Post by arthurbishop on Dec 26, 2009 20:31:02 GMT -5
Yul Brynner has recently become one of my favorite actors. To me, this man is screen presence. He always had amazing performances and a great physique to match. What do you guys think of Brynner? Also does anyone know if he and Bronson got along?
Agree Yul Brynner had great presence, but I don't think he and Bronson got along while making MAGNIFICENT SEVEN. From what I've read Brynner was the star (The King) and made sure everyone knew it. He was to be the focal point of every scene and Steve McQueen drove him nuts trying to steal scenes with tiny bits of "business". Seems the other guys, Charlie and James Coburn among them, were doing the same thing to a lesser extent.
Several years later Brynner made a movie at Warner Bros. called THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR, an apocalyptic sci-fi film where he went shirtless quite a bit despite being in his 50's. Big Bill Smith played the heavy and showed up on the set in a sleeveless vest wardrobe had given him. Brynner immediately went to the director and producer. Smith was sent back to wardrobe and given a shirt with sleeves to cover his muscles. Brynner wouldn't share the screen with him otherwise.
Recently, IMDB put a new entry in Bronson's page : the first episode of "FIRESIDE THEATRE" shot in New York in 1949. Bronson - in his very first appearence - shared the screen with Brynner and his wife Virginia Gilmore...
That is Big Bill. He played Arnold Schwarzenegger's dad in CONAN as well. Supposedly when the film was in early development back in the mid-70's Smith was under consideration to play Conan. Artist Frank Frazetta has said he based his Conan artwork on Smith.
When Arnold first came to the states in the late 60's Joe Weider took him to Smith's house. Smith had won the 200 pd World Arm-Wrestling Championship a few times at Petaluma. Arnold weighed about 250 at the time and challenged him. Smith beat him and Arnold was very upset at losing, told him in German that he was going to be a big movie star in America.
Smith's arms were over 18" cold and steroid free and quite envied for their natural hardness back in the day. As we've mentioned before, he could fight a little bit too.