Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida on September 16, 1973 · Page 87
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Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida · Page 87

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James Garner: When I Get Ma4 Hold on loYour Hatr "When I'm home, I simply don't want to be found. And believe me, if I don't want to be found-no one can get hold of me!" By Peer J. Oppenheimer im Garner, whose most recent film One Little Indian," for Walt IS J Disney Studios, has always been one of Hollywood's more elusive actors. This tall, good-looking, amiable actor is usually reluctant to talk, about himself. However, when I interviewed Jim on location, in the plush surroundings of his portable dressing room, he answered all my questions readily. FAMILY WEEKLY: Why do we see so little about you in print? JIM: I get bored talking about myself and I can't understand why anyone would want an opinion from me. When 1 did my first TV series at Warner Bros., I had an interview every day during the lunch break and then another one when 1 got back on the set. It got so fan magazines were my pet peeve in the whole world. Publicity really bugged me. For a year or so I did nothing but talk about myself—at work, at home, at play. I was fed up! Oddly enough, it also acted as therapy. Suddenly I found myself saying things about myself that I didn't necessarily want to hear. FW: Do you enjoy acting? Sometimes you look so disinterested. JIM: I like the physical side of acting, and I am trying to get better. I think I am improving. If I didn't think that, I'd quiti I have learned more in the last three or four years than in all the past years put together. Don't ask me why-because I don't know. FW: Did you ever take any acting lessons? JIM: 1 took five or six classes in New York and then I realized they weren't teaching me anything I didn't already know. The best way to learn is by experience. FW: You have your own production company "Privacy is important to im," says Gamer. So is Ills wife Lois. JIM: Yeah-Cherokee Productions. I named it that because I'm one-fourth Indian. One grandfather was a full- blooded Cherokee, my other grandfather was German. I never knew either of them. My parents told me that my German grandfather was killed by an escapee from a lunatic asylum. He was with a sherifTs posse and this man pulled the gun out of my grandfather's holster and shot him five times in the back. My grandfather didn*t even know him! FW: What's your favorite way to relax? JIM: One of my favorite ways of getting away from it all is to go to Baja California to fish. Usually four of us guys—racing buddies of mine — take off. We go in two cars for safety's sake because there are places down there where we are 600 miles away from any place where a car can be fixed. This way if one car breaks down, we have the other to rely on. It is terribly desolate. One day when I was there a plane crashed, but the pilot wasn't badly hurt. 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