1966: Beatty big on ‘Bonnie’

From the Army Archerd Archive

Aug. 31, 1966

GOOD MORNING: “I don’t want to be a producer, it just happened this way,” claims Warren Beatty, producing and starring in “Bonnie And Clyde.” “I’m an actor,” he says, also admitting, “and I really didn’t want to be an actor for two years after I made it too young and with too much money.”… So howcum the 28-year-old thesp is producing? “Because studios aren’t developing enough properties on their own these days. Someone has to.” … Why “Bonnie & Clyde” as his initial effort? “I thought it would make a good picture. I’ll be ecstatic if I can produce the film as well as other picture producers. And I don’t know if I’ll produce any others.” (He hopes to bring it in under two million-$) … Four studios wanted Beatty and co. Howcum he inked at WB? “I feel better with people who know you, whether they think I’m crazy or not. Sure they know I’ve had checkered experiences here, but they know I’m not irresponsible.” (WB also knows “Kaleidoscope” is a dandy). “I admire the gambles Jack Warner’s taken. Men like Warner don’t have to go on records and statistics that stifle the creative spirit. There are more statistics against everything creative than for ’em.” Another property owned by Beatty for future filming is “Hair,” and Bob Townes is now scripting the Hollywood yarn … Beatty, unlike many actors, sez he does not want to direct. Following “Bonnie & Clyde” he plans a trek beyond the Iron Curtain — purely vacation, he says. (2006 update: Beatty has been making appearances with the 25th anni DVD release of “Reds,” which he did direct. And in 2007 Warner Home Video will release a 40th anniversary DVD edition of “Bonnie & Clyde.”)

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