What do you guys/gals think about Vivien Leigh's affair with Peter Finch? How do you view his role in the whole thing?
In my opinion, I sort of blame him for the problem. Vivien claimed (to Peter's wife, Tamara) that she didn't love Peter, and only slept with him because Larry was becoming distant. Larry, I assume, was becoming distant because Vivien's manic depression was getting more and more out of control and he had a hard time dealing with it. However, Larry said in his autobiography that when she had her breakdown in Hollywood in 1953, Vivien claimed she was in love with Peter (Peter, who wasn't there for her during her time of need--it was David Niven who stayed locked in the house with her in Hollywood while Larry flew over from Italy to take her back to England). Larry said he wondered where Peter was during all of this.
I think it's sad that Vivien went after Peter, but for all purposes, he could have and should have said "No." He was happily married and had a young daughter, and knew Viv wasn't all there. It seems that Larry felt angry that she cheated on him (he told his son, Tarquin, that Viv had betrayed him) but at the same time, it seems he allowed it to go on because Peter took some of the burden of dealing with Viv off of his shoulders. Despite the fact that I like Peter in Network, it seems he was kind of a jerk. He really didn't do Viv any good and he sort of tossed her aside for Larry to pick up the pieces. The Finches ended up divorcing over the affair, and I think it was really a huge factor in the break up of Larry and Viv as well.
What do you think of it?