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by Scott_Eyman
December 17th, 2017, 8:08 pm
Forum: Scott Eyman to Discuss HANK & JIM on 12/16 & 12/17
Topic: SCOTT EYMAN Q & A on "HANK & JIM" ON 12/16 & 12/17
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Re: SCOTT EYMAN Q & A on "HANK & JIM" ON 12/16 & 12/17

My pleasure! Holler anytime I can be of service.
by Scott_Eyman
December 17th, 2017, 6:35 pm
Forum: Scott Eyman to Discuss HANK & JIM on 12/16 & 12/17
Topic: SCOTT EYMAN Q & A on "HANK & JIM" ON 12/16 & 12/17
Replies: 31
Views: 6196

Re: SCOTT EYMAN Q & A on "HANK & JIM" ON 12/16 & 12/17

Stewart's son Michael has it in his house.
by Scott_Eyman
December 17th, 2017, 6:12 pm
Forum: Scott Eyman to Discuss HANK & JIM on 12/16 & 12/17
Topic: SCOTT EYMAN Q & A on "HANK & JIM" ON 12/16 & 12/17
Replies: 31
Views: 6196

Re: SCOTT EYMAN Q & A on "HANK & JIM" ON 12/16 & 12/17

He loved Ford, because he was basically visual, which Stewart also thought was the best way to make pictures. I'm sure Fonda and he talked about the old man, but Ford never turned on Stewart, saving all the grief for John Wayne - who else? I think Stewart's last great movie is The Flight of the Phoe...
by Scott_Eyman
December 17th, 2017, 4:48 pm
Forum: Scott Eyman to Discuss HANK & JIM on 12/16 & 12/17
Topic: SCOTT EYMAN Q & A on "HANK & JIM" ON 12/16 & 12/17
Replies: 31
Views: 6196

Re: SCOTT EYMAN Q & A on "HANK & JIM" ON 12/16 & 12/17

He loved the film and loved working with Hitchcock. Precise, pointillist directors were what he liked. Of course, nobody saw the film because it's dour and jagged and out of Hitchcock's niche. I think I call it "the worst possible nightmare of two control freaks." Manny is imprisoned by ac...
by Scott_Eyman
December 17th, 2017, 3:52 pm
Forum: Scott Eyman to Discuss HANK & JIM on 12/16 & 12/17
Topic: SCOTT EYMAN Q & A on "HANK & JIM" ON 12/16 & 12/17
Replies: 31
Views: 6196

Re: SCOTT EYMAN Q & A on "HANK & JIM" ON 12/16 & 12/17

Fonda loved making Once Upon a Time in the West, although he was disappointed in its commercial failure in America. He went back to Italy a year or two later to make My Name is Nobody, which was also directed by Sergio Leone, although signed by someone else. He very much enjoyed playing a b******, w...
by Scott_Eyman
December 17th, 2017, 3:47 pm
Forum: Scott Eyman to Discuss HANK & JIM on 12/16 & 12/17
Topic: SCOTT EYMAN Q & A on "HANK & JIM" ON 12/16 & 12/17
Replies: 31
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Re: SCOTT EYMAN Q & A on "HANK & JIM" ON 12/16 & 12/17

Stewart was somewhat protective of his image, but not obsessive about it. He might have had a problem with elements of Vertigo, for instance, but he trusted Hitchcock implicitly. Besides, they were partners in the films they made together, which were, Vertigo excepted, very profitable. He turned dow...
by Scott_Eyman
December 17th, 2017, 11:59 am
Forum: Scott Eyman to Discuss HANK & JIM on 12/16 & 12/17
Topic: SCOTT EYMAN Q & A on "HANK & JIM" ON 12/16 & 12/17
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Re: SCOTT EYMAN Q & A on "HANK & JIM" ON 12/16 & 12/17

I wouldn't be at all surprised. Fonda's letters during WWII are angry about the insanity, angry about the senseless loss of life. He realized the war was necessary, but he seemed to be prematurely channeling Yossarian, Joseph Heller's great character. Stewart was less conflicted. He felt that his sk...
by Scott_Eyman
December 16th, 2017, 9:44 pm
Forum: Scott Eyman to Discuss HANK & JIM on 12/16 & 12/17
Topic: SCOTT EYMAN Q & A on "HANK & JIM" ON 12/16 & 12/17
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Re: SCOTT EYMAN TO DISCUSS "HANK & JIM" ON 12/16 & 12/17

