Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor in Raintree County (1957)
Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift, photographed by Peter Stackpole.
“I loved acting but I didn’t take it seriously until I worked with Montgomery Clift in A Place in the Sun. I still would drive everybody mad on the set and give them the giggles, be silly and all that. But when I saw Monty preparing, I thought: My God, this isn’t only about just having fun. And I think that’s when I first looked at him and saw how involved he was, his whole being. He could make himself shake and he couldn’t stop after the director said: cut. I thought: I’ve got to find out what it is inside him that moves him so completely emotionally that can get him to that state as George Eastman, not Montgomery Clift. To make the sweat literally come out of his body. To make his eyes actually fill with tears as George Eastman. Watching his intensity I learnt not to let it kill you, but that it wasn’t a game. That you had to feel it in your gut. And I think that’s when I first began to act.”
Lights, camera, action!
Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift on the set of “Raintree County”