I was told never to say bad things about myself, because...you know...I'm always quoted as the one-eye-browed actor
...ehh... which is not true; I've got two
. (interviewer laughs) And you know, because, I...It was I
who said that.
And so my agent says "Stop saying these things about yourself! You've got to start saying...[good things about yourself.]" Uhm, well I tried
saying I was good, and unfortunately I wasn't very good at saying I was good. So I thought it was much better to go take the piss (interview mumblingly interrupts "You're much too humble..") ...take the piss out of yourself is much better.
David Niven...ahh..was a great chum, as you know from the book. We were...he was in France; I was in Hollywood. I was doing a film called...ummm...Sherlock Holmes in New York.
Packelhem(?) came in one day with a copy of the Daily Mail, and an article by Linda Lee Potter, in which she's reporting on, apparently...something.... Olivier and Brando not signing autographs or not having to pose for pictures, and Binkie Beaumont
- Hugh Beaumont - who was the head of H.M. Tennent
said, you know, that "These are artists who give their all in the theatre. Why should they do anything offstage?"
And Linda Lee Potter wrote "The only two actors who make the profession at all bearable, because of their self-deprecating humour, are David Niven and Roger Moore."
So, I said "Christ! I'm going to send this to Niven!"
Uhh. And the same day, in the post, when I got home from the studio, there was the clipping from Niven; he'd sent it to me, and across the top he wrote 'It pays to be a cunt.' So there you are."