R.I.P. Mike Nichols.
The Graduate was directed by Mike Nichols and was the first R-rated movie I ever saw. It was April 1968 in Newport, Rhode Island, I was fifteen, and my parents took me.
There are many, many stories about Mike Nichols, but one of my favorites is about when he was directing the original production of Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple” with Art Carney and Walter Matthau on Broadway. He and Matthau did not get along and after one particularly nasty exchange between the director and actor, Matthau came down to the apron of the stage and said, “Okay, Mike, can I have my balls back now?” Without missing a beat Nichols snapped his fingers and yelled “Props!”