Among the topics they discuss in the documentary opening Friday, September 28, in Los Angeles ; their careers, their friendship, insecurities about their appearances & rude male directors they have encountered.
Also discussed is Laurence Olivier, Joan Plowright's husband for 30 years & Maggie Smith's in a 1964 National Theatre Gallery production of Shakespeare’s Othello (who wore backface for the role).
“Darling Frank Finlay,” Smith says in the film of their co-star, who played Iago, “he came offstage one night. He flew to the corner and he started tearing at his eyes. I thought, ‘What has happened?’”
Finlay, who had vision problems, had decided to try contact lenses for the first time that evening.
“He said, ‘I have just seen Sir Laurence, and I never want to see him again.’ He couldn’t get [the contact lenses] out fast enough . . . he couldn’t see his hand in front of him. Poor man.”
Sources: the Vanity Fair tweet Vanity Fair Varity The New York Times