Photoplay 1938 ~ Portrait with a French Accent, cont'd
Charles Boyer has difficulty hiding his disdain for interviewers.   His pet poet is Baudelaire, the evil genius of French poetry.
He does not care much for horse racing and when he does go he rarely places a bet.  He dislikes movie openings.  He partakes only of fruit juices and coffee for breakfast.  
His faith in mankind is practically nil. He has never had a press-clipping service.

He thinks the ideal home life in Hollywood is possible but difficult.  He dislikes perfume on men, and seldom drinks a cocktail before dinner.  
He memorizes lines almost at a glance.

He has never worn a mustache off the screen.  The only jewelry he wears is a sapphire ring.
He is a good judge of stories, hates stiff collars, and has no physiological weaknesses.  He was nineteen when he first went on the professional stage.  He likes wine with dinner and Scotch and soda after.  He is strictly urban in his tastes, and the teachings of his first director, Gremier, still influence his work.

He goes away from Hollywood at every opportunity.  He is always ready to deflate himself before anyone else has a chance to do so.   He was pampered and indulged as a youngster and made himself very unpopular in the neighborhood.
He was twelve years old when he made love to his teacher, who advised him to save his love-making for his stage career.   He does not like to wear uniforms.

His new home in Beverly Hills is old Mexican farmhouse style which he has remodeled.   He gets a great kick out of George Bernard Shaw and does not like Swing music.   At the Sorbonne he majored in philosophy.  His eyebrows arch into a triangle.

He is not at ease on horseback.  He would like to forget all the pictures he made before Private Worlds, except the French picture, Tumult.
He was a child prodigy.  He would do nothing differently if he had life to live over again.
He has a swimming pool and likes to go to the movies. He is five feet, nine inches tall.

As a boy he liked to attend concerts, weddings, races, clinics, and political meetings.   His initial efforts in Hollywood were flops.
His meeting with Pat Paterson changed his lifelong determination never to marry.   He does not like visitors on the set while he is working.
He is instinctively gracious and is a great admirer of Charles Laughton.   He is adept on skis and at the age of nine could memorize an entire play.
He was advised not to go into pictures because in his original tests he photographed badly.
He thinks Hollywood should display a little more courage in the themes and subjects it films.  He thinks sparkling Burgundy is slop.
His all-consuming passion is gambling at cards - chemin de fer, poker, baccarat.  He will gamble on the slightest provocation.
His face, in repose, falters between a cynical smile and an analytic questioning.   He prefers traveling between pictures and seeks places where he is not likely to be recognized.

The End


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