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BetteBack November 13, 1992: Director Mark Rydell On ‘For The Boys,’ Bette Midler, And James Caan

Winslow Mail
November 13, 1992

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Director Mark Rydell says he “loved desperately” his film “For the Boys,” which fared poorly at the box office.

Although its star, James Caan, blamed the failure on co-star Bette Midler, whom he called “incredibly stupid,”

Rydell says the picture was marketed wrong.

He says, “It was an error to try to sell it as a Bette Midler musical.

Some people thought it was a concert film about the Persian Gulf.”

As for Caan’s ill-considered comment.

Rydell says Midler was crushed and that Caan should never have said such a thing.

Nevertheless, Rydell calls Caan one of our most brilliant actors.

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