Monday 29 May 2017

Paul Whitington: They don't make offers you can't refuse any more in tired Hollywood

James Caan (left) in ‘The Godfather’
James Caan (left) in ‘The Godfather’

Paul Whitington

THEY don't make 'em like they used to, according to veteran actor James Caan, who came over all curmudgeonly at the Cannes premiere of his movie the other day. Guillaume Canet's 'Blood Ties' stars Mr Caan as the boss of a 1970s New York crime family, and evokes obvious comparisons with 'The Godfather', the film that made him a star in the first place.

And if the 1970s is often cited as a cinematic golden age, the 73-year-old seems to think the modern era is precisely the opposite. "I've become very negative about the films of today," he told a reporter, "and that's why I leapt at the chance to do a film of the 1970s with talent like this.

"I was very fortunate in the 1970s to work with the best actors, the best directors, the best cinematographers. And the films had a beginning, a middle and an end . . ."

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