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« : November 11, 2002, 07:13:39 PM »

Since this is a brand new board, I figured I'd start some posts.  ;D

Who were the actors that Leone wanted to star in this film before Eastwood?


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« #1 : November 11, 2002, 09:36:01 PM »

Wasnt it Henry Fonda and Charles Bronson? ???


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« #2 : November 12, 2002, 08:11:57 PM »

Much to my surprise Stuart Whitman claimes he also was offered the role.

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« #3 : November 12, 2002, 08:44:05 PM »

Steve Reeves, Harrison are names that are mentioned. Reeves was pretty good in LONG RIDE FROM HELL, but can't imagine him as the man with no name. He lacks moral ambiguity which Eastwood got perfectly.

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« #4 : November 12, 2002, 08:54:13 PM »

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« #5 : November 27, 2002, 02:59:25 PM »

Most often mentioned: Henry Fonda,James Coburn,Cliff Robertson,Charles Bronson,Eric Fleming (and more I'm sure).

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« #6 : April 22, 2003, 10:02:21 AM »

Do you suppose the movie would have been as significant if another more established star had starred in it?

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« #7 : April 22, 2003, 01:36:49 PM »

Really hard to say.  You got a whole new kind of film, an atmosphere never seen before with a fresh appearance of a modest, beginning actor.  So it's the whole package that does it.  The perfect recipe... (kind of like spaghetti ;)).  If it were another actor, maybe it would be quicker found as a cheap and weird western movie and one would wonder what a big star does in such kind of film.  Or the film was a riot and people would have liked it but the star probably wouldn't have grown to be the great western icon next to John Wayne.  I'm only guessing, pity I didn't live the 60s...


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« #8 : April 22, 2003, 07:22:05 PM »

I grew up as a kid watching Clint Eastwood on Rawhide on TV along with other westerns. I happend to see FFDM first and was blown away. Not only by the realistic violence but by the portrayal of characters who were not all either black or white but shades of gray. I didn't even realize the "man with no name" was Clint at first, so good was Leone's direction and Clints portrayal.

Now maybe another well known actor may have been able to pull off the same feat, maybe not.

Again this is an example of Leone casting a charcter actor against type. Clint as Rowdy Yates in Rawhide was a good natured second bannana character who tried his best. Clints antihero was another animal entierly. A don't tread on me rattlesnake of an anti hero.

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« #9 : April 23, 2003, 02:59:00 PM »

You got a way of expressing yourself, Joe... 8)


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« #10 : April 28, 2003, 06:57:27 PM »

Yeah, I would imagine that some of the appeal could have been the fact that not much was known about Eastwood at this point in his career, unlike some of the other actors that were considered for the role. There was something mysterious about the man with no name.

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« #11 : July 08, 2003, 11:09:42 AM »

Absolutely. I think a well-known lead would've distracted from the film's ability to twist the western genre the way it did. Leone didn't have much of a budget, and as a result didn't get the actor he wanted, but he arguably wound up with a much more influential movie than he would have without Eastwood, who had key input on the development of that character.


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« #12 : July 10, 2003, 02:32:01 AM »

. Leone didn't have much of a budget, and as a result didn't get the actor he wanted,

Absolutely. It's the main point. Leone was unknown , production was Italian-Spanish-German with many money problems, Rawhide was unknown (in France surely, may be in whole Europe) and Clint too.

I can't imagine this poor project hiring a star like Henry Fonda.

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« #13 : June 18, 2004, 10:05:57 AM »

these are the ones i remember hearing about.

henry fonda
james coburn
charles bronson
cliff robertson
eric fleming




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« #14 : June 19, 2004, 01:04:07 AM »

richard harrison actually recommended it to eastwood having been offered it himself - probably regretted it for the rest of his life.


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