old school, and when we were in Munich shooting Paths of Glory, he thought I’d disgraced the company with my behavior. I had a toy monkey with me, and I was walking around with holes in my shoes.

GL: James Harris, the producer, told me you embarrassed the crew, that the Germans wanted to throw the whole company out of the country.

TC: Harris fired me. He made sure I’d done all my scenes, then fired me the next day. Emile Meyer, the guy playing the priest when we are being executed, also didn’t like me. He wanted to punch me because in my death scene I was biting his arm, saying, “I don’t wanna die, I don’t wanna die” [laughs]. Kubrick pulled me aside and said [menacing whisper], “Make it good, Tim. Kirk doesn’t like it.” When he fired me, Harris said, “You’ve already stolen all the scenes!”

– Grover Lewis, “Cracked Actor”, Film Comment Jan/Feb 2004; interview conducted in 1992

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