When I filmed “Stepford Wives,” Paula Prentiss said to me, “When I don’t like my wardrobe, I cut it up.” While I didn’t have the audacity of Paula Prentiss, I did want to cut out my outfit for a crucial party scene.
Then there was Tina Louise, who did her own hair and makeup. She took over a bedroom in a home in Westport, Conn., which the film company had rented. We were told, “Don’t go into the bedrooms,” but this didn’t stop Tina. She dismissed the hair and makeup team and won praise for being the most beautiful Stepford Wife. Tina Louise and Paula Prentiss had the balls to stand up for what they believed in.
Which brings to mind “Looper,” which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who gives a stunning portrait of Joe Simon, a bag man. True, he has to play a younger version of Bruce Willis, but still:...