Sunday, December 03, 2006

Indians cast to play Indians

What a switch! Does anyone else remember them casting just about anyone as an American Indian back in the 1970's? I can't find a web picture of it, but the side kick from the Wild Wild West was often an "indian," by giving him a long, straight black wig.

Apparently, that's the only thing that distinguishes Indians from Anglos - long, straight, dark hair.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

The other credentials they had to have was know how to say 'How!' and look good on a horse in a loincloth!

I think Kevin Costner with "Dances with Wolves" was a leader in that department.

Oh! Also again Mel Gibson...when he hired Scotsmen to play Scotsmen in 'Braveheart'! ;)

Fair Dinkum, mate! Even the Aussies used Mel Gibson to play an Aussie in 'Mad Max' (1 & 2), 'Tim', 'Gallipoli' amongst others!

Sunday, December 3, 2006 at 3:41:00 PM CST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just had to add, Don...I can't help have long, straight, dark hair...or did until you had a haircut!

Do you know how to say 'How'?

I know how to say 'When'? What's that make me?

Sunday, December 3, 2006 at 4:38:00 PM CST  
Blogger Don said...

It's my Cherokee ancestry coming to the fore. I look like my grandfather, who looked like his grandfather, who was full-blooded Cherokee.

Yes, I look vaguely indian, but that's not my beef. It's the old 1970's shows with white guys or asian guys with long wigs cast to play indians.

At least Mel Gibson goes for reality.

Monday, December 4, 2006 at 8:35:00 AM CST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess my Aussie humour has gotten me into trouble once more! I understood your 'beef' and concur.

I've not seen you on a horse in a loin-cloth...that's you in a loin-cloth, not the horse! Whoops...I'll take my jokes and sneak off Down Under! ;)

Monday, December 4, 2006 at 10:37:00 AM CST  
Blogger southerntragedy said...

Lee, I've got the horse and will make a loin cloth! C'mon down! I'm sure we could convince him he would look good! I'll be the cowgirl and he could be the Indian!

I give Mel a lot of credit here. Kuddos!

Monday, December 4, 2006 at 9:50:00 PM CST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're on, southerntragedy! This could be a lot of fun!

Tuesday, December 5, 2006 at 11:03:00 AM CST  
Blogger Don said...

Just remember that I take a custom-made loincloth: 34 inch waist, and 36 inch inseam. More like a loin blanket, really. ;)

Wednesday, December 6, 2006 at 9:32:00 AM CST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Almost too much information! We can do without the loincloth.

Wednesday, December 6, 2006 at 12:21:00 PM CST  
Blogger gtotracker said...

This topic brought to mind two names I have not seen in a while. Will Sampson and Chief Dan George. Have'nt seen One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest or The Outlaw Josey Wales in some time, good movies to rent when next the weekend weather sours.

Wednesday, December 6, 2006 at 7:30:00 PM CST  
Blogger gtotracker said...

BTW, I am not trying to make a point or anything. Thinking about all the nameless fakes caused me to remember these gentlemen.

Wednesday, December 6, 2006 at 7:47:00 PM CST  

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