To celebrate the 75th anniversary of Gone with the Wind 'Closer Weekly' exclusively spoke with one of the film's sole surviving living stars, Mickey Kuhn, who shares his memories of filming and the thrill of working with one of the biggest stars of the time, Clark Gable.
“I had a scene with [Clark] , and my only line was ‘Hello, Uncle Rhett,’” the 82-year-old ex-actor shares exclusively with 'Closer.' “I kept blowing the line and saying, ‘Hello, Uncle Clark!’ He put his arm around me and said, ‘Mickey, you’re right. My name is Clark, but this is a movie, so I’m Uncle Rhett, OK?’ We did the scene again, and of course, it was OK.”
Mickey in 'Gone with the Wind' in 1939. (Photo Credit: Getty)
Though Clark was the biggest star in Hollywood at the time, Mickey never saw him act that way. “He’d come over and shoot the breeze with me,” Mickey reminisces. “He was a nice man.”
With a nearly four-hour running time (including an overture and an intermission), everything about 'Gone with the Wind' was epic. Yet Mickey tells 'Closer' he was too young to appreciate it. “I was seven when I first saw the movie with my parents, and I fell asleep!” he admits.
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But the Academy was paying attention. The film went on to win a record eight Oscars “It’s an iconic movie to these people,” marvels Mickey, citing fans who have named their children after Scarlett, Rhett and Beau. “We’re almost idolized.”
For the full interview with Mickey, pick up the new issue of 'Closer Weekly,' on newsstands Wednesday, Dec. 17!
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