James Garner admitted feud with Great Escape co-star Charles Bronson: ‘Pain in the a**!’
The final instalment of Channel 5’s three-part documentary ‘The Great Escape’ airs tonight at 9pm. The programme details real-life events which inspired the famous Hollywood film, after 76 men tunnelled out of a prisoner of war camp as part of a mission to cause massive disruption in the heart of the Third Reich. Tonight’s episode details the respective routes taken by the escapees and the events which followed the 77th man being spotted by a sentry.
The World War 2 escape was immortalised 19 years later when it was turned into a film, featuring a star studded Hollywood cast.
Steve McQueen led a massive ensemble cast which also included acting icon Mr Garner, legendary British actor, director Richard Attenborough and one of Hollywood’s most successful box office stars, Mr Bronson.
‘The Great Escape’ is one of the most iconic films in history and propelled the careers of much of its cast to stratospheric heights, yet behind the scenes there was tension on set between two of its biggest stars.
In Mr Garner’s 2011 memoir, ‘The Garner Files’, the actor is candid about his acting colleagues and takes aim at Mr Bronson in particular.