THEY WERE ALL AUGUST BABIES
Check out the interview excerpts below to see what these movie personalities had to say to Guy Flatley or Diane Baroni.
AMY ADAMS (Born on 8/20/74)
When Amy got the call from her agent saying that “Steven Spielberg wants to work with you in ‘Catch Me If You Can’,’’ she couldn’t quite believe it. “You get used to disappointment in L.A....but Leonardo DiCaprio was so generous. And funny. And Steven lets you be so free." Click here for the complete interview.
JACK BLACK (Born on 8/28/69)
"I fell in with some rough dudes and did a lot of blow, a lot of cocaine. Then I got taken out of the public school system and put into a private school for troubled youths, and after that, I was fortunate enough to get into a great school in Santa Monica called Crossroads. That really turned my shit around." Click here for the complete interview.
JOAN BLONDELL (Born on 8/30/06)
“I’ve been in over 90 movies, but none of them has been like ‘Opening Night.’ You never know where the camera is; John Cassavetes follows you around the corner, into the phone booth, under the bed, everywhere. I couldn’t tell when the actors were having a private conversation and when they were actually changing the lines of the script. They were always so natural. I must say, it’s lovely not having to stick to all the author’s ifs, ands and buts.” Click here for the complete interview.
SEAN CONNERY (Born on 8/25/30)
“The sad fact of the rebellion among the young today is that there is a great loss of individuality. The hippies make such an effort to be hippies that they end up wearing a uniform. I mean, it looks nice--all that long hair and the beads--but there is an irresponsibility about their rebellion. When they get hungry, they go home to mamma. I don’t call that independence. So many kids get piles sitting on the pavements in London.” Click here for the complete interview.
ROBERT DE NIRO (Born on 8/17/43)
“Of course, you always bring something of yourself to a part, but to me acting means playing different parts, trying to get as close to the reality of a character as possible, learning his lifestyle, how he holds his fork, how he carries himself, how he talks, how he relates to other people. It’s hard to do, because it means you always have to keep looking. Some days you find nothing, other days you’re inspired and see lots that’s exciting. That’s why I like to travel before I do a part…so I can feel I’ve prepared as well as I can. I want to feel I’ve earned the right to play a person.” Click here for the complete interview.
SARA FOSTER (Born on 8/2/81)
“When I was 5 years old, I used to make my nanny interview me. ‘Go ahead; ask me anything,’ I’d tell her.” Click here for the complete interview.
ELLIOTT GOULD (Born on 8/29/38)
"I finally stopped going to my analyst when he began having me explain things to him, and now I'll never have to entertain him again. You know, Freud got us into as much trouble as Christ did; in fact, I've come to the conclusion that Freud was really Mel Brooks." Click here for the complete interview.
ALFRED HITCHCOCK (Born on 8/13/1899)
"Actors really are like children, you know. That’s why you get such a tremendous number of divorces in Hollywood. The participants in a love scene take their roles so seriously that they continue the scene after 6 o’clock in the dressing room. Such children! When an actor comes to me and wants to discuss his character, I say, ‘It’s in the script.’ If he says, 'But what is my motivation?’ I say, ‘Your salary.’"
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DUSTIN HOFFMAN (Born on 8/8/37)
“When my father walked in the door, my Mom would scream, ‘Harry, I can’t deal with them anymore!’ And he’d answer, ‘Lil, it’s your job to raise the kids. Listen, you guys, if you treat your mother badly, I’ll crack your heads together, because after you’re gone, I’ll have to live with this woman.’ ‘Harry,’ Mom would plead, ‘that’s enough!’ And he’d answer, ‘Shut up, Lil!’ The next night, at the dinner table, there’d be a complete playback from me, and everyone would double over laughing. That’s how performing became a high for me.” Click here for the complete interview.
RUBY KEELER (Born on 8/25/10)
“I can’t sing. I mean I haven’t any voice. Dick Powell had a wonderful voice, and they’d always give me the middle part, with the smallest range. Those poor songwriters! ‘Don’t you worry, Ruby,’ they’d say, ‘It sounds all right. It really does.’” Click here for the complete interview.
MYRNA LOY (Born on 8/2/05)
"The first talkie I was up for was 'The Desert Song,' playing the part of a not very trustworthy belly dancer. Darryl Zanuck sat and watched the test with me. I was wearing nut-brown makeup and not too many clothes. I thought I was pretty good, considering the circumstances, but Zanuck turned to me and said, 'I don't know, you're awfully nervous.' So I said, 'You would be, too.' Then he said, 'We may put you in the movie, and then have to take you out.’ ‘In other words,' I said, 'you might have to give me the hook?' 'Yes,' he answered, 'that's right.’ So I did it, and they didn't give me the hook.” Click here for the complete interview.
FREDRIC MARCH (Born on 8/31/1897)
"It was fun working with Greta Garbo in 'Anna Karenina,' but I can't say I ever got to know her very well. As Bob Montgomery put it, 'Doing a picture with Garbo does not constitute an introduction.'” Click herefor the complete interview.
PETER O’TOOLE (Born on 8/2/32)
"The French make a fine distinction between an acteur and a comedien. A comedien can take on any role; an acteur takes on a recurring role. I prefer to think of myself as a comedien. But, really, I'm loath to talk about myself in these terms. I'm a jobbing actor. Acting is what my job is; have jock strap, will travel."
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FRANK PERRY (Born on 8/21/30)
“My films are actors’ films, films of human relationships. I never think, ‘How can I dazzle the audience with my camera?’ I want to dazzle them with the truth. And for that you need the human face. No landscape can compare with the human face. The complexity, the excitement, all the drama taking place down deep flows up into the human face...Of course, there’s very little drama in an empty face.” Click here for the complete interview.
BUDDY ROGERS (Born on 8/13/04)
“The days of the silent film were perfect. I was studying journalism at the University of Kansas when Paramount came through looking for 10 boys and 10 girls to put together a Paramount School of Acting out at Astoria [Queens]. They taught us how to roll down a flight of stairs without hurting ourselves, how to wear false beards and how to hold a kiss for three minutes without laughing.” Click here for the complete interview.
VIVA (Born on 8/23/38)
"A big fat lady came up to me and asked, ‘How do you get into the movies?’ ‘Take off your clothes,’ I told her. ‘But what about acting school, shouldn’t you go to acting school first?’ she asked. ‘No, no, no! You just take off your clothes.’" Click here for the complete interview.
TUESDAY WELD (Born on 8/27/43)
"My mother tried to turn my brothers and sisters into models, but they preferred swimming. But me, I was the backward child, and I took to modeling immediately. Anything to escape. So I became the supporter of the family. When I was 9, I had a breakdown, which disappointed my mother a great deal. But I made a comeback when I was 10.” Click here for the complete interview.
SHELLEY WINTERS (Born on 8/18/20)
“I’ve got this movie called ‘What Happened to Helen?’ or ‘Where’s Aunt Helen?’ or something like that–-I don’t know the title, I just pick up my money at the end of the week. Anyway, it’s about two women during the thirties who run a school to turn out Shirley Temples, and in my next scene I have to stab Debbie Reynolds to death. Poor Debbie–-they’d better not give me a real knife." Click here for the complete interview.