Francis Ford Coppola
Evans, who has never let anyone forget that he reedited the disappointing director’s cut of The Godfather, thus creating a classic, says Coppola’s cavalier, vindictive, and arrogant ways sabotaged The Cotton Club (1984): ”The guy went double budget and gave us half a picture.” Coppola says: ”There is no vendetta that I know of. I wish Robert Evans well.”
Evans says that the femme fatale of Sliver told others this damning story: that a friend of hers had been held prisoner at his house for more than three years and forced to wear a dog collar. In The Kid, Evans offers Stone $250,000 to produce any proof that the incident took place. ”If you can’t, down on your knees you go — only to apologize, I wouldn’t want anything more!” Stone’s publicist did not respond.
Evans claims that the Hollywood mogul’s beach house was being used as the secret love nest of Ali MacGraw and Steve McQueen: ”That no-good, lying piece of s—! Just the year before I’d saved Freddie’s a– [in a business deal].” Fields says: ”Perhaps Evans’ recollection has been clouded by certain substances, his abuse of which is well-known and documented in his own book.”
Evans speaks warmly of his fourth — and last — wife, to whom he was married from 1977 to 1978. ”Square? Let’s just say she made Mary Tyler Moore look like Madonna…ego was what motivated my perversity in wanting to make Miss America Mrs. Evans.” A spokesperson for George says she is not available to comment.
Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty
Evans says that even though the infamous womanizers made a surprising gesture of noblesse oblige by asking permission to date MacGraw several years after their divorce, he advised them not to hit on her. ”Who do you think called [her]? Who do you think passed? Let’s just say, Nicholson called another lass.” Their spokespersons did not return calls.
When Evans realized that wife No. 3 was having an on-location affair with McQueen in Mexico during the making of The Getaway (1972), he flew there immediately: ”The last thing she wanted was to spend the night with me, but she did. It ain’t a good feeling being kissed with a passion you’ve never felt before — none.” MacGraw says she plans to read the book later.
Evans not only lost his luggage on the way to Malta to make Popeye (1980), he lost luggage containing drugs, and he persuaded an unwitting Kissinger to write a letter to the prime minister on his behalf. ”I told Henry half of my dilemma, the good half.” Through a spokesperson, Kissinger recently told New York Daily News columnist George Rush, ”This is the first I’ve ever heard of it.”
When MacGraw, who was seven months pregnant, was hospitalized for hemorrhaging, costar Ryan O’Neal refused to cover for her at a 1970 benefit premiere of Love Story, says Evans. ”He never sent flowers. He never called to see if the baby survived.” (The baby, Josh Evans, was fine.) O’Neal never responded to our fax.
Dick Van Patten
Evans writes that as teenagers, he and best buddy Van Patten (Eight Is Enough) often visited the Red Rooster whorehouse in Harlem. ”All the waitresses could do it: You’d hold out a dollar bill, and in one movement, they’d lift their skirts, squat, and pick up your tip.” Van Patten says, ”I’m not embarrassed. I like Bob. He’s a good friend. I’m a little mad he didn’t put me in The Godfather, though.”