Jun 19Liked by Liam McEneaney

A stunning part of this story is that Gene Wilder was not the original Waco Kid - he joined production *after* shooting had started as a favor to Brooks, whose original Waco Kid (Gig Young) quickly (in his first scene) proved to not be up to the task. Brooks quickly called Wilder, who hoped on a plane to join the production in progress and take over the role. It is hard to imagine the movie without Wilder’s sincere and empathetic Waco Kid.

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