Bogdanovich, who recently contributed an audio commentary track to the DVD release of Citizen Kane, disputes the idea that Welles spent his latter years stewing in bitterness over the way Hollywood had rejected him after his Kane glory days. Welles' feelings about the film business and his own legend were more complicated than that, Bogdanovich says. "It would come out in funny ways. Orson really wasn’t bitter, it wasn’t his thing. And he didn’t play the martyr." On the other hand, when it was announced that Welles was to receive a special Oscar at the 1970 Academy Awards and Bogdanovich asked him if he would attend the ceremony, the older director replied that he would not, despite being virtually right around the block in Beverly Hills at the time. "They’re not gonna get me that way," Welles said.
"And he didn't go," Bogdanovich recalls. "He called Huston and asked Huston to accept it for him. And I was sitting with Orson at the Beverly Hills Hotel, in the fucking bungalow, watching the Oscars. And Huston goes up, you know, half a mile away from us or whatever it was, and says, 'I'm accepting this. Orson's in Spain working and couldn't make it. And this is for you, Orson.' And Orson says, 'Thanks, John! Bring it over!'"
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