SIMON AND GARFUNKEL: A New Take on Why They Broke Up the Act
Who broke up Simon and Garfunkel? According to The Hollywood Reporter, actor and commentator Charles Grodin thinks it was movie director Mike Nichols.
Grodin, who spoke at Wednesday night's screening of the duo's 1969 documentary Songs of America at the Paley Center in New York, produced that film. His take was that things soured when Nichols cut Simon's part out of the movie Catch-22. "That was the beginning of their split-up... I just think this is outrageous -- you don’t take Simon and Garfunkel and ask them to be in a movie and then drop one of their roles on them. You just don’t do that." With Garfunkel away for months shooting on location, Simon got what might be considered his revenge by writing "The Only Living Boy in New York." Garfunkel, who was on hand for the screening, agreed.