Lee Marvin: A Personal Portrait, By John Boorman

Lee Marvin

Lee Marvin was a star in his own firmament, a mass of contradictions and sensitivities, hidden beneath a rousing, ribald, flinty carapace. A wounded veteran of the bloody Pacific campaign in WW.II, a boozer and brawler, a poet and prince. It’s fair to say there has never been another actor quite like him.

One man who got to know him to some degree was long time friend, John Boorman. Boorman and Marvin met in London while Marvin was filming The Dirty Dozen (“a dummy money-maker,” he disparaged to critic Roger Ebert, in this interview) and directed him in two films, Boorman’s outstanding Hollywood debut, Point Blank, and cathartic WW II drama, Hell In The Pacific, with Toshiro Mifune.

The man had demons – any wonder he partied hard. Boorman recalls  a drunken Marvin hailing a Hollywood cab to take him home after a night on the tiles: “Take me home; hills above Sunset Plaza … Uh, somewhere.”  He located his house by purchasing a map guide to the stars houses from a kid on the sidewalk. Getting dropped to the front door, the occupier told him he’d sold him the house four years previously.

Watch and remember the great, one and only Lee Marvin, in a personal portrait by John Boorman.

 

Originally posted 2015-02-24 20:07:42. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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