Director Peter Bogdanovich was beyond brutally honest in an interview when talking about the Goddess of Pop, Cher.
Bogdanovich was THE top-notch director of the 80s. However, despite all the work he’s accomplished, the one person he just couldn’t gel with was Cher.
The two joined forces on the 1985 film, “Mask,” based on the life and early death of Roy L. “Rocky” Dennis. Though she won the Best Actress award at Cannes Film Festival for her starring role, Bogdanovich considered her the “most difficult actor he’s ever worked with.”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
“She can’t act. She won Best Actress at Cannes because I shot her very well,” Bogdanovich told Vulture. “And she can’t sustain a scene. She couldn’t do what Tatum [O’Neal] did in Paper Moon. She’d start off in the right direction, but she’d go off wrong somehow, very quickly. So I shot a lot of close-ups of her because she’s very good in close-ups…I shot more close-ups of her than I think in any picture I ever made.”
He also explained that the beauty behind Cher’s mesmerizing eyes, that supposedly “translates well in movies,” is just “self-pity.”
Despite Bogdanovich’s criticisms, he did say the two eventually buried the hatchet.
“She was always looking like someone was cheating her. I came to the set one day; I said, ‘You depress me, you’re always so down and acting like somebody’s stealing from you or something.’ But finally, after about seven weeks of this, we started getting to like each other. She said, you know, we don’t watch out, we might end up liking each other. I said that would be amazing. And we did end up liking each other…”
Unfortunately, peace didn’t reign forever after Bogdanovich ended up suing the studio. Cher’s loyalty laid with them and in Peter’s words, “That was that.”