Veteran actor Richard Harris has starred in more than 70 films to date, but don't ask him which one he thinks he's best known for. "I'm not interested in reputation or immortality or things like that," snaps the grumpy 71-year-old, who's currently entertaining the masses as Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. "I don't care what I'm remembered for. I don't care if I'm remembered. I don't care if I'm not remembered. I don't care why I'm remembered. I genuinely don't care." (But do you care?)
Harris who earned Oscar nods for 1967's This Sporting Life and 1990's The Field also isn't a big fan of reminiscing about his storied career. "Once [a film is] over, it's over," he says. "I always say to the cast, 'Look, we've had a marvelous time. It was a great community for the 10 weeks we were shooting. Love you all. Don't call me because I won't return your call.'"
We're sure they were heartbroken. What else rubs Mr. Cranky Pants the wrong way? Actors with attitude. "I really hate the elitism that has suddenly crept into our business," he grumbles, unapologetically. "I think they're so stupid. Ten bodyguards, their own private chefs, their own hairdressers, their own dieticians it's a joke.
"And then they have opinions, which is even worse," he adds. "They're all minor talents anyway."
Speaking of high maintenance celebs, wasn't Harris's Mutiny on the Bounty
co-star Marlon Brando
a bit of a handful? "Marlon didn't have an entourage," he responds. "He had attitude, but he didn't have an entourage."