Jon Peters Speaks!
Bravo to Tatiana Siegel and The Hollywood Reporter, for this fascinating exclusive interview with the legendary Hollywood Producer Jon Peters!
“And With A Loaded Gun On The Coffee Table…”
How is this for a setup to the article?
“In his first interview in 10 years, and with a loaded gun on the coffee table, the legendary former hairdresser turned producer and studio chief opens up about voting for Donald — kept secret from “love of his life” Barbra Streisand — his feud with Peter Guber and how it feels to collect huge paychecks on Superman movies for doing nothing.”
Well, that grabs hold of you and never lets go, right?
This is the Jon Peters who was Barbra Streisand’s hairdresser, then Movie Producer of films like “A Star Is Born.”
The article quotes him this way regarding Barbra:
“She was probably the love of my life. Yeah. She was the most captivating, interesting, creative person I have ever met,” he says. “I owe her. I will always owe her for giving me the life that I’ve had.”
This is the Jon Peters who, along with Peter Gruber, produced the “Batman” films then ran Columbia Pictures for a time in the 80’s.
The nonfiction book “Hit & Run” details that wild era – a terrific book by Nancy Griffin & Kim Masters that is a must read as well.
Finally, this is the Jon Peters who makes millions and millions of dollars for NOT actively producing “Superman” films.
Yes, he has made a fortune for staying away from the “Superman” movies!
According to the article:
“One of the first questions he answers is about his cut on Superman films. He says he took home $80 million to $85 million combined for 2006’s Superman Returns and Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel thanks to backend granted for his role in jumpstarting the franchise in the ’90s. Warners declined to comment. “I have 7.5 percent of the gross,” says Peters. “Together they did [more than] a billion.” He adds he was banned from the set of Man of Steel at the behest of producer Christopher Nolan: “My reputation scares these guys.”
This is a great article, and Tatiana Siegel weaves an amazing story of Hollywood, and of a man who has become a legend for so many reasons! He has also been out of the limelight for a decade.
According to the article:
“The biggest reason Peters has eschewed the press for the past decade is due to what he calls a mischaracterization of his contributions, perpetrated by the Hollywood press.”
Until now. A fascinating read and again, bravo to Tatiana Siegel and The Hollywood Reporter. These two short highlights are just the beginning of a fascinating read, so please click to see the entire article here at TheHollywoodReporter.com:
Again, a terrific article with an amazingly candid Peters.
I love stories of classic Hollywood, and my friend Alison Martino documents them as well on her “Vintage Los Angeles” website….see some here:
Alison is sharing great stories about Hollywood, its iconic locations, and more important, the legendary people who have made the entertainment industry what it is…
The industry was stunned when Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds both died, and their story is worth hearing over and over again…check out the new HBO special here:
These two women were incredible Talents, with great inside stories of this wacky business…
I mean, only in Hollywood could I add up $812-million dollars in losses from a handful of films in 2016 – see those numbers here:
Let me know what you think of the Jon Peters story!
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