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BetteBack December 1, 1991: James Caan said his character in “For The Boys” isn’t a likable guy

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December 1, 1991

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James Caan said his character in “For The Boys” isn’t a likable guy.

He plays Eddie Sparks, a song-and dance womanizer in a love-hale relationship with performer Dixie Leonard, portrayed by Bette Midler.

“His life is that stage, and everything else is foreplay. There’s a certain majesty about that,”

Caan said in an interview published Saturday in the Boston Herald.

Partly because of the movie’s World War II setting, Eddie echoes Bob Hope, Jack Benny, Bing Crosby and other war-era entertainers.

But Caan said he did not model Eddie on any of them. “I didn’t want to be influenced by anybody, to sound like anybody or look like anybody else,” Caan said.

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