Chicago Tribune from Chicago, Illinois on November 27, 1977 · 137
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Amusements Amusements Amusements Amusements , . . ' " - I v ' - " p' i "i ivY ml i . - - Tribune Photos by Earl Gusli "People who know me know I'm very sensitive and fun-loving ." hitting tough times 4 2 in il in ar Jfiiai I I -ilLA: till III II It . 1 II 1 1 II Caan, as Sonny in the garbage-can brawl from "The Godfather" : Trying to kick the tough-guy image. choice of the movies I've made since I've had the opportunity to choose," he said. "I had a group of people agents and so forth whom I was paying a certain percentage of my salary, who said I had to do this and I had to do that. And I thought to myself, 'Well, they must know what they're talking about. They've been in the business 30 years.' Well, after I made (with Elliott Gould) 'Harry and Walter Go to the Toilet' (sic), I decided to make some changes in my life." Caan then discussed and rated his recent films: ' "There are only four pictures I care about," he said. "On a scale of l-to-10, if 'The Godfather' is a 10, I'd give 'Slither' a 4; 'Freebie and the Bean,' a 6; 'Cinderella Liberty,' which I liked a lot, an 8. The Gambler' it's not easy to make people care about a guy who steals from his mother to pay his gambling debts I'll give that a 10. 'Funny Lady,' too many cooks messing around that one, although I liked my performance, I'll give that a 7; 'Rollerball,' I couldn't do much with the character, a 6; 'Killer Elite,' my advisers told me to work with, director Sam Peckinpah, a zero; 'Harry-and Walter Go to New York,' the director sacrificed jokes to tell a story no one cared about, a 3; 'A Bridge Too Far, it was an honest effort, a 7. And I really like the new one, 'Another Man, Another Chance'; I'll give that a 10. It's a love story set In the 1870s West. Claude Lelouch, who also directed 'A Man and a Woman,' told me this is the picture he wanted to make before he made 'A Man and a Woman.' but he couldn't get the budget." Caan went on to describe himself as lazy, which might suggest that he would stop working for a while. But despite his playboy image, on and off the screen, he is a committed actor. Want proof? Despite the $750,000 he received for only eight days' work on "A Bridge Too Far," Caan is strapped for cash. His recent divorce, his second, has crippled his bank account, he admitted. Yet, Caan reported he turned down a $4 million offer to play the title role in "Superman," the comic adventure film due next Easter starring Marlon Brando. "The offer was for two films," Caan said. "They're making two at the same time, just like the same producers did with 'The Three and Four Musketeers.' Marlon called me and told me I should do it. 'I mean the money, Jimmy,' he said. But couldn't do it. "I couldn't wear the (Superman) suit. No way. I mean I've done things for money in my career, but not that. I just couldn't wear that suit." It makes sense. That role could have branded Caan a buffoon for the rest of his artistic life. Instead, Caan has worked this year with Jane Fonda on "Comes a Horseman Wild and Free," a love story set in 1945 Montana, due out next year. Future projects he said he is considering include a "Rocky"-type script about a cab driver who thinks he's a comic and gets a freak shot at the big time on the Johnny Carson show, and a thriller about a working class guy who becomes a government witness only to end up fighting both the mob and the government. ' Also on tap for Caan, he hopes, is something that he has been chasing for years the kind of marriage you read about in story books or see in the movies. Caan has two children from his two marriages: a girl, 13, and a boy, 14 months. "I'm afraid I'm a romanticist," he said, "even though in the back of my head I suspect it may not be there for me, ever. But I'm still searching. I mean I want to be in love all the time. I remember when I was a kid (in New York) I couldn't wait to get to my girlfriend's house. I had to steal my father's car and drive an hour to get there. My heart was pounding. "That feeling was wonderful. And I know that it's ridiculous for me to expect it to be there all the time. And I know people are gonna think I'm crazy, but that's what I want. Not every minute of every day. But, say, I've been gone from home for two days, I wanUo come back feeling, 'Oh, I've missed you so much. "And I haven't had that recently. So my former wife (former Chicago model-actress Sheila Ryan) and I now go out on dates. Because we had something going when we used to date. That's when it was good." OPENS TOMORROW 8 PM "A FUNNY, FUNNY, FUNNY PLAY. A BIG CUT!" -fiene Shaft. Todav. 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