Let’s kick off the week with another look at Bullet, the junkie con of James B. Harris‘ prison drama Fast-Walking (1982). Here he expresses his displeasure with Wasco’s (Tim McIntire) money-making scheme.
As we all know, Harris is the man who fired Timothy from Paths of Glory (1957). As Harris recently recounted in an interview with Film Comment, “I got a call at six in the morning from the Munich police, saying Tim had been found abandoned on the highway, bound hand and foot, claiming he’d been kidnapped. They thought production was responsible, looking for publicity, that it was a staged act. I said I knew nothing about it, but we needed him to work—they were holding him down at the police station. I told them that Tim was making up this story because he wanted the publicity, not us. So they said they would accommodate us by bringing him to the film studio—they were gonna interview him there. But Tim wouldn’t agree to the statement he was supposed to sign, he kept changing things about it. So I went up to Tim and said: ‘We’re all waiting for you. Sign the paper and get to work.’ And he wouldn’t sign the paper, so I fired him right there.”
This week’s video is the tail end of Timothy’s pivotal scene from Fast-Walking (1982), directed by Paths of Glory (1957) producer James B. Harris. Junkie con Bullet tries to pull a fast one on Wasco (Tim McIntire), but soon comes to regret it.
I’ve expressed my reservations before about this rather sleazy film, but the two Tims definitely make it worth a look. Check it out!
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).
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.
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. Harris‘ Fast-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.
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).
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.
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.
I was very saddened to learn of the death yesterday of actor Susan Tyrrell. Like Timothy, she was a free spirit who could not be put in a box. Her only film with Tim was Fast-Walking (1982). Regretfully, they did not appear onscreen together. Our pic of the day nonetheless is from that film and is dedicated to her. Here Timothy’s junkie convict Bullet is being summoned to a meeting with Wasco (Tim McIntire) by Squeeze (John Friedrich).
There is a wonderful interview with Tyrrell in the same issue of Psychotronic Video magazine (#6, Summer 1990) that has the interview with Timothy. She will always be Queen Doris of the Sixth Dimension to me. Rest well, Susu.