It still stings when I read how Welles was treated.
And I do agree with the fact that Welles was difficult to get along with at times, so it could have scared away the fishes. He was stubborn and hard-headed. Also, who wouldn't be a bit intimidated by a large man with a quick wit and booming voice? Or the fact that they think the only great movie he's ever made was Kane, and so he just had
to be out of great ideas. They probably thought he never had it in him to top it. (not that this was really true of course!) So, they were worried about wasting their cash. It had became the staple that critical acclaim came from box-office revenues. Which is a warped kind of logic.
But, I also see from Welles point of view. He had been scorned many times. I can see why he'd be skeptical. Once he made a film, he didn't want to turn his back on it in the event there would be a shadow lurking in dark corners waiting with a pair of scissors. You can not blame the man.
But what I find apalling is that Orson bared his soul to potential finanaciers. He was begging for money like a bum on the street. He wanted to make films, the urge was there. He was desperate. I feel guilty when I borrow 10 bucks from a friend, yet Welles was trying to finance a film that needed a vast amount of cash, which he was trying to borrow from people he rarely knew. Imagine how hard it would have been for Welles to ask for help? A proud man like Welles setting up dinner dates to try and reel in a bit of cash to continue filming TOSOTW, or other projects. I see it as desperation on Welles part, and yet out of the pool of filthy rich hollywood big-shots, the cash rarely or never flowed. They were tighter than the bolts on a submarine. I am sure they had seen Welles' desperation. And to leave him with false promises or the tab for the meal was cruel.
I really can not blame Welles at all for being suspicious or jaded.
(sorry for the Welles-Worship headspin!)
"I know a little about Orson's childhood and seriously doubt if he ever was a child."--Joseph Cotten