Friday, August 10, 2018

Spaghetti Western Trivia ~ Burt and Jim

In the film “100 Rifles” a fight scene breaks out between Lyedecker played by Jim Brown and Yaqui Joe played by Burt Reynolds at the edge of a cliff. Deemed too dangerous for star Jim Brown the producers were going to higher John Wayne’s long time stunt double Chuck Roberson with instructions to the director, Tome Gries, to put black-face on him. Burt Reynolds refused to do the scene under those conditions stating it was not proper to put black-face on him, stating “Those days are gone, you better get a black stuntman here right now.”  

When the production manager stated it was not in the budget, and "Fox would never go for it" Reynolds paid $500 out of his own pocket to pay for a black stuntman.

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