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APPALOOSA

About The Production
I don't kill people for a living, I enforce the law. Killing is sometimes a by-product. -- Virgil Cole

When Ed Harris embarked on a family horseback-riding trip in 2005, he brought Robert B. Parker's novel Appaloosa along for the journey. A character-driven tale about honor and camaraderie set against the backdrop of the Old West, the novel captured Harris's attention.

"I was immediately drawn to the relationship between Cole and Hitch. After I read the first few scenes between these guys, I fell in love with their dialogue and their friendship,” says Harris. "These are two tough guys who've been riding together for more than 12 years and they just know each other. They don't have to talk about their feelings necessarily, there's an unspoken understanding between them. They're very comfortable with one another and respect each other, and they have a great sense of humor together.”

Executive producer Michael London also gravitated to the source material. "I felt strongly about the novel from the first time I picked it up. There was something about the interplay between these two guys. There's a traditional buddy movie at the core of the story.”

"What is most fascinating to me about the story is that it explores how Hitch and Cole's friendship deals with the unexpected,” says producer Ginger Sledge. "It examines the potential for good and bad in each character.”

Realizing Parker's novel was more than just a good read, Harris saw the cinematic potential and teamed up with Robert Knott to collaborate on the screenplay. "We explored the ways friendship could be expressed on screen through both the silence and banter between Cole and Hitch—how each of them played such an integral role in supporting each other along the way, how they dealt with the fear of death or lack thereof, and how they understood each other's needs,” remarks Knott, who also serves as a producer on the project.

In addition to writing the screenplay for "Appaloosa” with Knott, Harris made the decision to direct and produce the film. He also stars in the role of Virgil Cole. "Ed is absolutely perfect for the part,” says author Robert Parker. "He looks the way I thought Cole would look. He has this economy of movement that Cole has. Ed has a distinct sense of self-containment; he's never in a hurry, but he's still a beat faster than most people. He also has a ‘he-does-what-he-sets-out-to-do' kind of attitude, which is not unlike the character of Virgil Cole.”

"Ed brings an amazing strength of character that's in every frame of the movie,” says executive producer Michael London. "He has a very powerful, quiet presence, which he brought to the character.”

In "Appaloosa,” Virgil Cole is an expert gunman who is committed to his trade as a man of the law. "Whether it's the law that he brings to a town or the law of a territory, that is his life's work,” offers Harris. "He believes in justice and in treating people fairly. He has a bit of a temper, but he's also got a sense of humor about what he does. He's a very loyal individual, and you see this in his friendship with Everett Hitch.”

Harris's first and only choice for the role of Everett Hitch was Viggo Mortensen, with whom he'd shared the screen in "A History of Violence.”

"I had just finished reading Appaloosa at that time we shot ‘A History of Violence,' and I gave it to Viggo and told him that I really wanted to make it into a film with him in it,” recalls Harris. "One of the greatest things about Viggo is his sense of loyalty. He's a man of his word. Once he committed to the project, he was completely on board.”

"We see eye to eye,” says Mortensen of his experience working with Harris. Mortensen was also drawn to the subtlety in the screenplay's dialogue and the friendship between two lawmen in the Old West. "I th

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