Milos Forman was about to throw in the towel on his career when he got a call asking if he would like to direct One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. Already an internationally acclaimed filmmaker (Loves of a Blonde, Fireman’s Ball) when he arrived in this country, his first American film, Taking Off, had not been financially successful, and he was about to give up and go back to Czechloslovakia.
At the time the call came, Forman was living down the hall from Oregon filmmaker, and famed Chelsea Hotel eccentric, Harry Smith.
Good thing Milos was home when the phone rang! Here he is, twenty years and two Oscars later.