Laurence Olivier was "stupid", Spencer Tracy "hateful" and Charlie Chaplin "arrogant", and he could not even bear to look at Bette Davis.
James Stewart was a "bad actor", Joan Fontaine had "two expressions, and that's it", and Norma Shearer was "one of the most minimally talented ladies to appear on the silver screen".
He had mixed views of Alfred Hitchcock: "I've never understood the cult of Hitchcock. Particularly the late American movies … Egotism and laziness. And they're all lit like television shows … I saw one of the worst movies I've ever seen the other night [Rear Window] …
"and Norma Shearer was "one of the most minimally talented ladies to appear on the silver screen".'
Just as a stopped clock is right twice a day, Welles's vitriol had to have some relation to the truth at least once.
Isn't there a thread on this already?
And that was before he got deep into the Paul Masson.
Here's another DL thread where he said a bunch of catty stuff.
I read the excerpts from Henry Jaglom's book, of conversations with Welles, in NEW YORK magazine. Was Orson gay? He certainly sounded like he was. He was really bitchy when Richard Burton came over to say Hello and asked if he and Elizabeth could join him.
I was particularly laughing at the parts where Welles was going on about some head of a studio "wanting him". Orson Welles, even when young and thin, was not exactly a very handsome man.
He came across as a bitter beaten old man, whose day in the limelight was long over and he simply couldn't accept it.
William Randolph Hearst won. That is why Orson was so troubled.
OP: What fattie said was the he was surprised that Stewart was bad in Rear Window, not that he was a bad actor.
I love when he says about Richard Burton, "Now he just works for money, does the worst shit". Had he looked at his own resume of the past couple of decades? Did he do all those commercials because they were such artistically worthy projects?
Orson knew of a remote farm in Lincolnshire.....where every July, peas grew.
Orson's appearance in the Pia Zadora epic "Butterfly" showed his eternal commitment to true ART!
I never understood John Candy's rambling Orson Welles impression. It was well before the Internet, so I'd never heard the orson Welles frozen peas rant that Candy's impression was based upon.
His appearances in those Paul Masson commercials were high art...not! The guy was smooching off of Peter Bogdanovich and shilling for shitty alcoholic beverages. Maybe Burton was a whore BUT he was a high class one. Welles was a leech who instead of being a high paid whore was reduced to jerking off johns in the street for pocket change!