Hi, I'm Troy McClure. You may recognize me from the soviet endeavors such as "Split the Bill" from 1939, "Imperial Overreach" from 1945, a string of films that I really don't remember only that they was shot in 1953, 1956 and 1968 and of course my favorite "My own Vietnam" from 1979. Last one is out of my hands since 30 years ago, but it has produced numerous sequels and spinoffs and I don't want to brag, but I was involved in the pre-production in 1978.
And "My own Vietnam" may sound like some kind of moody television film, and I admit that it does really smacks of cribbing. But the show was and is so different so that even the makers of the original doesn't seem to care about it. All is fair in art and war, right? Right?
But the most embarrassing points in my career was when I in 1932 self-cribbed myself by making a remake of the film from 1921. It was really embarrassing. The plots was identical. The only difference I made was to change the scenery and the costumes, but on a shoestring budget.
And I may sound like someone that has it just easy. Just running his mouth here. And there is something in excellency that we all can aspire to, actors or not. But the most interesting series of films was put up by someone's ancestors, waaaayyy back in the Bronze Age. What they called the films we don't really know. But we call them the "Palace Economy Cycle". And this is where it gets really embarrassing for me:
From what I've learned they spent centuries on perfecting their craft. Without any drastic changes imposed by the producers where the script writers, set designers, costume makers etc had to pick up the extra cost. They just spent centuries to perfecting their craft. Imagine that!
And in hindsight, you could say that I could have done the same thing. But if I had given myself centuries I wouldn't be me.