I had worked with Bob on several projects. He was quite a character and, working with him on “Blood and Wine”, I got to meet Jack Nicholson. He had a lot of stories and insights. One of them was how he wanted to just grab a few crew on “Mountains of the Moon” and get some shots. Guerilla Indie style. But many crew members wanted either more guy or bodies to bring with him. Suddenly, most of the crew was on this ‘guerilla team’. So then he had to sneak into the jungle to get his shots – away from his own crew.
Bob Rafelson (February 21, 1933 – July 23, 2022) was an American film director, writer and producer. He is regarded as one of the key figures in the founding of the New Hollywood movement in the 1970s. Among his best-known films as a director include those made as part of the company he cofounded, Raybert/BBS Productions, Five Easy Pieces (1970) and The King of Marvin Gardens (1972), as well as acclaimed later films, The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981) and Mountains of the Moon (1990). Other films he produced as part of BBS include two of the most significant films of the era, Easy Rider (1969) and The Last Picture Show (1971). Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces and The Last Picture Show were all chosen for inclusion in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry. He was also one of the creators of the pop group and TV series The Monkees with BBS partner Bert Schneider. His first wife was the production designer Toby Carr Rafelson. His eldest son is songwriter Peter Rafelson, who co-wrote the hit song “Open Your Heart” for Madonna.