Scandals of Classic Hollywood: Warren Beatty Thinks This Song Is About Him - The Hairpin
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As douchey as the preceding 2, words have made Beatty sound, this film — and the courage it took to convincingly portray an impotent man — defined his career. No longer was he Beatty, the man no one wanted to watch: And the story gets even better: And enough for Beatty to make whatever movie he wanted, with whomever he wanted. But while Gibson chose to use his star capital to entertain the Christian fundamental base, Beatty bided his time.
According to lore, he sees Julie Christie, still hot after Doctor Zhivago, meeting the Queen, and falls for her. But Christie was having none of it: She was engaged to a British artist, and thought Beatty the equivalent of a state school frat boy. But he managed to get her to come to dinner, and surprised her with his intelligence.
He stays in the background, biding his time until she outgrows her hipster boyfriend and moves back to L. They move in together; have a lot of sex; go full counter-culture. Did I mention that he broke up with Caron?
And slept with several dozen women between her and Christie? Sorry, I was getting bored with listing hook-ups. Never identifying himself on the phone, speaking in a soft, insinuating voice rarely raised about a whisper, flattering in its assumption of intimacy, enormously appealing in its hesitancy and stumbling awkwardness, he asked them where they were, with whom, where they were going next, and would they be sure to call him when they got there.
The kind who manages to be witty and addictive, who replies just often enough, who can be funny and beguiling and hot and smart all at once? Between GPS tracking, Beatty looked for his next project. He could be very, very picky. That should tell you what you need to know.
Beatty, having dallied with Simon at some point in the past, thinks the song is about him. He calls Simon to thank her. He returns to the bumbling, wide-eyed quasi-naif, and watching Julie Christie out-man him at life is just so amazingly pleasing. I forgive him everything. And that last scene! That last, heartbreaking scene! Screw you, Leonard Cohen soundtrack! Beatty apparently hated Altman, as someone with the sort of obsessive, questioning personality like Beatty probably would if paired with the nonchalance of a director like Altman.
Cue break-up with Christie. Beatty was one of those guys who stays friends with all of his exes. Beatty was, as usual, in full micro-management mode, pissing everyone off and making the director, Hal Ashby, adhere to his vision of the film.
Anecdotal evidence has Ashby high and off in a corner while Beatty actually directs the film. Once it wrapped, everyone in Hollywood thought it was going to bomb.
They were, in part, the ones being satirized. But the critics loved it. So did everyone else. Here was a man playing a manwhore: Beatty satirizing Beatty, or at least the image of Beatty. Plus the minidresses, the beautiful minidresses! And the hairstyling, it really is pretty great.
And so things went for the next 20 or so years: He successfully wooed the Academy with Reds, which I find somewhat tedious and not nearly as revelatory as Bonnie and Clyde, and bombed out big with Ishtar. In many ways, Beatty and Madonna were a perfect match: They were, and remain, survivors. Or at least undersexed, if that is even possible.
And then there was Bugsy, Annette Bening, an actual marriage, a rather pulseless remake of Love Affair, and four children.
It should be clear that Beatty could be an asshole.
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Or, perhaps more precisely, a real pain in the ass. Barbara Walters once named him the most difficult man in the world to interview. He could be withholding and cagey, exacting and relentless. Beatty was certainly a womanizer, and probably most likely a sex addict. So were lots of stars of Classic Hollywood. The difference was that sex became part of his image in a way that it never could for his antecedents.
In his films, and in interviews, you sense both: In subtle, unspoken ways, his image spoke truth to the lie of the American sexual revolution: He becomes an object of fascination and repulsion: And, as has occurred with so many female stars, the focus is not on his work — which really is staggering — but what his body can and has done.
A couple of friends told me I wasn't and told me to get my act together, and it made a huge impact on me. She had done the original Ocean's She was a rat-pack mascot, friends with all of them though girlfriend to none. She had started on Broadway as a hoofer. She was known to be the girl with great legs but a funny face. If you look back at those films now, she was striking: It's odd that she says she didn't have her act together when she was doing so well.
To get my act together, I realised I had to look more within myself - and I did. How am I supposed to remember what pictures I was doing then?
I can't remember much of anything, quite frankly, which I'm very happy about in many ways because it means I can live totally in the now. She doesn't remember much about Terms of Endearment, for which she won an Oscar in I have to be more in the now in order to know what I'm doing.
What's the most interesting thing that's changed about her? She pauses to consider the accuracy of her answer. Not to be successful, but to be creative - and also I was very involved in relationships, particularly men.
I had all of these fabulous relationships. I learnt a great deal through them, and now I want more of a relationship with nature and with ruminating and remembering and dreaming, and so forth. I don't like to socialise much. It's a big deal for me to come into town because I live on a ranch in New Mexico.
