"When I was 22, I came to Rome without a penny. And I was helping a photographer, and one day a friend of his who was a photographer from De Laurentiis studios asked to take close-ups of me. Those photos ended up on the desk of John Huston. He asked me to meet him in this hotel […] and he looks at me and says, ‘Now undress!’ He wanted to see my body because I was playing Abel (in the Bible) and he needed to see. He looked at me very carefully and then said I could go."
Oh what a delightful surprise for a Thursday -- the website Little White Lies has a new chat with the actor and eternally gorgeous movie legend Franco Nero up where he talks about his 60-plus year career, including that beautiful and precious nugget of information there about its auspicious beginnings, and... I didn't know you had it in you, John Huston. Nero also talks about working with Fassbinder on Querelle -- he says Rainer came up to him in a bar and told him he was going to be in his next three movies -- as well as Tarantino, I recommend checking it out sooner rather than not sooner!