Monday, May 02, 2011

"When You Have to Shoot, Shoot, Don't Talk..."

It's been said that Clint Eastwood broke off his working relationship with Sergio Leone when he realized that the stories were steadily moving away from him. In many ways, it can truly be said that The Good, The Bad and The Ugly belongs to the Ugly, Tuco (Eli Wallach). In many respects he's the only human character in the film, and I think, one of the best characters in cinema history. The Good is an almost ethereal angelic figure who pops in and out, and The Bad is an almost purely demonic presence. Tuco, on the other hand, is grimy and gritty, and though thoroughly despicable, one can't help but root for him. I narrowly missed getting to meet Eli when Walter Hill tried to cast him in Undisputed, but at 87 years of age, Eli was in the midst of working a Broadway play.

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