Pic of the Day: “Fast-Walking” revisited

Today we take another look at Bullet, the junkie con of James B. Harris‘ prison drama Fast-Walking (1982). It’s interesting how the shadow of Timothy’s profile is almost another character in the film itself.

Fast-Walking

Tim found himself playing a prisoner many times in his career. The role of the convict offers many rich characterization opportunities; perhaps that’s one reason why he appeared to be drawn to them. Bullet is certainly a piece of work. I do believe this is the only film in which Tim uses foul language on-screen. In this instance the character demanded it, but that was something he certainly didn’t need to depend on during his acting career. His personality was enough to make a statement.

 

Pic of the Day: “Fast-Walking” revisited

Our pic today revisits Fast-Walking (1982), the prison drama directed by James B. Harris, the co-producer of Paths of Glory (1957) and the man who fired Timothy from that film. Ill-smelling junkie con Bullet appears delighted by the business plan being outlined to him by Wasco (Tim McIntire).

Fast-Walking

Harris did indeed fire Tim from Paths, after all his major scenes had been shot. His shenanigans on the set had proved too much, the last straw being the faked kidnapping. Harris knew, though, that it was really too late. “You’ve already stolen all the scenes!” he exasperatedly told Tim. Twenty-five years later, here he was working with Tim once again. I can only guess that things went much more smoothly this time.

Video of the Week: “Fast-Walking”

Before it gets taken down for “copyright infringement,” please enjoy this week’s video! It features most of Tim McIntire‘s epic drug monologue from James B. HarrisFast-Walking (1982). Our Timothy, as junkie con Bullet, is mostly silent but reacts to McIntire’s riff as if he were grooving on a fine jazz performance.

It’s very sad to contemplate that only four years after this film was released, McIntire was dead, having lost his own battle with substance abuse.

Pic of the Day: “Fast-Walking” revisited

Our pic today takes another look at Fast-Walking (1982), directed by James B. Harris, the producer of Paths of Glory (1957) and the man who fired Timothy from that film (“You’ve already stolen all the scenes!”). Here junkie con Bullet is mulling over the business proposal just outlined to him by fellow con Wasco (Tim McIntire).

Fast-Walking

McIntire was born into a Hollywood family, the son of character actors John McIntire and Jeanette Nolan. His promising career was cut short only four years after this film was made, when he lost his battle with substance abuse at the age of 41.

Quote of the Week

GL: So you had a lot of trouble with other actors.

TC: A few of them didn’t like what I was doing, yeah. I did a show with Bob Ryan once – he was great, but he wouldn’t allow a lot of takes. “This is it,” he’d say. Adolphe Menjou didn’t care much for me, either. He was a man of the old school, and when we were in Munich shooting Paths of Glory, he thought I’d disgraced the company with my behavior. I had a toy monkey with me, and I was walking around with holes in my shoes.

GL: James Harris, the producer, told me you embarrassed the crew, that the Germans wanted to throw the whole company out of the country.

TC: Harris fired me. He made sure I’d done all my scenes, then fired me the next day. Emile Meyer, the guy playing the priest when we are being executed, also didn’t like me. He wanted to punch me because in my death scene I was biting his arm, saying, “I don’t wanna die, I don’t wanna die” [laughs]. Kubrick pulled me aside and said [menacing whisper], “Make it good, Tim. Kirk doesn’t like it.” When he fired me, Harris said, “You’ve already stolen all the scenes!”

– Grover Lewis, “Cracked Actor”, Film Comment Jan/Feb 2004; interview conducted in 1992

Video of the Week: “Fast-Walking”

EDITOR’S NOTE 10/11/12: Has been removed by the user. Sorry about that.

Speaking of Fast-Walking (1982), here it is in its entirety! Not sure how this has managed to stay on YouTube for so long. Enjoy it before it gets taken down! Timothy first appears about 30 minutes in.

Fast-Walking was directed by James B. Harris, the man who fired Tim from Paths of Glory (1957). It also stars the late great Susan Tyrrell, James Woods, Kay Lenz, Tim McIntire, Robert Hooks and M. Emmet Walsh. It’s kind of sleazy but features some great performances. Check it out!

Pic of the Day: “Fast-Walking” revisited

Our pic for today revisits the prison drama Fast-Walking (1982), directed by James B. Harris, the man who fired Tim from Paths of Glory (1957). Wasco (Tim McIntire) is attempting to get Bullet (our Tim) in on his new drug-dealing scheme.

Interesting to see Tim, a complete teetotaler, playing a junkie here, while McIntire, playing a man who “never touches the stuff” (he’s only in it for the money), struggled mightily with drugs and alcohol for years. His demons finally killed him at the age of 41, four years after this film was made.