One day Penny Miller asked me to take her home, she wanted a ride in the car. She got in the car after rehearsal, the top was down and I showed off. By the time I got home, there was a message on my answering machine. “You are no longer allowed to drive your car to or from set. A cast van will pick you up tomorrow morning.”
It was easy to like Matthew, he was polite, self-effacing, funny, intelligent and a gentleman. I learned a lot from being around him and watching him work. He did already have some habits of delivering lines that he had uttered many many times on Broadway. Some of the other actors were from the Broadway production, which seemed to ground us all and they already had their rhythms.
Matt Mulhern: 6' 3"
Before the first take I gave him a light punch in the arm, which probably seemed like having a flea bump into him, he is very tall and was all quite strong. Well, for the second take I did it again, a little harder this time. He never mentioned it. For the third take I punched him harder and suddenly he blew up. [I'm not saying he was wrong.] Now it felt dangerous, he was really pissed and started coming after me, he didn’t seem to care at all that we were about to shoot and I was in his cross hairs, then…Mike Nichols called “Action!” and in the midst of the explosive chaos we all got into the position of attention, just as the scene called for and Walken came in and saw a cast that was caught in secret conflict, just as the scene called for. It was Mike Nichols that not only saved it but also incorporated it all into the work.
and I drove over to Holiday Inn in Fort Smith and had our Passover meal.
Matthew and I were very very scared. Walden went to the edge, he took us with him, it was not comfortable but it was a ceremony sorts.
~ Corey Parker
Fort Chaffee 1940s
When we shot the ending, we were going off to war.
Later the voice over was changed to the war ending
and our going straight home.
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