As I mentioned over at the 'General' forum, I learned some interesting "trivia" last night when watching The Gun Runners with my mother. Bill Collins has an encyclopedic knowledge of his movies, and always has some interesting facts, observations, and occasionally rumours, to share.
When he introduced The Gun Runners he said the following:
1. That although Audie had a reputation for being very shy around women, he looked very confident in this role! I agree, totally - that is why I love this movie so much. Ooh, la, la ... nice body and moves, Mr A L Murphy!
2. Audie wanted this role so as to shake off being typecast - I'm so glad that he did!
The introduction to The Quiet American was also on the end of this tape, and Bill Collins said:
1. Sir Lawrence Olivier apparently pulled out of the role that went to Michael Redgrave, when Audie took on the role. I always respected Sir L O prior to this, but now I am shattered.
Apparently, Montgomery Clift had to decline Audie's role, due to that near-fatal car accident he had in 1956. Clift was an exceptionally talented actor, for sure, but Audie could bring his own magic to a film (as we all know).
2. Michael Redgrave was reported to have been stunned at the way Audie could refrain from blinking. I believe it was implied that Redgrave was somewhat unnerved ... my mother used to relay this story to me, but I never knew from where it originated.
3. And, I think it was the director who was worried that Audie fans would be very angry about his being killed in the opening scene of the movie! I don't like watching movies where Audie gets killed myself ... perhaps it's just a female thing.
For the record, I have not seen The Quiet American.
The above are the main points of interest, related to Audie.