James Garner, you know, the actor, star of the TV series Maverick, proves that I can have goofy opinions of people. I just saw a thing on him on Turner Classic Movies.... by the guy who walks funny, Robert Osborne. He interviewed him for about forty five minutes. Garner is a superb actor and a great interview. Ya, ya...I'm retired and when I think my wife is away I watch old movies....but this was an interview. All about Garner's life in film, etc. - no surprise there.
I actually met Garner once at an awards thing for Mohammad Ali held in Washington DC a while back. At the event, I sat next to Angelo Dundee, Mohamed Ali's trainer and long-time manager.
Garner sat across the isle from us and the thing I remember most about him was that he has a huge head....huge. I also got the impression he was a tad uppity. I mentioned this observation to Dundee - who replies " Well you know those pricks from Hollywood are all jerks".
Well I was damn wrong.
And I should have known better. I once was employed to teach folks how to be interviewed, which is funny in itself because I'm an awful interview....embarrassingly awful. But I learned that folks who spend that much time (45 minutes is an e t e r n i t y to be answering questions) well they can't hide. Their true self pops out and Garner's true self today - on the show - it really told me he's is a good cat....honest, funny, no bullshit.
Just the kind of guy you'd like to have a beer with.
Here is the TMC interview profile and check it out next time it's on. It's good TV.