Leslie Howard talks about films, stories and co-stars, 1933
1933 was a very important year in Leslie Howard’s career. He had already made several films– Berkeley Square among them, one of his big successes– and was one of the most sought-after among male stars, he had co-starred with the most prominent female stars– like Mary Pickford, Norma Shearer, Ann Harding, Marion Davies. In this article, published on Film Weekly of July 21, 1933, Leslie Howard seems rather talkative and sincere. He has clear ideas about films and stories: after some disappointing experiences, he has stipulated that he “should always have the final word on the stories” which he plays, because “the actor must remain free if he is to survive… An actor can suffer tremendously from bad material or faulty casting.”
Leslie Howard Speaks His Mind
In an interview with Doris Mackie
Every now and again something extra pleasant falls to the interviewer’s lot. It may be a talk with someone comparatively unknown, who yet has an arresting personality and a story to tell, or it may be a talk with someone famous, who turns out to be even more interesting than you had expected. Leslie Howard belongs to the latter category.
There was, to begin with, something rather interesting in the fact that he had chosen to stay at one of the smaller and older London hotels instead of one of the modern caravanserais where film stars usually congregate, although, I suppose, it only meant that he knew his London, and knew where he wanted to go…