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« Reply #30 on: May 27, 2009, 09:12:42 AM »

What I meant was in a modern film (not a remake of OUTITW) just having Eastwood play a despicable child killer or something similar would possibly have the same impact that Fonda did then.

Ok... so i still agree with myself Smiley

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« Reply #31 on: May 27, 2009, 09:28:40 AM »

No, I insist. It couldn't have the same impact because Eastwood's screen persona given to him by Leone is that of a sob: what has this got to do with the one Fonda had until 1968?

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« Reply #32 on: May 27, 2009, 01:39:13 PM »

He's still a "good" SOB though, practically all heroes are some form of good SOB nowadays.

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« Reply #33 on: May 27, 2009, 03:10:30 PM »

ok, so I missed the point. I have to give the edge to Fonda but Eastwood would invoke a pretty strong reaction.

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« Reply #34 on: May 27, 2009, 08:12:43 PM »

Now i'm a bit confused... What are we talking about?

the experience of a modern viewer seing Clint now in a remake VS the 1968 audience seing fonda at the time

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a modern viewer seing OUATITW now VS a modern viewer seing a remake with Clint?


First of all, I would to thank the members of the board for their valuable contributions to the thread. What I meant through this thread was, how Clint would have fared had he been given the chance to play Frank's character in O.U.A.T.I.T.W. back in 1968. I know Clint Eastwood is ten years younger to Charles Bronson and with a little make-up he would have been made to appear older than he really was at that time (38?) Of course, it is difficult to imagine that Clint would have surpassed Henry Fonda, but I am sure he too would have come up with as strong performance as Fonda's, had he been offered the role then.

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« Reply #35 on: May 28, 2009, 06:18:45 AM »

He's still a "good" SOB though, practically all heroes are some form of good SOB nowadays.

CJ, in so positing you're completely dodging the OP's original question.

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« Reply #36 on: May 28, 2009, 11:36:30 AM »

Grogs, I obviously didn't understand his original question, now that he's clarified it I say definitely and emphatically say NO.

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« Reply #37 on: May 28, 2009, 02:03:42 PM »

Fair enough. Afro

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« Reply #38 on: July 13, 2009, 05:28:06 PM »

Morgan Freeman?

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« Reply #39 on: July 14, 2009, 01:11:45 PM »

Morgan Freeman?

Now that might be interesting.   Smiley

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« Reply #40 on: January 24, 2010, 10:43:42 AM »

I saw an interview Henry Fonda gave and he said himself that he was well aware of people reacting to his role in terms of "My God! It's Henry Fonda".  If Eastwood had played Frank, it would have been the same transition from Blondie to Frank as Lee Van Cleef had already undergone when changing from Mortimer to Setenza.  It would simply have been a near-baddie taking the plunge and being the baddie.

A few people have said John Wayne would have caused a stir in a role like Frank but even he was an anti-hero at times, especially in The Searchers and to a degree in Liberty Valance.  It is no stretch of the imagination to see Wayne playing Frank having seen him as Ethan Edwards.

One "good guy" who could have played Frank superbly would have been William Holden: see The Wild Bunch for proof.

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« Reply #41 on: January 27, 2010, 08:58:58 PM »

One "good guy" who could have played Frank superbly would have been William Holden: see The Wild Bunch for proof.

Warren Oates could've played Cheyenne.
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I wouldn't want it that way but I could see it.

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« Reply #42 on: January 28, 2010, 04:06:28 AM »

Jimmy Stewart could probably have pulled of Frank also with the same shock value.

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« Reply #43 on: January 28, 2010, 07:25:57 AM »

Jimmy Stewart could probably have pulled of Frank also with the same shock value.

Yeah but I don't see him doing it convincingly.

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« Reply #44 on: January 28, 2010, 12:36:18 PM »

Yeah but I don't see him doing it convincingly.
Grin That would be totally hilarious. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ja90EpsZ7Zs

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