There's a recent interview with Clint Walker at the following site. He mentions bunking with Charlie during the making of THE DIRTY DOZEN. Looks like Charlie's height was added into the text by the interviewer from other sources.
Clint Walker is interviewed in "Shock Cinema" and is asked about Charlie. He mentions Charlie was very concerned about his height and said that was one of the reasons he was stand-offish with fans. He didn't want them to realize how short he was. Walker tried to tell Charlie that his height didn't matter, and brought up James Cagney as an example. He said fans, and Walker counted himself among them, considered Charlie 7 feet tall.
Walker says that Charlie only approved his casting in "The White Buffalo" if their scene together could be staged with Charlie standing and Walker, who was 6'6", sitting.
Well, I think casting directors should take great pains to cast a movie well. Personality, age,and yes, even height and weight. I'm 6-1 and weigh 210 pounds with only 11 percent bodyfat, and if I were starring in a movie with top-billing and they wanted to cast someone who was 6-5 or 6-6, then there better be a damn good reason! Casting can make or break a movie - or a star.
Studied TaeKwondo, competed in Point-Karate for 13 years, Professional Armwrestler, won 2 National Championships, 2 World Records, won 30 out of 36 street fights. Live in the country with my wife, Ann, my three cats, Leo, Baby girl & Calico. I still train 4 times a week & still armwrestle.
Post by Mean Little Ass-Kicker on Jun 10, 2012 9:50:41 GMT -5
It's a shame he was so concerned about his height. I mean he was a legitimate bad-ass no matter how tall he was. I think it makes him even tougher and more talented to be regarded that tough despite being pretty short.
You make sounds like you're a mean little ass-kicker... only I ain't convinced. You keep talking and I'm gonna take your head off.