Clint Eastwood’s Western co-star ‘I used to be the one man to sleep with him’ | Films | Entertainment | EUROtoday

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Following A Fistful of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More, Clint Eastwood returned for a 3rd outing as The Man with No Name in Sergio Leone’s traditional Dollars Trilogy of Spaghetti Westerns.

In reality, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – which is on ITV4 tonight – would go down as probably the greatest of the style, however it was removed from a cheerful set that was filled with feuding and harmful stunt.

The 36-year-old Hollywood star would find yourself sporting the identical poncho he did within the first two movies with out having it cleaned and initially wasn’t pleased with the script.

According to Patrick McGilligan’s Clint: The Life and Legend, he instructed Leone: “In the first film, I was alone. In the second, we were two. Here we are three. If it goes on this way, in the next one I will be starring with the American cavalry.”

Eastwood was involved that “The Ugly” co-star Eli Wallach would upstage him, however ended up accepting the film with a charge of as much as $250,000 with a Ferrari and 10 per cent of the earnings within the US. Both actors then flew out to Madrid collectively for the shoot, nonetheless, they discovered the lodges had been absolutely booked up. As a end result, The Man with No Name star invited Wallach to sleep at his buddy’s home the place the 2 stars ended up sharing the identical mattress. The latter’s spouse Anne Jackson mentioned upon listening to this that he might boast to be the one man to sleep with Clint Eastwood.

The Ugly actor ended up having a tough time on the movie, nearly being poisoned after consuming from a bottle of acid {that a} movie technician had put subsequent to his soda bottle. Wallach wrote in his autobiography that whereas Leone was an unimaginable director security was very lax amid the harmful stunts they had been performing, along with his life being threatened a pair extra occasions.

Another was when filming the scene the place The Ugly is sat on a horse with a rope round his neck to be hanged. After a gun is shot, the horse was speculated to bolt however turned so scared it ran for a mile with Wallach nonetheless having his fingers sure. Luckily the noose had severed beforehand.

The third time was when he was chained to a physique and needed to sever the hyperlinks on a railroad observe as a practice glided by. However, the crew and actor weren’t conscious of the heavy iron steps that might jut one foot out of each boxcar. So if he’d stood up on the improper time he might have been decapitated. Meanwhile, Eastwood himself was changing into fed up with Leone as a director for all his calls for and perfectionism.

Eastwood, who has simply directed his remaining film at 94, hated smoking cigars and the filmmaker typically insisted on a number of takes, exhausting his actors by capturing the identical scenes from many various angles. Wallach mentioned his co-star would typically inform the director: “You’d better get it this time, because I’m going to throw up.”

By the time filming was accomplished, he’d had sufficient and the 2 by no means labored once more, despite the fact that the director tried to pursue him for 1968’s Once Upon a Time within the West. Leone wished Eastwood to play Harmonica, a job that finally went to Charles Bronson in that image.

Years later, when capturing Once Upon a Time in America within the Eighties, Leone had his revenge, evaluating him to Robert De Niro within the new film, he mentioned: “Eastwood moves like a sleepwalker between explosions and hails of bullets, and he is always the same—a block of marble. Bobby first of all is an actor, Clint first of all is a star. Bobby suffers, Clint yawns.”