Over the years that I’ve spent doing this acting lark I’ve picked up all sorts of hints and tips which have proved absolutely invaluable when rolling up on set two hours late and slightly hung over without having even looked at the script yet. I’m still waiting to hear back about my offer to do a stint on In The Actor’s Studio, but in the meantime here are some pointers to get you going.

3 Katherine Hepburn

Sometimes you’ll be on set acting away when you’ll notice a woman staring at you.  She’s called Katherine Hepburn, and although she’s a darling once you get to know her the initial reception can be a bit frosty. She once pulled a knife on Clark Gable and we had to wrestle her to the ground. All I’ll say is never borrow money from her.

4 Horses

When I look back at some of my early cowboy pictures now I can’t help but laugh. Even to the untrained eye it’s quite obvious that I’m sat on the horse the wrong way ‘round! In those days the studios didn’t have time for a second take so we just muddled through and hoped no-one would notice, but the results were sometimes less than perfect. It was John Wayne who put me right. I’ve watched hundreds of his films and you never see him sitting backwards on his horse so he knew what he was talking about: ‘Neddy,’ he said, ‘the tail goes at the back!’ And do you know what? He was right! If you’re stuck out in the desert with Cecil B. DeMille doing one of those Biblical epics the same rule also applies to Deborah Kerr and camels. But that’s another story…