I like the Akim interview which includes this:
Among his more recent films, "Topkapi" and "Oceans Eleven" are among the most successful. But the one he thinks will be the best is an epic he has been working on for four years with Orson Welles.
"Son-of-a-gun, four years at work on `Don Quixote' with Welles. He gets a little money, we shoot some more. He runs out, he stops and does something else. Now he's got money and we're going to finish it this fall. What a movie! What a man he is! "
Akim plays Sancho Panza to Welles' Quixote in the movie, and is confident the picture will either be the greatest film ever made or a complete zero.
"Ah, what a talent that man has. An unlimited imagination. With Welles I'm a better actor than I actually am; I become hypnotized by his admiration.
With him I always jump higher. Sancho is my greatest part ever.
"And you know one of the reasons Welles is so great? He's also one of the greatest photographers alive. He opens actors up, just like De Sica does. He concentrates on images; he doesn't talk too much, which is no good in films.
"I just hope he finishes it this fall before something goes wrong."
Sto Pro Veritate