Monday, August 24, 2009

Eli on Lee

From THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND ME In My Anecdotage
by Eli Wallach

One of the underestimated aspects of THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY was Lee Van Cleef. Lee was an experienced professional. As "the bad", he gave the film its needed vitality, danger, and force. He was tall, dark-haired, with sparkling black eyes and a mustache. Part of his right index finger was missing. Leone always liked to use non-actors with disabilities - legless war veterans, for example - and he focused his camera on Van Cleef's finger during the final cemetary shootout.

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