Timothy Carey is a maverick actor, a perfectionist, and according to one film critic, “the world’s greatest ham.” […]
Carey claims that director Stanley Kubrick once cautioned him to control his performance as Private Ferol in the 1957 Paths to [sic] Glory.
“‘Make this good. You’re too strong (an actor) for (the star) Kirk (Douglas),'” recalls Carey of Kubrick’s warning.
Nevertheless, Carey’s part – as the private on the way to his execution – squeezed every bit out of the scene and strengthened the movie’s theme against cold-blooded murder. The scene’s effectiveness grew partly from Carey’s innovations.
– Richard VanderVeen, “Make way for ‘world’s greatest ham’”, Ann Arbor News, April 14, 1979