Well, George Sanders could be difficult…

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George was not difficult  with his fellow actors.  Although George always knew his lines and his timing was perfect, he never lost patience with those actors who forgot or misspoke their lines or whose timing was off. He was always very generous with his fellow actors, never trying to upstage them.

On the other hand,  George could be difficult for his employers.  He made no efforts to please them.  Early in his stint at Twentieth-Century Fox he asked that his dressing room be redecorated. One of the Fox executives visited George in his dressing room and said they would be glad to do so if he would stop making  vulgar comments about the management.  George thought  for a minute and then replied “No, it isn’t worth it.”     This little anecdote can be found in Tony Thomas’ introduction to the re-release of  Memoirs of a Professional Cad (Filmakers series no. 32, 1992)

And then there was the time when, resentful about being cast in a trivial role in the 1939 movie “Mr Moto’s Last Warning” after his successes in “Lloyd’s of London” (1936) and “Lancer Spy”(1937), George arrived drunk to film one of his scenes. Ah, well…

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