Wednesday, May 03, 2023

Sad Uno, Rudy Wurlitzer and Sam Peckinpah

 May 3, 2023

   Kathy is in Japan visiting the kids, so Uno and I are baching it. If this photo is any indication, the boy is a little sad about his mama being gone.

Unocito Triste

   Taped another YouTube video this morning on Billy the Kid's legendary escape from the Lincoln Courthouse, so I pulled out a handful of Kid books from my library and refreshed myself on the events leading up to the alleged "Hello, Bob," utterance. I also wanted to be versed on the movies and one of the books I had forgotten about is "The Authentic Death & Contentious Afterlife of Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid: The Untold Story of Peckinpah's Last Western Film" by Paul Seydor. Here are a couple tidbits I had forgotten:

   Sam Peckinpah wrote a screenplay adapted from Charles Neider's fictionalized treatment of his 1956 novel "The Authentic Death of Hendry Jones," which is set in northern California and the two main characters, Hendry Jones and Dad Longworth are based on Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett. Peckinpah wrote his script in 1957 for Marlon Brando, but then Brando wanted Stanley Kubrick to direct but Stanley didn't like Sam's script so they fired him and wrote another script, then another, and long story short, this became "One-Eyed Jacks." So Peckinpah had some history with the Kid and Pat long before he set out to do his only Western based on historic characters.

   Here's a couple nuggets from the book.

Bob Dylan told me "he'd heard I was doing a Billy the Kid film and was there any way he could be involved."

—Rudy Wurlitzer, screenwriter on "Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid"

   When Dylan was introduced to Sam Peckinpah on the set in Durango, Mexico, the cantankerous and clueless director allegedly said, "I'm a big fan of Roger Miller."

Trailer's for sale or rentRooms to let, 50 centsNo phone, no pool, no petsI ain't got no cigarettes

Ah, but, two hours of pushin' broomBuys an eight by twelve four-bit roomI'm a man of means by no meansKing of the road
—Roger Miller, "King of The Road 

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