Oh, I don't think it was rebelliousness so much as a mulish stubbornness. Jim Stewart simply couldn't be talked into doing anything he didn't want to do. His daughter Kelly told me he was the most stubborn man she's ever met in her entire life
by Scott_Eyman
December 16th, 2017, 9:40 pm
Forum: Scott Eyman to Discuss HANK & JIM on 12/16 & 12/17
Topic: SCOTT EYMAN Q & A on "HANK & JIM" ON 12/16 & 12/17
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Views: 6196

Re: SCOTT EYMAN TO DISCUSS "HANK & JIM" ON 12/16 & 12/17

I believe that Peter and I had talked once on the phone a month or so before the TCM event. And we sat and had some drinks for an hour or so before we went on stage. Peter gave me a lengthy, good-natured lecture about how I was poisoning myself by drinking Coca-Cola. I promptly opened another can. W...
by Scott_Eyman
December 16th, 2017, 9:32 pm
Forum: Scott Eyman to Discuss HANK & JIM on 12/16 & 12/17
Topic: SCOTT EYMAN Q & A on "HANK & JIM" ON 12/16 & 12/17
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Re: SCOTT EYMAN TO DISCUSS "HANK & JIM" ON 12/16 & 12/17

You have to remember that Fonda's mother was a Christian Scientist; there's a family legend that indicates it might have been a contributing factor in her early death. Fonda ended up an atheist, although his widow told me it was hell to get him to go to the doctor, but that could have been the typic...
by Scott_Eyman
December 16th, 2017, 6:10 pm
Forum: Scott Eyman to Discuss HANK & JIM on 12/16 & 12/17
Topic: SCOTT EYMAN Q & A on "HANK & JIM" ON 12/16 & 12/17
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Re: SCOTT EYMAN TO DISCUSS "HANK & JIM" ON 12/16 & 12/17

Stewart's dad was a demanding guy, the biggest presence in the small town. He was quietly appalled at his son's career choice and subtly or not so subtly demeaning about his son's movie career. Stewart never felt he lived up to his father's expectations except in his service in the war. Then he knew...
by Scott_Eyman
December 16th, 2017, 6:04 pm
Forum: Scott Eyman to Discuss HANK & JIM on 12/16 & 12/17
Topic: SCOTT EYMAN Q & A on "HANK & JIM" ON 12/16 & 12/17
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Re: SCOTT EYMAN TO DISCUSS "HANK & JIM" ON 12/16 & 12/17

Not that much. They knew each other, but Fonda's kids were 13 or 14 years older than Stewart's kids, which is an eternity. Fonda's kids might as well have been adults as far as Stewart's kids were concerned. Also, Fonda's rotation of wives mitigated against a lot of family time until late in their l...
by Scott_Eyman
December 16th, 2017, 4:46 pm
Forum: Scott Eyman to Discuss HANK & JIM on 12/16 & 12/17
Topic: SCOTT EYMAN Q & A on "HANK & JIM" ON 12/16 & 12/17
Replies: 31
Views: 6196

Re: SCOTT EYMAN to Discuss "HANK & JIM" ON 12/16 & 12/17

The war was the making of Stewart as an actor. With the exceptions of The Shop Around the Corner and maybe Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Stewart's deepest work comes after the war. It gave him the anxiety and fear he accessed in It's a Wonderful Life, the Anthony Mann westerns, Vertigo. He couldn't ...
by Scott_Eyman
December 16th, 2017, 4:32 pm
Forum: Scott Eyman to Discuss HANK & JIM on 12/16 & 12/17
Topic: SCOTT EYMAN Q & A on "HANK & JIM" ON 12/16 & 12/17
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Re: SCOTT EYMAN TO DISCUSS "HANK & JIM" ON 12/16 & 12/17

Their hobbies were essentially boys hobbies. Model planes, kites, practical jokes. I think each of them served as a pressure release for the other on the emotional level. Professionally, they both had a great deal of integrity. There simply aren't a lot of paycheck movies in either of their filmogra...
by Scott_Eyman
December 16th, 2017, 4:20 pm
Forum: Scott Eyman to Discuss HANK & JIM on 12/16 & 12/17
Topic: SCOTT EYMAN Q & A on "HANK & JIM" ON 12/16 & 12/17
Replies: 31
Views: 6196

Re: SCOTT EYMAN TO DISCUSS "HANK & JIM" ON 12/16 & 12/17

Hi there.Sorry for the delay. I realized when I started thinking about the book that I’d never written a book like this before. More importantly, I’d never read it either. Books about intimate friendships between famous people are usually about politicians. Roosevelt and Churchill and so forth. This...

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