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The Kid Stays In The Picture

November 10, 2009

“Luck doesn’t just happen, it’s when opportunity meets preparation.”

Robert Evans

photographed by Alfred Eisenstaedt 1968 (via LIFE)

“The Kid Stays In The Picture” (2002):

A documentary about the life and times of  the legendary film producer, Robert Evans based on his memoir (narrated by the man himself). As a head of Paramount Studios, he produced a number of great classics such as Rosemary’s Baby (1968), Love Story (1970),  The Godfather (1972) and Chinatown (1974).

The film’s title comes from the time when Evans was cast as the bullfighter in Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises (1957). Hemingway was apparently furious that the studio had hired a “pretty-boy” actor (Evans) for the lead role and demanded that Evans be removed from the movie. Some of his co-stars were also less than keen on Evans and made their objections known to producer Darryl F.Zanuck in a written statement. Evans realised he had a fight on his hands and threw himself into the project – training with real matadors and bulls to make his performance as authentic as possible. When it came to the first day’s shooting, Evans gave an exceptional performance that made Zanuck stop and declare, “The kid stays in the picture. Anyone who doesn’t like it, can leave.” There were no more protests.

After Zanuck’s edict, he decided to be a producer, the one who called the shots.

“When you own property, you’re king.”

-N.

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