Sunday, December 27, 2009
Tonino Delli Colli on Steve Reeves
Tonino Delli Colli: Steve Reeves didn't have much strength. Before we filmed, he would blow up his muscles one by one, with a series of small exercises. He did the job to make money, not because he cared about the work. He just took care of business and put some savings aside, and in fact after the films he became a businessman. He had a secretary who became his wife, and who was a relative of Jacqueline Kennedy. I don't know where she was from, but that's how the story was spread around. However, Steve Reeves was not an actor. Rather he was a muscleman who took his muscles seriously because they were his bread and butter, and he knew very well that if he wore a shirt and tie, he wouldn't be worth a cigarette butt.