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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - May 20, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 10 The Cedar Rapids Gutitt: Mon.. May 28. 1974 Mostel Old Hand at Contradictions By William Glover NEW YORK (AP) Zero Mostel acts. Zero Mostel paints. Don't, however, vail him an actor who paints "the one tiling has nothing to liii with the other." On the other hand, Zero Mostel doesn't care what people think just because lie posed nude in a bathtub with an unclad nymph for one of thos stud "1 don't Rive a damn about he asserts, with all the intensity of his behemoth being. "I'm not a snob about those things. "How can you be any kind of an artisl if you worry about images? The vast regions of cherubic face fracture into an impish grin. Zero Mostel, of course, is an old hand at such apparent con- Iradictions. It's helpful to remember two things: He once thought briefly about becom- ing a psychiatrist; and he is an ardent addict of the writings of James Joyce. Influences that both can point one toward free-form, strcam-of-cons- ciousness behavior. Broadway's sparse drama supply has in recent weeks been somewhat abated by Mostel's appearance in "Ulysses in an excerpt from the noted Joyce novel. The impressive, funny-sad portrayal earned a Tmty award nomination for the 59-year-old actor who already has three of the coveted silver medallions. He was in a triumphant off- Broadway version of the once- banned book 16 years ago. but felt it could bo done even better in today's totally permissive milieu. "You feel a responsibility, there's nothing quite like it in any language a treasure trove. Joyce got into mind of characters in a way no one else has." Zero claims to have rend the mammoth volume times, and hasn't stopped finding fresh nuances. "This is what theater should be he says, taking a swipe at "pipsqueak musicals or plays that should be on TV. "People always want to un- derstand everything about 'Ulysses'. Why? Great works of art you don't understand so easily. How can you explain a mountain by Cezanne? It's a creation. This is a creation." Mostel interrupts himself in mid-sermon to notify the visi- tor that this studio where he endlessly paints and which at the moment is throbbing to a four-loudspeaker outpouring of Theater Time Schedule for Monday PARAMOUNT "Foxy Brown" IOWA "The Great WORLD "The Sting" shorts TIMES "The Twelve Chairs" shorts 9. PLAZA "Newman's Law" STAGE 1 "American Graffiti" STAGE 2 "Godspell" STAGE 3 "Night at the Opera" 8; "Big Store" STAGE 4 "The Way We Were" EASTOWN 1 "The Exor- cist" EASTOWN 2 "Butch Cas- sidy and the Sundance Kid" MARIOX Features at 11, 1. 3, 5. 7, 9. COLLINS -Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" "The Neptune Factor" TWIXT TOWN "All the Young Wives" "The Secretary" "Private Duty Nurses" TWIN WEST "The Teacher" "The Young Graduates" "Class of '44" TWIN EAST "Deranged" "Sisters" DRAPOBT INN on Old Hwy. 218 2 Uiln Sooth of (irtaxxIColltgt Still Open For Business! Turn left at detour on gravel rood, then right, then right again to Draport. TUESDAY SPECIAL S the home of an earlier era's clown giants, Weber ami Kields. "This was Tin Pan Alley." he vaguely indicates Manhat- tan's wholesale flower center. "In my old studio George Cershwin once played the piano. 1 had to move because the place jjot too small. 1 think I need about five floors." Paints Every Day Mostel lightly heaves him- self away from the tuna salad and zero-cal cherry pop for a tour of the cluttered sanctum. "If I don't paint every day I go crazy. 1 don't kid around and I don't want to paint like anybody else." At 13, he was drawing por- traits of his rabbi father "you could even see the cat- aract." He was ejected from one art academy for turning an exercise in geometric planes into a game of tic-lac-toe, but later found a more sympathetic teacher. Now his pictures get as much as at auction, but he long since moved away from strictly representational art and is so turned off by verisimilitude that there are no photographs in his home, not even of Kate, "the tough, good dame" who has mothered twn sons and been his wife for 30 years. 'Lots of Closeups' "I always start realistic, al- ways with live models. Then I'll turn the real around, superimpose figures, fragment bits, then some idea comes to be and I try to get something out of it." He works in assorted nuHliuins, always with music for background, classic and full. "1 hate rock." Although another artisl con- vinced him not to sell pictures, he's lorn by economic reality: "It's terrible to equate paint- ings with money." He gave up a youthful notion of a career in psychiatry because "only rich people can afford that kind of care." When not on stage, at his easel. or darting off somewhere around the globe for an art museum sightseeing orgy. Mostel performs in movies. Reluctantly. "I don't think they know what to do with me." he says of film directors. "They're shot crazy, lots of closeups. Most of the things they make are terrible. They've got to back off a little from us. My whole thing does it, not just the He won a stage prize for but the current American Film Theater incar- nation chills him to his con- siderable marrow. "I don't think (director) Tom O'Horgan knew what he was doing. He didn't trust the material." Directors in general don't impress the star who never took an acting lesson in his life. "Those guys have been poisoned by the Stanislavsky method without understanding it. I hate the whole mumbo-jumbo ritual." In defiance of proper preparation tradition, Mostel naps for an hour before going on stage instead of warming up his voice or getting into the essential mental state. "1 never memorize. 1 let the part lay in me." At times he has been accused of varying widely in an interpretation from night to night. Sternly denied. Eradicate Original "Unique said 'a picture is completed when you've eradicated the original con- ception.' I'm a great believer in that. Eradicate what you did before, that's spontaneity. The substance is the same but it has a different spirit. 1 don't want it to become a dull, monotonous repetition. I can't play like a machine." An editor once told him he could be a good writer. He rejected the suggestion "because I got too many things to do." And there is never go- ing to be an autobiography "I'd lie too much." 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