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Eli and Once Upon a Time West
Mon Feb 5, 2018 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 parts that ended up with Jack Elam, Woody Strode and Al Murlock. Eli said he had never heard of it. That Leone didn't ask him.

  • 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 West — Bob 0, Mon Feb 5 4:42am
      • 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
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