"He Does As He Pleases", pg 4
from Modern Screen magazine, 1937

Still Errol didn't make any effort at the time to deny it publicly; he's smart enough to know that the less said about a thing of this kind, the better. A quick denial only calls more attention to it. He knows because he has made this mistake in the past, in connection with the divorce rumors which were spread about himself and Lili. They were separating at the time, but only temporarily. They had no intention of making it final.

The other part of his personal life in Hollywood is almost as erratic as is his marriage. For weeks at a time he is content to stay at home, either writing, or having "the boys" in for poker in the evening. These "boys," incidentally, are the same people he knew in the early days before "Captain Blood" was previewed and he was acclaimed by the world.

It's his amazing vitality that makes him insist on always doing his own rough scenes in his pictures. During "Captain Blood" he gave the first evidence of his bravery, and he's been known as a dare-devil ever since. One day when he was supposed to be resting he happened on the set and saw a man, resembling him and wearing the same kind of costume he had worn the day before, standing on the rail of the Arabella's quarter deck. "Who's that?" he asked innocently. "Oh, he's the stunt man we hired to do a few tricks for you," the director told him.
"And what tricks can he do that I can't do?" Flynn wanted to know.

"Plenty. For one thing he has to swing at the end of a rope from one boat to another, and...."
But there was no convincing him. In an hour Flynn was in costume and doing the stunt himself. But he also saw to it that the stunt man got paid anyway.
There was that time, on the location for "Green Light," when he swam a mile and a quarter in Sherwood Lake just for the fun of trying to beat director Frank Borzage, who was driving fourteen miles in a car to that same spot across the lake. He arrived a few seconds after Borzage, but the director had to admit that he had skidded around a few corners to make it.

And so it goes, and it will always be thus. There'll be more publicity appointments broken, more breathtaking risks, yes, and more arguments with Lili. But one thing is certain. As long as this fascinating lion is still at bay, the show will go on. Errol Flynn will keep on climbing higher and higher. It was the thing that raised his star. It is the thing that will keep it up there, glaring and defiant. Yes, this lad has a way with him, a way of doing as he pleases.

    Phyllis Henry and
    Errol Flynn in
   "The Prince and
    the Pauper."
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