by Jack Tewksbury
For forty years the HFPA has recorded interviews with famous and celebrated actors, actresses and filmmakers. The world’s largest collection of its kind — over 10,000 interviews — is now in the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences Library. The audios are fascinating. Below is an excerpt: a memoir of a very intense and rather colorful collaboration between James Woods and director Oliver Stone on the set of Salvador, in 1985.
“We fought like cats and dogs. I mean, we really were brutally at odds through most of the film, although I like Oliver Stone very much, and I think he’s a great screenwriter. Anyway, the movie worked, I think we both agreed.
We have each gone on record as saying it was an unbelievably difficult time but a very valuable time although we didn’t talk once for three whole days. If he said , “Action,” I wouldn’t do anything. I’d say, “Tell the first assistant director.” Once he called me a rat and a weasel and he told me, “I hate you.” So in the very next scene I shout, “Okay, I’m a f*** weasel.”
I just threw it in and he said, “You had to say it, didn’t you?” And he added, “I’m not going to print it,” and I said, “Yeah, you’ll print it, cause it’s good.” And there it is on the screen.”
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