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I can't recall if that was in...
Sun Feb 4, 2018 11:58am

...Wallach's autobio or not, but I rather doubt it: Eli tended to live by the "If You Can't Say Something Nice, Don't Say Anything at All" rule, in my experience. (At least, in Public. What he did in private, I only have from limited sources. We did exchange a couple letters, tho.)

Maybe you read those points in the Frayling book, then? The one I referred to earlier, SERGIO LEONE: Something to Do With Death.

In any case, I'll nod to your superior, Steel-Trap of a Memory, bobO. ;)


  • I remember readingBob 0, Sat Feb 3 6:50pm
    years ago that Leone offered Fist Full of Dynamite to Eli Wallach. Wallach accepted but the money men on the picture insisted the role go to Rod Steiger. So Leone had to call Eli and inform him and... more
    • I can't recall if that was in... — DCG, Sun Feb 4 11:58am
      • Eli and LeoneBob 0, Mon Feb 5 4:35am
        I didn't mention this as it was so negative but I better. When Eli was told by Leone the part had gone to Rod Steiger, Eli said he was furious and told Sergio he had gotten out of another job so he... more
        • Eli and Once Upon a Time WestBob 0, Mon Feb 5 4:42am
          Also remember Eli being asked why he turned down the part of waiting for Charles Bronson at the train station at the beginning of the film. That Sergio wanted him, Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef in ... more
          • Clint and Once Upon a TimeBob 0, Mon Feb 5 4:50am
            I have read Clint Eastwood was offered Harmonica which means he would be in the Bronson part but Clint turned Leone down saying he was through with that style and moving on. Lee said he turned down a ... more
            • Possibly, bobO...DCG, Mon Feb 5 7:20pm
     seems reasonable that LVC, now clearly earning the Big Bucks (and Lead roles) at the dawn of the Spaghetti Westerns' Golden Age -- and yes, I am punning off the "Golden" part of that -- that... more
              • In Lee's interview...Bob 0, Mon Feb 5 9:46pm
                the funny thing was Lee said he couldn't remember why he turned down the role in Once Upon A Time. Then added possibly he didn't like the way it was written. I wondered if he may have wanted to avoid ... more
                • Lee and C'Era Una Volta il WestTheBad7, Sat Feb 10 1:28am
                  I remember that interview very well--the Cox interview from May 1978. I agree that Lee probably wanted to avoid reverting back to the minor supporting parts he'd been doing since he started in the... more
                  • If Leone.....Bob 0, Sat Feb 10 3:43am
                    If Leone had gotten Bob Wilke and Sheb Wooley instead of Jack Elam and Woody Strode, I think Lee would have done it. Either Leone lied about offering it to Clint, Eli & Lee or it was a second offer... more
                • Of course, bobO...DCG, Tue Feb 6 9:16am
                  ...after I logged off, I remembered the line from Lee's interview with Alex Cox in 1978. Guess I had a Senior Moment, there! ;) By the way, anybody reading this who hasn't read the "essential"... more
                • PartBob 0, Mon Feb 5 9:52pm
                  But to me likely he was didn't want to say the part was too small. It's reasonable to guess it was that part because Lee was in the High Noon scene. Lee did say in the interview he would work for... more
    • Been real busy lately ...Doc, Sat Feb 3 9:23pm
      but I still manage to at least read the posts. Major props to you and DCG for passing on such interesting information. First I've heard of any of this. Very enjoyable reads. Keep up the good work. I... more
      • Good research!Maggie, Sun Feb 4 11:34am
        DCG, no worry, the question was not explicitly addressed to Aaron, but the thanks for the uploads of course was. You did some sophisticated digging here, I did not know all that! Considering that he... more
        • Thanks, Maggs...DCG, Sun Feb 4 12:13pm
          ...I try to provide as accurate information as I can, at any given time. ;) Sometimes, that's not quite feasible, so I offer what's available, as I did, here. I'm fairly certain bobO's embellishments ... more
          • Not too bad...Maggie, Sun Feb 4 3:25pm
            I never really thought about top ten, but with me the movie should be more or less the same, within the top ten though, I suppose. Hmmmm.... I think I will draw up a list tonight, far better than... more
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