“KNOWLEDGE OF ALL ESSENCE ROLES IS ACCESSIBLE TO THE UNFRAGMENTED ENTITY. THIS SOMETIMES RESULTS IN A HASTY CHOICE … THE WARRIOR IS A LEADERSHIP ROLE; THE WARRIOR LEADS INSTINCTIVELY. THE WARRIOR IS PURPOSEFUL IN VOICE AND ACTION, OFTEN POWERFUL PHYSICALLY EVEN THOUGH SMALL IN STATURE. THE KING IS THE WARRIOR EXALTED. THESE SOULS LEAD THROUGH INNER KNOWLEDGE THAT THEY WERE MEANT TO LEAD … THE KING COMMANDS YOUR INTEREST WHEN HE WALKS INTO A ROOM.”
—Quinn Yarbro, Messages from Michael (1980)
(1.) Catherine walked to the dair draped in red velvet at the center of the cathedral, mounted its six steps, and seated herself on the Diamond Throne of Tsar Alexis. Observing Catherine at that moment, the new English ambassador, the Earl of Buckinghamshire, saw “a woman of middle height, her glossy, chesnut-colored hair massed under the jeweled crown … She was beautiful, and the blue eyes beneath were remarkable for their brightness. The head was poised on a long neck, giving an impression of pride, and power, and will.”
—from Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie (Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2012)
(2.) Stanley would have said it was cash, but I think the most perishable element in the making of a movie is reverence. On most pictures it rarely survives the first day of shooting, but in Stanley’s case it had a life of its own. You can follow its career over the course of a series of interviews, usually but not always with actors, normally spanning a couple of years: They’re so honored to be working with Stanley, they’d do anything in the world to work with Stanley, such a privilege they’d work with Stanley for free. And then they work with Stanley and go through hells that nothing in their careers could have prepared them for, they think they must have been mad to get involved, they think that they’d die before they would ever work with him again, that fixated maniac; and when it’s all behind them and the profound fatigue of so much intensity has worn off, they’d do anything in the world to work with him again. For the rest of their professional lives they long to work with someone who cared the way Stanley did, someone they could learn from. They look for someone to repeat the way they’d come to respect him, but they can never find anybody. Their received fictionalized show-business reverence has been chastened and reborn as a real reverence. I’ve heard this story so many times.
—Michael Herr, in Kubrick (2000)
“IT MAY APPEAR SELF-LIMITING; NEVERTHELESS IT IS POSSIBLE TO EXPERIENCE ALL LIFE IN ALL ROLES. A KING IN ESSENCE WILL NOT ALWAYS HAVE A THRONE. IN FACT, MOST KING ESSENCES NEVER HAVE A THRONE. THEY, LIKE ALL OF YOU, WILL BE COWHERDS AND HERMITS AND LAWYERS AND MOTHERS-IN-LAW AND MINISTERS AND BANDITS. IN SHORT, KING OR NOT, THE ESSENCE WILL STILL DO EVERYTHING.”
—Quinn Yabro, op. cit.