Harvey Chartrand wrote:The 1959 Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival should have gone to Bradford Dillman alone... and not been been split three ways. Dillman was brilliant, but the performances of Dean Stockwell and Orson Welles were just average. On the And You Call Yourself a Scientist! Web site, Dillman’s Artie Straus is described as “all brag and bravado, contemptuous of everything but himself, with his bridge-and-country-club parents, and his vaguely unwholesome relationship with his mother — creepily reminiscent of Robert Walker’s in Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train (1951).” Richard Anderson (cast as Stockwell's brother in Compulsion) dismissed Welles in a TVO documentary about the film, saying he played Clarence Darrow "like Jesus Christ." I think Dillman is harshly judged for his subsequent TV-movie and B-movie career and perhaps for having stood up to Welles at his most spiteful on the set of Crack in the Mirror. As Dillman explains it in an interview for Shock Cinema:
"Orson was out to make my life miserable. Incredible, in retrospect, that a genius would have felt threatened by me. But he put me down so often -- one day, I blew my cool. He was denigrating the credibility of the scene where I murder him, scoffing to the director that no one would believe a puny man like me could bring a man his size to his knees. On take one, I used a Marine Corps move on him, bending his arm behind his neck. Orson screamed, fell to the floor, and never bothered me again. I’m not proud of the anecdote."
ToddBaesen wrote: ME AND ORSON WELLES cost between $15 & 20 million, but has just surpassed the $1 million mark in the US.
keats, apropos the BAFTA nom, wrote:...I don't think this is going to lead to an Academy Award nomination: but Mr. McKay should be glad about the British award (which, alas, will go to the person playing the Nazi which is ironic in itself)
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