Today’s pic revisits John Cassavetes’ The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976), the enigmatic portrait of a man in crisis but who’s trying to avoid it like all get-out. Timothy is rather unforgettable as Flo, the glad-handing muscle of some rather inept Hollywood gangsters. Here he nonchalantly fans himself with a napkin during the diner scene.
“John Cassavetes was different!” Tim told Ara Corbett. “He would inspire people. He didn’t believe in anything negative; there wasn’t a negative bone in his body. You could always call him up any time and he was always there to give you a helping hand. Just incredible… He had to drop dead and die, I mean it’s just a shame. I don’t know why he couldn’t have stayed. He kept telling me he’s OK, he’s OK, but he wasn’t.”