In honor of the imminent release of Steve De Jarnatt’s gem of a short film Tarzana (1978) on video (yes, finally! Watch this space!), here is the director recalling his experience of working with Timothy on that film to Paul Rowlands of the Money Into Lightfilm blog.
How was working with the legendary Timothy Carey? What can you say about Timothy Carey? There was only one. A brilliant, extremely complicated and odd performer and human being. Some say Tim, who was in Paths of Glory (1957) and The Killing (1956), was the reason Stanley Kubrick moved to England, and I sort of know why. Tim would call me a couple times a week after the film was shot and talk (or perform) for an hour – it could be a freaky sort of thing – and poor Stanley probably couldn’t take it. This is how Tim would roll with someone he trusted. Now I just regret I didn’t record all those rambling Dali-esque monologues of his. When I got my first professional gig in the 80s, directing the Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode “Man from the South” with John Huston and Kim Novak, Tim called up Universal and said he was my manager and was supposed to get 50% of everything I made. (In truth, my entire salary went to joining the DGA on that one). I sort of drifted off from contact with him, but when I was casting for my first feature, Cherry 2000, Tim began to hound me for the part of Six Finger Jake. I did go to bat for him, but the studio and producer nixed it. I was very fortunate to get Ben Johnson, but Tim never forgave me. I had betrayed him. Ah well.
What was the shoot like?
We planned on shooting ten days and after three days, Tim Carey had used up all the film. Well, that’s not true, I did. I sat there agape and watched him riff in these crazy improvs that had nothing to do with the movie. One of the improvs is its own little cult film, Cinema Justice (1977). We had to shut down production and look for more money.
The Timothy Carey Experience is one year old today! I have to say it’s been nothing but a pleasure to bring this blog to you. I’ve received lots of positive feedback, many fans, and that warm fuzzy feeling you get when you know you’re doing something right. Here’s to many more years of Tim in cyberspace! Thank you, folks!
Getting silly on the Killing of a Chinese Bookie set
Hey gang, just a reminder that to your right is a rather extensive blogroll. It’s showcasing some really top drawer blogs I’ve come across over the past few months, touching on old movies, classic jazz/R&B, vintage style, and all that type of thing. There’s some rather awesome stuff there, so I encourage you to check ’em out!
Also, please don’t forget the new TC Experience Forum! Let’s talk about Timothy! See you there!