He seemingly has been around the Olympics since the days of
Baron Pierre de Coubertin, but this year is only Bud Greenspan's
50th as a Games documentarian. His upcoming movie on the Salt
Lake City Olympics will mark the seventh in a series of official
Games films the 75-year-old has produced and directed.
SI: Which title do you prefer: Dean of Sports Documentarians,
Poet Laureate of the Olympics or Bud the Olympic Stud?
Greenspan: Do you know how to spell G-E-N-I-U-S?
SI: You directed Denzel Washington in his first TV movie, the
Wilma Rudolph story. Are you responsible for his success?
Greenspan: He never calls me anymore.
SI: You recently located footage of Sonja Henie at the 1924
Olympics. Has anyone suggested that you shot the film?
Greenspan: People have suggested that I've been at every Games
SI: Your 2002 film about the Games will debut about the same
time as the new Star Wars film. Are you concerned?
Greenspan. Not the least bit. We'll kill them.
SI: We want to suggest a title for that film: Since you did one
called 16 Days of Glory, how about 17 Days of Mormons?
Greenspan: (laughing) No comment.
SI: Whose deep, foreboding voice is on your films?
Greenspan: Until seven years ago it was my brother David's.
People asked me where I found a guy with such a great
voice--they thought I was kinky when I told them I auditioned
him in my bedroom.
SI: You're not related to Fed chairman Alan Greenspan, are you?
Greenspan: He should have my money.
SI: Don't you know that glasses are usually worn over your eyes,
not on top of your head?
Greenspan: Johnny Carson says I'm the only man who can see out of
the top of his head.
SI: You wanted to be an opera singer when you were a kid. How
does Domingo, Pavarotti and Greenspan sound?
Greenspan: Like a law firm.
SI: Finally, if we ask nicely, would you sneak us into the
ladies' figure skating finals?
Greenspan: All you have to do is ask.
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