"The 'star,' on more than one occasion, quit the movie, which was rather inconvenient, as tens of thousands of dollars (of my own money, at that point) were being spent on every shoot. Even in the final cut, you can twice see Valentino furiously declaring his departure from the project. For a brief time, I thought I would have to make the movie a là Marlene, without a lot of screen time with Valentino. I even spoke to animators about creating a cartoon Valentino. Mercifully, whenever he quit, Valentino re-hired himself the next morning."
Christmas may be round the corner and though the festivities of the season are preoccupying the minds of most, we are a little more excited about the fact that the Oscars are only round the corner - cue fabulous and not-so-fabulous dresses and the general mania that sweeps Hollywood for that weekend. Outfits and hysteria aside, what's really got us excited at the moment is the fact that the Valentino film has been shortlisted for an Oscar.
The past few months have gone down well for Valentino Garavani. Despite being retired, the designer has been busy appearing everywhere from the Oprah's sofa to the red carpet at the premiere of his own documentary, 'Valentino: The Last Emperor'.
On Thursday the legendary designer was honored again in Beverly Hills, as he was presented with the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Award. Previous winners of the award include Tom Ford, Mario Testino and Donatella Versace.