THEY WERE ALL DECEMBER BABIES
Two spectacularly funny men—Woody Allen and Richard Pryor—were born on the first day of December. Check out the interview excerpts below to see what they and other born-in-December movie personalities had to say to Guy Flatley or Diane Baroni.
WOODY ALLEN (Born on 12/1/35)
“When Eric Pleskow, Robert Benjamin and Arthur Krim asked me what kind of drama I wanted to make, I said, ‘I hope this doesn’t sound pretentious, but the people I admire are Bergman, O'Neill, Chekhov and Strindberg, and I'd like to do something in their ball park.' 'You just named all the wrong people,' they told me. 'O'Neill never made a dime and Bergman made five pictures for us, not one of which showed a profit. But go ahead with "Interiors."' " Click here for the complete interview.
GERARD DEPARDIEU (Born on 12/27/48)
"I love women. And when you’re a man who loves women, everybody thinks you’re making love with them all. To me, women are more interesting than men. They’re more courageous, they’re kinder, nicer—even when they’re driving you crazy. I have a lot of extraordinary women friends in the business—Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Adjani…Andie MacDowell, too, is a friend. You might say Andie is the ideal woman for a man. She’s beautiful, obviously, but she doesn’t care about her looks. She’s there, she takes care of her children, she doesn’t ask too many questions. She’s superb. Appetizing.” Click here for the complete interview.
JEAN-LUC GODARD (Born on 12/3/30)
"I feel a comradeship for all the people who are jailed and shot by the FBI, whether white or black. What the United States is doing to the Black Panthers is what the Nazis were doing to the Jews and what the Israeli government is doing to the Palestinian people.
I feel that the really dangerous people in this country are the liberals. They say they want peace in Vietnam but they do not say they want victory for the Vietnamese people. They say they want peace now, but they did not say it when they were winning the war." Click here for the complete interview.
JAKE GYLLENHAAL (Born on 12/19/80)
"There should be more movies that say, ‘So you’re going through some abnormal shit? Hey, it’s just a part of growing up. Feeling like an oddball is OK.’" Click here for the complete interview.
RICHARD PRYOR (Born on 12/1/40)
"It’s true, I was brought up in a whorehouse in Peoria. My mother and father lived there and worked there. I guess it was a harsh life for a child. There was nothing left to the imagination, but I’m not sure it’s damaging to see life for real. And I don’t know anywhere else I could have gotten more love and attention than I got there."
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DALTON TRUMBO (Born on 12/9/05)
“Jesus Christ! Do I hate ‘The Sandpiper’! Lets just start by saying the script was lousy, though I’m not sure it was that bad. Here you have this hungry 22-year-old girl with a little baby, no husband and no money. And she’s played by Elizabeth Taylor, an opulent woman who weighs approximately 145 pounds and has 22 costume changes by Irene Sharaff or whatever the hell her name is. I kept telling Marty Ransohoff, the producer, that it wasn’t right for this poor starving girl to have $85,000 worth of clothes. Finally, Marty agreed. ‘You’re right,’ he said. ‘She could never afford to buy all those clothes. I’ll tell you what we’ll do—we’ll put a sewing machine in her living room.’ You know, that goddamned movie made money. I guess people will always gather around an accident.” Click here for the complete interview.
LIV ULLMANN (Born on 12/16/38)
“I was working with Fred Zinnemann on ‘Man’s Fate’ two years ago in London. In the middle of the third week of rehearsals, we got the word that some crazy man at Metro had decided the movie should not be made. We were all so depressed that we fell to pieces. Only Fred remained calm. ‘If they are going to be un-artistic,’ he said, ‘we will be artistic.’ And for three days, we all worked quite professionally on a picture we knew would never be made, and at the end of the week Fred gave a cocktail party. I can still remember him on the set, attending to some small detail, making sure that everything was in its proper place. I only wish that smiling rattlesnake at Metro had been able to see a real artist at work.” Click here for the complete interview.
RICHARD WIDMARK (Born on 12/26/14)
“I liked Marilyn Monroe very much. She was a nice girl. But it was difficult working with her in ‘Don’t Bother to Knock.’ Darryl Zanuck wanted to make her a dramatic actress, even though acting scared her to death. So we had a lot of trouble just getting her out of her dressing room.” Click here for the complete interview.