Thursday, September 4, 2008

Appaloosa hitting screens soon

With Hamlet II now playing in theaters, the next NM-shot movie to open wide will be Appaloosa, directed and co-written by star Ed Harris, appearing with Viggo Mortensen, Jeremy Irons and Renee Zellweger. In limited release on September 17th, it plays nationally starting October 3rd.

Having big stars tends to lead to big press -- so we might expect some more good coverage of New Mexico for a few weeks to come.
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From Hollywood to Tollywood:
...Production of Appaloosa slowed when New Line Cinema and producers became concerned with how well a Western would perform at the box office during a season with such anticipated blockbusters The Dark Knight. Diane Lane originally signed on to play Allie French, but left the project when the film stalled. The movie got back on track due to the success of the Deadwood series on HBO and the film remake of 3:10 to Yuma. Harris enjoyed working with Viggo Mortensen in A History of Violence and had him in mind for the part of Everett Hitch. While publicizing A History of Violence at the Toronto Film Festival, Harris handed Mortensen a copy of the novel and asking him to read it and consider playing the part. Harris said it was "a totally awkward proposition, handing another actor a book like that," but Mortensen agreed to take the part after responding well to the character and the relationship dynamic between the two characters. Harris said he wanted to make the film because he was drawn to the "unspoken comradeship" of Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch. "Though they've been hanging out for years, they're not too intimate, but they know each other. Aside from in sports, or being a cop, I can't think of any other situation where a friendship like that is called for." Mortensen felt similarly, saying, "I like to ride horses, and I like Westerns, but there are a lot of bad ones. What set this one apart is just how the characters are a little more guarded."

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