She doesn't like the toxicity of the traffic in Beverly Hills. There's some really creative people living and working here I adore. Particularly if they're eccentric. I used to be disturbed by eccentrics; now I welcome them. The guys would call me up and say we want two or three Shirleys tonight and I would help them. What I found really humiliating were jokes about me that people didn't laugh at. Robin Williams once did a whole Oscar show ripping off my channelling. Oh, he was hysterical.
What does she mean exactly when she says she used to be really involved in relationships, pursuing men? She had many affairs and an odd year marriage to film producer-turned-businessman Steve Parker - they weren't really together for a lot of it. There was an intense three-year affair with Robert Mitchum. There was Danny Kaye and Yves Montand, and she always had a fascination for politicians, including Andrew Peacock, who at the time was Australia's foreign minister.
Her search for the definition of love was quite thorough.
Did she never enjoy monogamy? Although I am a serial monogamist. There are three sets of people where sex is concerned.
Scandals of Classic Hollywood: Warren Beatty Thinks This Song Is About Him
The promiscuous, which I was not; the total monogamist, which I was not; and the serial monogamist, who has very deep but intense relationships while you are in them. I guess I learned what I needed to learn from them and then I usually fixed it so they would move on, not me.
I didn't like the guilt of moving away from them. I'm a middle-class girl from Virginia. I don't handle guilt well. But I'm over the hill now,' she says, not particularly sadly.
Is it true she never had her heart broken? She whispers, 'Yes, that's true. My heart would be broken, shattered, if something happened to my dog though. I take her everywhere, and you know, we've had a talk. She's going to live till about and then she'll come back again and it'll be up to me to find her. She says they are both very independent spirits, loyal but individual.
She credits Terry as co-writer of her book Out on a Leash: Exploring the Nature of Reality and Love. And Terry is 'almost androgynous, that's why she has an androgynous name'. She could talk about her dog all day. She swallowed a diamond ring once.
It hasn't come out yet. She's commandeered for her a special coat which says she is a therapy dog, which allows her in forbidden places like aeroplanes.
He might come back as a person.Shirley MacLaine jokes about her brother Warren Beatty - Oscar 1979
People come back as people, dogs come back as dogs. Was it a lap dog, your dog? Did he do lapping? I tell her the story of my poodle and how he died, how I told him he didn't have to hang on for me and we would always know each other, how he arched his neck up, took his last breath and died in my arms.
She wipes her tears away. Any slivers of brusqueness are gone. It's still a conundrum, though, why she should write books about love and say she doesn't know heartbreak.
But maybe she has forgotten it. It's set during the Second World War, with MacLaine's character the love interest of three men, until one of them dies when his bomber crashes into Belfast's Cave Hill.
The mechanics of the triangle are told both in the present and in the past, and MacLaine gives us a woman who is distanced by life, hardened until a breakthrough moment when she allows herself to feel.
I doubt it was hard for her to access that dislocation. She says the pain of the separation from her dog helped her to support Attenborough, who was grieving for the daughter and granddaughter he lost in the Asian tsunami of Through her dog she can access hurt.
She tried to teach me then; I didn't learn very well. She's come back and I'm learning better. They met in when they played husband and wife in The Bliss of Mrs Blossom. It meant such a lot to him. It's really his story. Perhaps it was his release. Many of the key players in MacLaine's world have been around in previous lives.
I did learn from my parents, though - that was fairly complete. I ended up at a Spanish military installation. Man, I didn't know where I was. My parents came back to guide me to the trail. The first time they had been together since they were both alive. I was in real danger. Her father had several out-of-body experiences and saw his best friend appear at the edge of his bed at the moment he died in the Second World War.
Her mother 'was extremely contained. She was, after all, Canadian. And as a result of being contained they can erupt. People who met my parents said they reminded them of eccentric vaudevillians. Over the years she has had times when she didn't talk to her brother, Warren Beatty. We are fine now. I think we've been through a couple of lifetimes together. He's going through his left-brain intellectual lifetime now. He's on a very different path to me.
But his kids are very interested in what I'm saying. It's also been written that they differed over his taste in girlfriends, particularly Madonna. I like to remind him as often as possible that I am the senior here, so you'd better listen to me. She seems naughty, teenage. I have a kid's nature. I am very interested in doing this movie with Olympia Dukakis, playing these two old women who feel marginalised by their invisibility.
Although I like to be invisible. Because I've been noticed so much in my life, I really go the other way. This paparazzi stuff would drive me nuts. I would have driven over 20 paparazzi by now. I don't eat a lot of it, but I have to have it every day. We share a giant Twix and then a Snickers. Does she worry about ageing? Is she worried about a loss of beauty, about dying?
So I'm looking forward to that. I'm not looking forward to death but I'm not afraid of it. I don't want it to be painful, so I have to be careful not to be afraid of it, because you draw it to you. That was the given. I didn't see myself that way. Just in the last week I'm falling in love with my wrinkles because I was wondering: I'm loving the idea that I'm 73 and almost looking like it.