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Who was that mysterious cowboy? Jon Favreau talks about the pic from Cowboys and Aliens

05.21.2010

Who's that man or very athletic woman wearing the cowboy hat in the picture taken by Jon Favreau?

As I suspected, it's Daniel Craig. Collider recently spoke with the director at the charity screening of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK who confirmed that it was Craig in the photo. The site asked if Favreau thought it would be tough for people to see Craig as a cowboy and not as Bond, "I know, if you look at him, we just did our camera tests. Thatís him. We couldnít really show too much because he didnít want to reveal any images on Twitter but I wanted to kind of get a sense of the feel of it. Heís also somebody who plays an iconic figure that has a long tradition. So to have him playing a cowboy, I feel very good now having shot him and worked with him and hearing his thoughts. And the whole cast is great. With each person we add, the enthusiasm grows, with Rockwell and [Paul] Dano, of course Harrison. So far itís great. The only thing thatís scary is weíre going to be shooting soon."

What did Favs think about an icon like Ford being in the film? "Heís like our John Wayne. Heís our generationís John Wayne. How do you separate him from the roles that heís played? Heís defined the whole genre so you have to take that into consideration."

Originally Robert Downey Jr. had the lead role, but dropped out of the project for another film. Obviously Downey would have been great to see. However, I was glad to hear that Craig would be taking over. Favreau elaborated a bit on the switch, "Well, I wasnít involved when Downey was involved. Once Downey had set up shooting a sequel of Sherlock 2, he was no longer involved with this one. So when I came on board this one, it was already an open project but they had a new script based on Kurtzman and Orci and Lindelof."

So...when do we get those screen tests of Olivia?

Sweet sassafras...
Extra Tidbit: Would you say that Ford is "like our John Wayne"?
Source: Collider

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11:40PM on 05/23/2010
This sounds pretty cool! I'm looking forward to seeing harrison as a cowboy. Has he ever been in a western before?
This sounds pretty cool! I'm looking forward to seeing harrison as a cowboy. Has he ever been in a western before?
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11:39PM on 05/23/2010
This sounds pretty cool! I'm looking forward to seeing harrison as a cowboy. Has he ever been in a western before?
This sounds pretty cool! I'm looking forward to seeing harrison as a cowboy. Has he ever been in a western before?
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12:46AM on 05/22/2010

Excited for this one...

Looks like he has a chew in...
Looks like he has a chew in...
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11:13PM on 05/21/2010
I think likening Ford to John Wayne isn't too exaggerated. I don't know if he reached QUITE the iconic status of the Duke, but Ford's always been my movie hero to measure others to.

Actually, I think Denzel Washington is a little closer to John Wayne, the champion of all that is good and just (except in Training Day), who wins in the end because he's right. People think Eastwood took over from Wayne, but he's the antithesis of Wayne, a man who doesn't give a shit if you agree with him or
I think likening Ford to John Wayne isn't too exaggerated. I don't know if he reached QUITE the iconic status of the Duke, but Ford's always been my movie hero to measure others to.

Actually, I think Denzel Washington is a little closer to John Wayne, the champion of all that is good and just (except in Training Day), who wins in the end because he's right. People think Eastwood took over from Wayne, but he's the antithesis of Wayne, a man who doesn't give a shit if you agree with him or not, and doesn't need your sympathy.
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10:25PM on 05/21/2010
Hmmm, yeah, I can see him as our John Wayne. He has that same icon status. Heck, the guy has put two of the most iconic film characters ever under his belt, and that is no easy feet. So yeah, i can see what he's saying. That's pretty cool though that Craig actually did the tests though. I'm really curious about this movie now.
Hmmm, yeah, I can see him as our John Wayne. He has that same icon status. Heck, the guy has put two of the most iconic film characters ever under his belt, and that is no easy feet. So yeah, i can see what he's saying. That's pretty cool though that Craig actually did the tests though. I'm really curious about this movie now.
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6:41PM on 05/21/2010

Hmm

Does that look like an alien in a cowboy outfit to anyone else? Maybe it's just the angle, but that looks nothing like Craig's face.
Does that look like an alien in a cowboy outfit to anyone else? Maybe it's just the angle, but that looks nothing like Craig's face.
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6:49PM on 05/21/2010
that's what I thought. It also lookks like an athletic woman from East-Germany
that's what I thought. It also lookks like an athletic woman from East-Germany
11:40PM on 05/23/2010
yea looks like an alien in a cowboy outfit to me too!
yea looks like an alien in a cowboy outfit to me too!
6:22PM on 05/21/2010
Ford=Indy.
If anyone would be "our John Wayne", it would be Jack Nicholson. Or Clint Eastwood. ..I'd go for Eastwood.
Ford=Indy.
If anyone would be "our John Wayne", it would be Jack Nicholson. Or Clint Eastwood. ..I'd go for Eastwood.
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2:34AM on 05/22/2010
Nicholson?
Nicholson?
6:18PM on 05/21/2010
Id say Ford was more of "our John Wayne" in the 90s. From Han Solo to Air Force One/Six Days Seven Nights he was "our John Wayne"
Id say Ford was more of "our John Wayne" in the 90s. From Han Solo to Air Force One/Six Days Seven Nights he was "our John Wayne"
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