“I have played in nine films,’ said Ernest Thesiger, ‘and I am very cross about it…”
‘There’s no organization in British films,’ Mr. Thesiger continued brusquely as though he had just discovered this alarming fact. ‘Every minute of my life is organized, so I begrudge the idle hours of sitting around the set.’
Now, I remember reading, in his book of memoirs, that Mr. Thesiger has a habit of electrifying his fellow travelers by taking out his crochet work in railway carriages; so, I could not refrain from saying, in a small voice, ‘Why didn’t you take your crochet work with you?’
‘But I always worked on the set,’ he declared without a blush.
‘What did they say?’ I demanded excitedly.
‘Unprintable,’ he sighed.
‘Please, please tell me,’ I begged.
‘————–,’ he answered.
‘Unprintable,’ I agreed.
Excerpt from: Oswell Blakeston, Close Up, July-December, 1930
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