Hardly. The next time you read a story about Hollywood watching its pennies, it might be worth noting the sometimes brilliant and always bizarre former producer, whose credits include "Rosemary's Baby," "Love Story," "The Godfather" and "Chinatown. Evans is close to 80 and hasn't had a producing credit since 1999's memorable "How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days" - and yet, as Nikki Finke reports, his Paramount deal has been renewed once again. Why is this happening? Because he's best buds with 84-year-old Sumner Redstone, who is head of Paramount parent Viacom and obviously likes the idea of having old coots on the studio dole. From Finke's Deadline Hollywood:
Here's my favorite Industry story about Bob: I was waiting to interview a Paramount mogul who was 45 minutes late, so I started chatting up the secretaries in the office. And one of them leaned over to me and whispered, "I have a question maybe you can answer. There's this guy with long stringy hair and weird dirty clothes who stops by from time to time. Someone told us he used to run Paramount." I thought hard for a half a second, and then I brightened. "Oh, it's Bob Evans. Yeah, he ran production at the studio. Got convicted for cocaine. And then was implicated in a murder. Welcome to Hollywood." The secretary's eyes went wide.