A RECENT CINEMA RETRO POST POINTS TO AN CNN.COM ARTICLE IN WHICH ED HARRIS TALKS ABOUT THE MAKING OF APPOLOOSA…
Ed Harris took Old West self-sufficiency to heart with his latest film.
Ed Harris did a number of tasks in putting together his latest film, "Appaloosa."
First, Harris secured the rights to Robert B. Parker's Western novel "Appaloosa" and pitched it to buddy Viggo Mortensen, who agreed to co-star with him in the saga of two upright pals aiming to clean up a lawless town.
Then Harris co-wrote the screenplay, produced and directed the film and put in 10-hour days to help edit it.
Harris even followed the singing-cowboy trail, co-writing and crooning a rootsy song for the end credits.
Appropriately, Harris was on a horseback-riding trip with his family in Ireland in 2005 when he read Parker's book. Harris said he had read some of Parker's "Spenser" mysteries and picked up "Appaloosa" because it "had a cool cover and looked like a neat book.
"Then I just started reading this thing and was totally delighted with the relationship between these two guys," Harris said in an interview at the Toronto International Film Festival, where "Appaloosa" premiered.
"I read the first couple scenes, literally, probably read 35 pages of the book or less and called my agent and said, `Find out if this is available,' because it just tickled me."
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