The first question people have when they hear the title is: what is Smash His Camera all about?
Well, it's something that Jacqueline Kennedy allegedly said to one of her bodyguards after Ron Galella (the subject of the film) had been photographing her.
Who is Ron and why is he famous?
Ron Galella is the first American paparazzi. The term comes from Fellini's great film "La Dolce Vita," which has a character named Paparazzi who's a kind of celebrity stalking photographer. Ron heard it, picked it up, and designated himself the world's greatest paparazzi. "I'm paparazzi superstar." He was pretty much alone back then. He had his own tactics, and he lived by his own rules and he was very smart and rather than go where everybody else would go, he'd find out where a celebrity lived. He had patience. And he was a very good photographer who ended up taking some of the most beautiful pictures of celebrities ever captured.
Most people knew him as a villain, as this despicable stalker/photographer. That's the way he was portrayed in the '60s and '70s on TV, on the radio, in magazines, in newspapers. I would tell people about the project I'm working on: "What's it about?" "Ron Galella. Have you ever heard of him?" "Oh. That guy." Everybody had that opinion.
There are many people who have covered celebrities over the years. What made Ron an icon in this business?