Lindsay: [Laughs] Craig: …and then you picked Mendacity to record it, no? But I have to tell you, that is my favorite word of all time, and there is a play in the works where that is, in some form or fashion, going to be my title. And I love the whole mendacity section in this play, and the play that I am talking about, which is Broadway right now with Scarlett Johansson in the role of Maggie the Cat, is Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. And my memory of it, I don’t have a lot of memories because we didn’t really enjoy the production, but my memory is that—and I had never seen it before.
Hayden already had received his certificates, she said. And you know, Maggie is trying to batter…she’s a battering ram against him to try and get through, and he is very not making it happen. [Play excerpt plays] Craig: Now, one thing I’ll say, I did not like the choice of music that was used, but I liked how the music was used. And Paul Newman just was so great at doing very little, and I think that’s where both Robert Wagner and Tommy Lee Jones falter… Lindsay: …in that there’s so much going on and there’s so much pain that this character goes through, he’s a big ball of pain. So to open up this clip and see her playing Maggie was shocking to me, and then in a good way. Lindsay: First of all, she’s not trying to put on a Southern accent like to beat the band. When I watched it, it surprised me because when I was watching it I was thinking, wow, this is really kind of like a very fifties kind of style, like an old-time style that they were playing in. Craig: This one just nailed me, and it was just for a short…I don’t even think that clip is a minute long. ” Craig: “Can’t stand you,” it just nailed me, and I thought it was fantastic. [Play excerpt plays] So then, on the complete other end of the spectrum, there is a 1976 TV version with Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner. Lindsay: And this to me is…I’m not quite sure I’ve seen anything so awful, like Natalie Wood is… [Play excerpt plays] Craig: I could not get over how cheap that production looked. There was no dramatic tension at all in that scene. Craig: Like they were in completely different scenes. It was very much, particularly Natalie Wood, just talking, and there was not a lick of character behind it. Lindsay: “How are you going to have a kid with someone who can’t stand you? It was the clenched-jaw school of acting, which is not just him because Tommy Lee Jones, we also have a clip with Jessica Lange, and he went to the clenched-jaw school of acting.