By Ray Pride

Jules Feiffer on Resnais

“One of the charming parts of earlier on in the film was Resnais asked me to deal with Adolph, who was a friend of mine, and tell him that Resnais was shy of approaching him. So that was my job. That’s what I did at a dinner at the Russian Tea Room. I had sent Adolph the script asking him what he thought of it without telling him anything about the part, and he and his wife, Phyllis, we all had dinner at the Russian Tea Room. We talked for a while and then I said, “Look, everything I’ve told you, it was bullshit. I brought you here under false circumstances. Resnais wants you to star in the film as Joey Wheelman.” Phyllis Newman screamed. She put her hands up to her face, she went, “AHHH!” Adolph just blinked and looked stunned. And then we celebrated for the rest of the evening because there was no question he was going to do it. He couldn’t believe that they wanted him. It was one of my fondest memories connected to that production.”
~ Jules Feiffer

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