Pic of the Day: “Head” revisited

Today we’re revisiting Head (1968), directed by Bob Rafelson, written by Rafelson, Jack Nicholson, and The Monkees, and starring the Pre-Fab Four themselves. Timothy is in full froth during the inexplicable “Atta boy Mike” scene.

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“You really can’t describe the picture,” Tim told Dick Strout for The Hollywood Report (listen here!). “I read the script and actually it’s the most bizarre film story I ever read before. Each page is another movie. It’s quite unique. I’ve never really been involved – I’ve worked in films before but never any quite as unique as this one. It’s a very hard film to describe… In this picture I played about four different characters. And I didn’t know what I was doing most of the time.”

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“You really can’t describe the picture. I read the script and actually it’s the most bizarre film story I ever read before. Each page is another movie. It’s quite unique. I’ve never really been involved, I’ve worked in films before but never any quite as unique as this one. It’s a very hard film to describe. People say, ‘Well go ahead and see the film, you’ll find out.’ This is usually a promotional stunt or something. But in this picture I played about four different characters. And I didn’t know what I was doing most of the time. These Monkees, you know, to be honest, they’re not the most disciplined actors. I remember Davy had to get a hair cut right in the middle of the scene. (laughs) And three of the other actors, they had to walk someplace on top of the roofs to get inspired, they’d lost the feel of it. They just walked off and they came back about an hour later, much to the dismay of the assistant director who couldn’t quite grasp it. They had to replace four assistant directors; they broke down, they just couldn’t take anymore because of the Monkees’ antics and carrying on. I mean it was just impossible sometimes, but of course this is the Monkees and this is what makes their talent so unique and so great. It was strictly a picture for the Monkees. I’m sure their fans all over the world will really love this show, you know, because it’s so outstanding. It makes Tiny Tim look like a Sunday school teacher.”

– Promotional radio interview for Head with Dick Strout for The Hollywood Report, 1968

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Most of my roles, I’ve tried to make them diversified. In trying to make them diversified, I didn’t get along with certain directors. Unfortunately I hold the all time record, I’m not proud of it but it’s a fact. I was asked to leave the set five times in a row. I guess I didn’t read that book How to Make Friends and Influence People [sic]. But it was a lot of fun. I’m the scourge of Hollywood. I remember an agent said to me, and it’s the truth, when he mentioned my name to some casting director, the casting director just fell across the director’s lap and fainted, he was so shocked by the fact that he mentioned Timothy Carey, you know. But I’ve been getting along with people now.  I’ve been, you know, just sitting in my dressing room getting ready for the scene. As I told one of the assistant directors on my last picture, he gave me a very small dressing room, and I said, “You don’t know my history as an actor, do you?” And right away I got a better dressing room.

– Promotional radio interview for Head with Dick Strout for The Hollywood Report, 1968

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