paul_newman04Vicki Schuster answers our August classic film questionnaire.

1.) What’s your favorite Paul Newman film?

That’s like asking “what is your favorite chocolate recipe?”– too hard to answer. Any recipe with chocolate in it is my favorite receipe as any movie with Paul Newman is my favorite. For for answer’s sake, I’ll say Hud.

2.) What do you consider to be his three best performances?

The Verdict, Cool Hand Luke, Nobody’s Fool.

3.) Which of the two collaborations between co-stars Robert Redford & Paul Newman and director George Roy Hill do you think is best: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid or The Sting?

The Sting.

4.) Which is your favorite pairing with his wife Joanne Woodward of their ten films together as co-stars (The Long, Hot Summer; Rally ‘Round the Flag, Boys!; From the Terrace, Paris Blues, A New Kind of Love, Winning, WUSA, The Drowning Pool, Harry & Son, Mr. And Mrs. Bridge)?

So hard to choose– probably The Long, Hot Summer.

5.) Have you had any Newman’s Own products, and if so, which do you like best?

Salad dressing.

6.) Newman’s Oscar win for The Color of Money was considered a belated one— if you could award him the Oscar for only one of his previous nominations, which would you choose— Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; The Hustler; Hud; Cool Hand Luke; Absence of Malice; or The Verdict?

Hud.

7.) What is your least favorite Paul Newman movie?

Slap Shot… It was probably a fun movie to make considering the cast, but I think Paul Newman is too classy for that movie.

8.) Why do you think Newman was such a popular star in his day?

He was the epitome of movie star handsome– a beautiful looking man with those wonderful piercing blue eyes and that absolutely engaging “Luke grin.” He also appealed to all ages. Women and men could identify with him. As he aged, his audience stuck with him, always.

9.) What do you consider to be his most underrated movie?

Nobody’s Fool. Taken from a book written by one of my favorite authors, Richard Russo. Great character study and conversation throughout the movie.

10.) What Paul Newman movie you’ve already seen would you like to see again right now?

Nobody’s Fool.

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