Guys in Ties #88 - Robert Mitchum, photographed at the Cannes Film Festival, 1954
"Mitchum is regarded by critics as one of the finest actors of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Roger Ebert called him ‘the soul of film noir’. Mitchum himself, however, was self-effacing; in an interview with Barry Norman for the BBC about his contribution to cinema, Mitchum stopped Norman in mid flow and in his typical phlegmatic style said, "Look! I have two kinds of acting. One on a horse and one off a horse. That’s it."
He had also succeeded in annoying some of his fellow actors by voicing his puzzlement at those who viewed the profession as challenging and hard work, saying that acting was actually very simple and that his job was to “show up on time, know his lines, hit his marks, and go home.” What possibly annoyed the opposition was how very easy he made it all seem.” *