Quote of the Week

The crazy actor who was in Paths of Glory with the big bug eyes was Timothy Carey. He was a method actor. Huge overactor. Carey, who was nuts, doesn’t show up one day. They’re shooting on a tight schedule because they don’t have a lot of money to do it. [Stanley] Kubrick and [producer James B.] Harris are going crazy. They get a call from the police. Carey has been found bound and gagged in the woods behind a house in the outskirts of Munich. He says, “Oh, Jesus, thank God they found me. I got kidnapped and they robbed me.” Jimmy thought, this is really weird. He’s a huge guy. Who’s going to kidnap and rob him? Carey’s back working. Jimmy goes over to the house where he was found, and the residents finally confess that Carey gave them a hundred bucks to call the police and bind and gag him themselves. He’d been on a toot for two days, and he knew he’d get fired. That’s why you love to work. That stuff doesn’t happen in offices. It only happens on a set. That’s why I love it so much.

Tom Mankiewicz, My Life as a Mankiewicz: An Insider’s Journey Through Hollywood (The University Press of Kentucky, 2012)

Paths of Glory

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