Yes, the trailer is awful but, trust me, The Stunt Man — released on Blu-ray tomorrow — is worth a look. See it mainly to relish one of Peter O’Toole’s finest and funniest performances. Dave Itzkoff at the NYTimes talks to O’Toole about the movie got an earful about the Oscars.
Q. You were, of course, nominated for an Academy Award for this performance. Did you think you might win that year?
A. We knew. I always ring the bookies immediately in Las Vegas. I’m the son of a racetrack bookie, and I’ve never known an odds-on favorite, in my 50 years, of not winning. If it’s a horse, it’s at least got a chance of falling down. And not once in 50 years have I ever been a favorite.
Q. They always say it’s an honor just to be nominated.
A. No, it’s not. It’s a bore. I’m fed up. [laughs] Second prize is no prize, thank you very much indeed.