What a gent. I love speaking with the Old School Hollywooders. None of the PR controlled bullshit, it's "Sure, come round to my house, how long do you need?" I remember having a great chat with Kirk Douglas at his Beverly Hills home some years ago a day after a nightmare studio-regulated set visit to an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie.
Anyway, "Bill" lives in sumptuous spread up in the Hills. Very genial host and great raconteur. Talked about new film Killer Joe but of course, too, his greatest hits, including The French Connection and Exorcist. If you care for a snapshot of history, Bill was introduced for his 1972 Best Director Oscar by Jack Lemmon, then presented with it by Natalie Wood and Frank Capra.