Robert Evans' Appalling Wisdoms Through The Years

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Evans (right) with Francis Ford Coppola, back in the day
Robert Evans is the actor who became Paramount's head of production in the 1970s and who spouted lots of colorful wisdoms at the time--some on-target, some not--according to Peter Bart's book about his own years spent at the studio.

Here are some of the highlights that emerged from Evans' very mouthy mouth.


*About the film adaptation of Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer:

"Ellen Burstyn picks lice out of her pussy, but other than that, the movie is a goddamned bore."


*About Last Tango In Paris:

"Brando fucks her on the floor. He fucks her in the ass. The movie is amazing."


*When told by Bart about the Harold and Maude script:

"I suppose there's a hot sex scene between them. It's Deep Throat in a retirement home."


*Oh, and let me throw in a juicy quote from Charles Bluhdorn, the head of the Gulf & Western conglomerate, and Evans' boss. Asked to produce the movie of Funny Girl with Barbra Streisand in the lead role, Bluhdorn inelegantly said:

"They don't like her in London or Johannesburg or Hong Kong or Rio. Maybe with Shirley MacLaine they would like Funny Girl, but not with the Jewess."

Oy. Even movie mogul knowhow has rarely been that moronic.

Instead, Bluhdorn ended up greenlighting Paint Your Wagon, a lumbering musical with Clint Eastwood, Lee Marvin, and Jean Seberg.

Whoopsy! Should have stuck with the Jewess!

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Jonster
Jonster

Wow!  Bludhorn was a Blowhard wasn't he?  A "Jewess?"  I liked Paint Your Wagon because I had a crush (in real life) on the actor who played the son of the Mormons they found in the snowstorm. 

And Evans.  So cultured and articulate.  He really plumbs the shallows of his imagination in those quotes.  How did Ali stay with him all those years.  Oh, money, I forgot.

Starla
Starla

Evans also had a famous remark about how the movie "The Brotherhood" was a bunch of Jews trying to do a drama about the mafia, "but with the Godfather, we have wops. Does that give us a better chance?"

VonD
VonD

But wasn't Bluhdohrn himself a Jew born in Austria in 1926?  

Miss Thing, talk about SELF HATE, and the self-loathing ones (gay, Jewish, black, Latino, you name it) are always the worst!

Southern Dave
Southern Dave

Reducing their audience to connoisseurs of genitalia and anti-Semitism. THESE are the people -- and their successors, who are just like them -- who determine what we get to see.

"Yeah, she's a good actress, but would ya fuck her?"

exackerly
exackerly

Evans' memoir is fabuloso for connoisseurs of authentic Hollywood cheesiness. Best quote was something like, "When you're entertaining your lady, always serve her caviar with new potatoes and creme fraiche."

anonTWO
anonTWO

pretty sure Evans is also a "jewess"!  self hatred.

Marquesa
Marquesa

Evans isn't the one who said that. Read the blog.

anonTWO
anonTWO

I thought bludhorn was paraphrasing something Evans said about Streisand.

From the "blog":

"They don't like her in London or Johannesburg or Hong Kong or Rio. Maybe with Shirley MacLaine they would like Funny Girl, but not with the Jewess."

Who is "they"?Bludhorn or the Paramount execs including Evans?

Rachelle
Rachelle

"They" means "people" around the world. He miscalculated in a huge way, obviously. 

Movielover
Movielover

Seems like a lot of people didn't like Babs until they loved her.

Savannah Montgomery
Savannah Montgomery

Robert Evans' "butler" used to hang out at Boots and Saddle back in the day...sadly, no dish on his boss.

Ick
Ick

Robert Evans was the original tanning lady.

Echidna
Echidna

I like Evan's quotes. He exudes a certain smarminess but it's wrapped in savviness and smarts.

Savannah Montgomery
Savannah Montgomery

 "I am Savannah Montgomery and I did not wrap myself around Robert Evans!"- paid for by "Motherhood, America and a hot lunch for oprhans, Super PAC

Marva
Marva

"The Jewess"??? I can't believe these people.

Savannah Montgomery
Savannah Montgomery

 Believe it or not, that was a "polite" term eons ago...like "Negress".

Movielover
Movielover

But I negress.

Movielover
Movielover

Shirley, my dear, you can't have meant to reply to me.  That comment makes no sense.

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