Quote of the Week

Tim Carey and Seymour Cassel had a number of personal conflicts, and a few fights almost broke out between them. Carey was a notorious ham and scene-stealer, averse to direction, who more or less did whatever he felt like doing in his scenes; Cassel was similar, and the combination was volatile. (By the same virtue, both actors brought a lot of originality to their work. Carey’s shirt and white gloves in the restaurant scene and the way he eats his spinach were entirely his own invention. These were the sorts of things that made other directors shy away from using Carey but which Cassavetes adored.) […] Tim Carey told me about many other times Cassavetes gleefully spent hours filming something when he must have known that he wouldn’t be able to include more than a few seconds of it in the film. (One example was a long sequence in the garage in which Carey’s character sang ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ over and over to Cosmo.)

Ray Carney, from “Chapter 8: The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1975)”, Cassavetes on Cassavetes (Faber and Faber Ltd., 2001)

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

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