Dino: “Okay, you don’t have to tell me any more.”

From Dino: Living High in the Dirty Business of Dreams, by Nick Tosches (this is on the filming of Rio Bravo – I just LOVE Hawks’ words here … I just get it:

“I hired him,” Hawks remembered, “because an agent wanted me to meet him. And I said, ‘Well, get him around here at nine o’clock tomorrow morning.’ The agent said, ‘He can’t be here at nine.’ So he came in about ten-thirty, and I said, ‘Why the hell couldn’t you be here at nine o’clock?’ He said, ‘I was working in Las Vegas, and I had to hire an airplane and fly down here.’ And that made me think, ‘Well, my Lord, this guy really wants to work.’ So I said, ‘You’d better go over and get some wardrobe.’ He said, ‘Am I hired?’ And I said, ‘Yeah. Anybody who’ll do that ought to get a chance to do it.’ He came back from wardrobe looking like a musical-comedy cowboy. I said, ‘Dean, look, you know a little about drinking. You’ve seen a lot of drunks. I want a drunk. I want a guy in an old dirty sweatshirt and an old hat.’ And he said, ‘Okay, you don’t have to tell me any more.’ He went over, and he came back with the outfit that he wore in the picture. He must have been successful because Jack Warner said to me, ‘We hired Dean Martin. When’s he going to be in this picture?’ I said, ‘He’s the funny-looking guy in the old hat.’ ‘Holy smoke, is that Dean Martin?’

“Dean did a great job. It was fun working with him. All you had to do was tell him something. The scene where he had a hangover, which he did in most of the scenes, there was one where he was suffering, and I said, ‘Look, that’s too damn polite. I knew a guy with a hangover who’d pound his leg trying to hurt himself and get some feeling in it.’ ‘Okay, I know that kind of guy,’ he said. ‘I can do it.’ And he went on and did the scene with no rehearsal or anything.”

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1 Response to Dino: “Okay, you don’t have to tell me any more.”

  1. tracey says:

    Okay. That is awesome. I’ve never actually seen this movie, but now I MUST.

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