Over the years, my relationship with the press has been a rather
pleasant one. It was the days before the intrusive papparazzi, so I dont know
how Id react today to having a lens stuck in my face everytime I turned around. But
Ive learned that if you really want privacy, its not all that hard to come by.
Its just that you cant have it both ways.
The publicity department called me after Combat! had been on the
air for a few months. TV Guide was going to do a cover on Vic and me. The West Coast
editor, Dwight Weist, wanted to follow me around for several days and do an in-depth
Original idea? Suuuuure!
And thats what he did. He spent the entire next day on the set
with me. We drove around the lot in my new Jaguar Mark X, a car that Id yearned for
ever since Id been in England, and that cost the munificent sum of $5,600. Dwight
Weist and I had dinners together, and he did everything but stay overnight.
The cover photo of Vic and me was excellent. Then I started to read the
article. Mr. Weist was happy to report that I behaved every bit the "Hollywood Movie
Star," even going so far as having a chair on the set that was higher than everyone
elses and from which I "held court." I hadnt the slightest idea
where hed gotten that one from, since Ive never "held court" in my
It then went on to say that I tooled around in a gleaming new Jaguar
sedan while Vic Morrow drove a small humble dusty, dirty, two-seater with the top down. Of
course, Mr. Weist didnt bother to find out, that the junky-looking car Vic had was
in fact a prime conditioned, highly tuned, $20,000 English sports car called a Morgan. Vic
just never washed it.
I was about to answer that article until I said to myself "What
the hell," and put it down to experience. Aside from that, I think the media has
treated me quite fairly. A couple of years later, I got a call from ABC publicity saying
TV Guide wanted to give me an award and do another in-depth interview. I told them to have
the interviewer call me.
"I have no intention of giving your magazine another chance to
misrepresent me," I said. The reporter asked me to explain and I did. He said
hed get back to me and about an hour later he called. Hed read the article and
was in complete agreement with me. "What do you want me to do," he asked.
"Ill submit the questions in writing."
"I dont need that," I said, "and I dont want
any special treatment. Just tell the truth, and dont write your article before the
"More than fair," he said. That one turned out fine.