Tuco, etc.
Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:16am

I'm so glad you mentioned Tuco! I have always said that Eli Wallach stole that movie and should have had an Academy Award. He was brilliant, funny, awful, and fantastic all in one. All my friends were Eastwood fans, too, and I always felt a bit odd being the LVC cheerleader. I first fell for Lee when I was 18 years old (58 years ago) when my fiance and I saw For a Few Dollars More at the Spuce Drive-In in South San Francisco, California. Boy, was I smitten! Hasn't gone away in the last 58 years. Gave up the fiance a long time before that.

I don't suppose there's any harm in wanting to know all that we can know about him. It's human. I had a husband who was not only possessive, he had a serious alcohol problem and I couldn't handle it. Every drunk is different so I guess decisions like stay or go are very individual. My sister had a serious drinking problem, too so I ran into it much too much of it. It is a sign of insecurity (among many other things) and I'm sure LVC battled various emotional problems over his lifetime. However, he did his job very well and can be forgiven much.

I like old TV westerns, so I've seen many of LVC's appearances on TV (other than The Master). I've seen him in an episode of "Laramie", a couple of Wagon Trains and a few others. He was so different in his younger days, sans moustache, and he obviously got better with time.

  • Thanks for your comments!Maggie, Fri Jul 13 7:13am
    Oh well, I did not mean to blame anybody for anything, I can also understand that people turn to drink with all the problems you mentioned, and a certain stereotype about having to be a real man and... more
    • Tuco, etc. — LVCFAN, Fri Jul 13 8:16am
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        was the one with the most creative role and license. He really must have had fun shooting the movie. And without him, the movie certainly would have lacked colour. I think my romance started at about ... more
        • FFDMLEEFAN, Fri Jul 13 3:52pm
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