Legendary Hollywood producer Robert Evans was hailed on Monday by his contemporaries and fans when news of his death was released. And the producer of "Chinatown" and "Love Story", who died on Saturday at the age of 89, had a past that went unnoticed in his death.
In fact, the contributions of former Paramount Pictures boss and contentious relationship with "Godfather" director Francis Ford Coppola have sometimes been overshadowed by recollections of his famous life as a playboy, cocaine seizure and involvement in the Cotton Club murder case.
In a statement to The Times, Coppola cited Evans's influence on his films, recalling his specific notes on the "Godfather" movies but obscuring their infamous relationship at the 1984 "The Cotton Club."
“I remember Bob Evans's charm, looks, enthusiasm, style and sense of humor. He had strong instincts, as evidenced by the long list of great films of his career, ”said the five-time Oscar winner in a statement to The Times.
“When I worked with Bob, some of his helpful ideas included suggesting John Marley as (film producer) Woltz and Sterling Hayden as captain of the police, and his final realization that“ The Godfather ” could be 2 hours and 45 minutes long; too, making a movie of & # 39; The Cotton Club & # 39; – casting Richard Gere and Gregory Hines and bringing Milena Canonero, George Faison, Richard Sylbert and many other talented people to work on the film. May the boy always stay in the picture.
Filmmaker Brett Morgen, who directed and produced Evans's 2002 memoir "The Kid Stays in Picture" and the Comedy Central series "Kid Notorious," tweeted that Evans's life was "the greatest production ever". .
Bob Evans has produced some of the best films of all time, but the biggest production of all was his life.
When you were with Bob, there was no other place on earth you would rather be.
He was funnier, sweeter and more charming than the character he created. pic.twitter.com/aO7BjnayVp
– Brett Morgen (@brettmorgen) October 28, 2019
Paramount Pictures recently announced that it would dedicate its executive screening room at Redstone Building to Paramount's plot to the producer, dubbing the Robert Evans Screening Room theater so that “many generations of movie lovers could share their passion for cinema. . "
"Hollywood has lost one of its most influential and iconic figures in the inimitable Bob Evans," the studio said in a statement on Monday. “He has been a valued and beloved partner of Paramount Pictures for over half a century, and his contributions to our organization and the entertainment industry are numerous and far-reaching. As an actor, producer and leader, he has left an indelible mark on our studio and in the movie world. Its influence will be felt by the next generations. "
Here is a sample of other Evans reflections and tributes:
One of the most unusual shows I had as a child was being a companion of Bob Evans' son while Bob and Ali were shooting a movie in Mexico. To say that he was bigger than life is an understatement https://t.co/gXIxTTrU8d
– David Lazarus (@Davidlaz) October 28, 2019
It seems like a good time to remember that Robert Evans reading "The boy is in the picture" is why audiobooks were invented
– Steve Kandell (@SteveKandell) October 28, 2019
Rest in peace Robert Evans, he produced some of the best movies of the 70's. Some of the best movies ever made. A guy who risked telling stories. If you love this decade of movies, check out the document about it & # 39; the kid stays in the picture & # 39; if you have never seen it.
– Sasha Gray (@SashaGrey) October 28, 2019
One of the first anti-drug ads / videos I ever saw was the star-studded "Get High on Yourself" video. It was produced by Robert Evans as part of his bargain for cocaine trafficking in 1980. If you think cynicism was invented recently. https://t.co/uByXoGeG0V
– Craig Calcaterra (@craigcalcaterra) October 28, 2019
“Did it help catapult my new career? You bet not. Robert Evans was the master of forgery at the end of the sentence.
– Jon Wurster (@jonwurster) October 28, 2019
The boy stays in the picture … iconic words that have changed #RobertEvansLife is probably the course of cinema.
Evans produced & # 39; The Godfather & # 39 ;, & # 39; Love Story & # 39; and & # 39; Chinatown & # 39;, among others.
Read Evans's autobiography to be shocked.
REST IN PEACE. pic.twitter.com/U8UWvyvo73
– Gautam Chintamani (@GChintamani) October 28, 2019