Kathleen Turner’s autobiography “Send Yourself Roses” sounds like a must-read. Kathy is dishing on a few of her former co-stars and why they were such crazy dickheads. This bitch needs to take her act on a comedy tour.
on Nicolas Cage:
“Nic was absolutely determined to prove that he wasn’t there as the result of nepotism. So, everything Francis wanted him to do, he went against – to show that he wasn’t under his uncle’s wing. Which was ridiculous. Oh, that stupid voice of his and the fake teeth! Honestly, I cringe to think about it. He caused so many problems. He was arrested twice for drunk-driving and, I think, once for stealing a dog. He’d come across a chihuahua he liked and stuck it in his jacket.”
on Raquel Welch auditioning to replace her in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof on Broadway:
“One afternoon, my male co-star came into my dressing room and said: ‘You gotta come. You gotta see this, Kathleen.’ We crept in through the back door of the theatre and watched as Raquel Welch did an audition. ‘Well, I just don’t think that Kathleen has ever been feline enough,’ we heard her say. She was going around the stage with her hands like claws, hissing and making cat gestures. Oddly enough, the producers decided not to use her.”
on Burt Reynolds:
“One day, we started shooting a scene that Michael Caine and I had rehearsed, where we finish each other’s sentences like old married couples do. Making that dialogue work needed real skill. It had to be fast; it had to be sharp. But Burt just couldn’t do it. The director finally said: ‘Look, why don’t we just shoot line by line?’ And, idiot that I am, I shot back: ‘Because it’s called a scene, that’s why.’
From that day on, Burt and I were sworn enemies. He later accused me of trying to get him sacked every day and publicly declared that the sound of my name made him want to vomit
I won’t be rushing to work with him again, either”
I especially love the Nic Cage tidbit. Every day I see a little dog on the street that I just want to grab and take home with me. I want to play dress up for a few hours and then release it back into the wild. Nic probably still does that. It would explain where his hideous hairpieces come from.