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How Kurt Russell Saved Tombstone – ManlyMovie

How Kurt Russell Saved Tombstone

It’s well known that classic western Tombstone went through some shooting difficulties, with director George P. Cosmatos brought in to rescue it.  Cosmastos was a known ghost director though and it was long rumored that Kurt Russell actually directed (like Sylvester Stallone allegedly directing Rambo II).

In a blog post yesterday,  Val Kilmer revealed that while that’s still true, it was Russell that worked his ass off to salvage what the original director had done in that first month. He helped the film so much that when Cosmatos came aboard, with only two days prep, he wouldn’t fall behind schedule because the studio wouldn’t allow for any delays:

“Kurt is solely responsible for Tombstone’s success, no question. I was there every minute and although Kurt’s version differs slightly from mine, the one thing he’s totally correct about is how hard he worked the day before, for the next day’s shot list, and tremendous effort he and I both put into editing, as the studio [Hollywood Pictures] wouldn’t give us any extra time to make up for the whole month we lost with the first director.

I watched Kurt sacrifice his own role and energy to devote himself as a storyteller, even going so far as to draw up shot lists to help our replacement director, George Cosmatos, who came in with only two days prep.

I was very clear and outspoken about what I wanted to do with my role, and actors like Powers Boothe, who we just lost, and Bill Paxton, were always 100% supportive, even in the blistering heat and sometimes as the day would fade, at the possible expense of their own screen time. I would even go up to [Russell] and whisper, ‘Go for another…’ meaning another take when I thought he could go further, but in the interest of the schedule, he would pound on…

I have such admiration for Kurt as he basically sacrificed lots of energy that would have gone into his role, to save the film. Everyone cared, don’t get me wrong, but Kurt put his money where his mouth was, and not a lot of stars extend themselves for the cast and crew. Not like he did.”

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  • Kurt Russell is awesome. The more I hear about him, the more I like him.

  • John Ashton

    Great film, be interesting to hear what Kurt would say about all this. Val is amazing in this too, like award-winning amazing. Is there a documentary on the making of the movie? I don’t have it on DVD or Blu Ray, keep meaning to add it to my collection. Will put it on my Christmas wish list I think 🙂

    • French Predator

      cast was awesome as the acting.

  • French Predator

    Director’s cut is slightly better.

  • Republicant

    Old news. We knew this over 20 years ago.

  • Mucho Macho

    A manly testosterone 90s classic that kicks ass. A great western that featured Kurt Russell ,Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott, Charlton Heston, Michael Rooker, Michael Biehn, Stephen Lang plus two manly men that are unfortunately no longer with us, Bill Paxton and Powers Boothe. And on top of that it was directed by the genius director of such manly classics “Rambo: First Blood Part 2” and “Cobra”. These ingredients amount to greatness.

    It was the early 90s and a lot of us still fortunately had movies like this that helped shape our youth and our identities. Now boys get one stupid Seth Rogen movie after another were all he does is “act funny” because he’s high on marijuana while he freaks out with Zac Efron or James Franco.

  • Haseeb Uddin Ahmad

    A mate of mine watched it and said it was brilliant, even quoting a Kurt Russell line. This was back in 1994 but I have never seen this movie ever. Kurt Russell though is the ultimate geezer. I take my hat off to him for getting the movie finished and helping the others out.

  • Eric Hutchison

    Kurt Russell is one of the best people, not just actors, in Hollywood.