Jamie Farr remembers ARNOLD
Jamie Farr as Dybbi in Arnold...and as Max Klinger in M*A*S*H*
Farr was kind and gracious enough to answer a few questions
regarding his participation in the film.
Q: Most people are
familiar, of course, with your wonderful character of Max
Klinger on M*A*S*H*. Had you begun work on M*A*S*H*
before ARNOLD, or after you were signed to portray
Q: Did the subject of
ARNOLD ever pop up in conversations on the set of the
4077th, or had any other cast members seen the film?
Q: How were you handed the
role of Dybbi, and what made Andrew Fenady feel you were
right for the part?
Q: Did you prep yourself
in any special way for the role? It's a wonderful
Q: I don't think I've ever
seen you with such a heavy makeup job and costume, not
counting, of course, any of Klinger's occasionally
intricate frocks! Was it a long makeup session?
Q: Did anyone in your
family get to see you in that rather sinister-looking
makeup and costume?
Q: How long did you
actually work on ARNOLD for your scenes? Was it any easy
shoot, or were there any difficult scenes you did?
Q: During the wedding
scene at the beginning, as the two little girls are
horsing around when the ceremony is beginning, Dybbi
stops the shenanigans by suddenly thrusting his hook
right between the two little girls. Had I been them at
that young an age, I would have been scared! How did
those two little actresses react?
Q: Did you strictly follow
the script and Georg Fenady's direction, or were you
allowed any improv or input into your character?
Q: Several of your costars
in ARNOLD were already Hollywood legends by then: Roddy
McDowall, Elsa Lanchester, Farley Granger, Patric
Knowles, and Bernard Fox was known as Dr. Bombay from
Bewitched. What was it like being in close company with
some of them?
Q: Genre fans who read
this will probably want to know, like myself, if Roddy
ever talked about the Apes films on the set, or if Elsa
ever mentioned her now-classic role in The Bride of
Q: When did you last watch
yourself in ARNOLD? :-)
Q: If you were offered a
role like Dybbi in a film like ARNOLD today, would you do
Thank you for spending the time to answer these questions, Jamie. I've encountered the subject of ARNOLD on a few classic horror and movie message boards on the internet, and there's definitely people out there who know and love the film!
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