Thursday, May 31, 2012

William Holden (1918-1981)

Unforced masculinity from a bygone era.

“Im a whore. All actors are whores. We sell our bodies to the highest bidder.

Selling out to Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard (1950).

“For me, acting is not an all-consuming thing, except for the moment when Im actually doing it. There is a point beyond acting, a point where living becomes important. When youre making a movie, you get up in the morning and you put on a cloak; you create emotions within yourself, send gastric juices rushing up against the lining of your stomach. It has to be manufactured.

Acting out a midlife crisis in The Wild Bunch (1969).

“I found the jungle a beautiful and fascinating place to be. I like to come here because I want to stay away from the jungle as much as I can.

Low-key heroism in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957).

“I like to get into a situation that is real, where I can say, Heres a chance to react as a human being, not some wound-up doll or robot that goes round and round a track, or a cardboard cutout like the character I played in The Towering Inferno.

Faye Dunaways reality check in Network (1976).

 “Aging is an inevitable process. I surely wouldnt want to grow younger. The older you become, the more you know; your bank account of knowledge is much richer.”

Don Draper, eat your heart out.

“Movie acting may not have a certain kind of glory as true art, but it is damn hard work.”

My favorite Holden films: Sunset Boulevard (1950), Stalag 17 (1953), Executive Suite (1954), The Wild Bunch (1969), Network (1976)

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