HOLLYWOOD – Sir Edwin Fluffer once again delves into his personal memoirs – soon to be published as ‘Not THAT Kind of Fluffer!!!’ – to recall Alec Guinness.
It wasn’t the most comfortable shoot, but darling Alec always had a smile on his face. Lean would be taking hours to set up a shot and Gin And Tonic But Not While I’m Working would keep us all entertained by making model animals out of balloons. He could also whistle the entire 1812 Overture in French, which I thought was hugely impressive.
I suggested that they use it as the score, but Lean wasn’t interested.
If something wasn’t his idea he just didn’t want to know about it. That’s the reason why William Holden never wore the sombrero I bought him. As soon as he saw it, Lean told him to take it off and we never saw it again.
Unfortunately we were well into filming before the unit doctor discovered that I was suffering from a condition called gephyrophobia, also known as fear of bridges. I tried to carry on but the pills he prescribed didn’t mix well with brandy and it was felt best all ‘round if I flew home. I did try to take them with a bottle of scotch that I found in Jack Hawkins’s trailer, but when he found out he tried to shoot me with an elephant gun.