Kirk Douglas is grateful to Stanley Kubrick for sticking his gun to the path of glory

In a 1969 interview with Roger EbertDouglas reveals how Kubrick almost changed “Paths of Glory” for the worse.

“You know, at one point with ‘Paths of Glory,’ even Kubrick wanted to deal. He wanted to rewrite the script, turn it into a B-picture, a commercial thing. But I’m happy. because we were on our side. There is a picture that will always be beautiful, many years from now. I don’t have to wait fifty years to know that; I know it now.”

In the same interview, Douglas said he wasn’t sure if he would write an autobiography. “My life is too goofy and typical to make a good autobiography,” Douglas joked. Indeed, Douglas did not write a memoir – he Written four their. In the first season, “Son of Ragman,” he recounts headbutting Kubrick in “Paths of Glory.”

Douglas first became interested in working with Kubrick after watching “The Killing”. When they met, Douglas agreed to finance “Paths of Glory” through his production company, Bryna Productions. However, when he went to Munich to shoot the film, he discovered that Kubrick had replaced the script sold to him in the project. In the words of Douglas, the new one was “a disaster.” He abhors the corny dialogue of the new script and the wonderful ending, writes in “Ragman’s Son”:

“The general’s car came shouting to stop the firing squad and he changed the men’s death sentence to thirty days in the guardhouse. Then my character, Colonel Dax, went with the bad guy he fought with all through the movie… for a glass of wine, when the general put his arm around my shoulder.”

When Douglas asked Kubrick why he changed the script, the director replied, “To make it commercial. I want to make money.” Douglas pulled the ratings, claiming the film would not be made if the original script was not restored.

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