I Directed Michael Caine’s Feet

“Not many people know that”. The actor Sir Michael Caine popularised that phrase. I directed Michael Caine’s feet. Not the rest of him. That happened another time. Just his feet. Not many people know that. ‘The Dark Side of the Earth’ was the BBC production which featured his heavy boots. It was a play by the …

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Cary Grant was No Fool

Cary Grant came into the studio wrapped in an aura of fame that was almost tangible. The smile, radiant; the eyes, tingling; the demeanour, certain. All you would expect from a renowned international screen star. Those clustered around the entrance – cast and carpenters, make-up and hair, wardrobe and whingers – watched in jaw-dropped silence as the unexpected visitor, led by …

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Who is Sean Connery?

An actor’s life, the professionals believe, can be summed up  in four lines. Say his name is John Smith. The lines declared by prospective employers – directors, producers, agents, and such –  would be: Line 1 – Who is John Smith? When he is young and unknown. Line 2 – Let’s give young John Smith …

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F***IN’ VEGETABLES THAT MOVE !!

“I bought the rights to a book you know,” said the voice on the phone from Hollywood. “What book is that, Joe?” I asked. “The Day of the Triffids” he replied. I paused. And could feel, as the cliche has it, the hairs rise on the back of my  neck. Wow, I thought. “That’s a …

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