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Sep 7, 2007

IT’S HIGH NOON AGAIN FOR LONG-NEGLECTED GENRE

September 7, 2007 — WESTERNS, which have been headed for Boot Hill for 30 years, get a reprieve with “3:10 to Yuma,” an extremely well-acted and well-directed remake of a 1957 oater based on a short story by the then-obscure Elmore Leonard. Russell Crowe and Christian Bale capably step into Glenn Ford and Van Heflin’s old roles in what used to be called a psychological Western back in the day, when “3:10″ was often compared to “High Noon” because of its focus on fulfilling a civic responsibility on a ticking-clock schedule.In this handsomely produced remake, poor, one-legged farmer Dan (Bale) has accepted a $200 bounty to help deliver stagecoach robber Ben (Crowe), whom he has helped to capture.

All he has to do is take Ben to Contention City to catch that train to Yuma for a date with the hangman.

The journey to the train will take two days, and riding shotgun with Dan are wounded, leathery bounty hunter (Peter Fonda, excellent), a veterinarian (Alan Tudyk) and the somewhat shady railroad official (Dallas Roberts) who has hired Dan.

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Sep 7, 2007

Though the 1957 adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s short story “Three-Ten to Yuma,” retitled numerically, was something close to a classic Western, there are a number of reasons for it being remade.

One could be that young moviegoers have not seen, or would ever be inclined to see, the original with Glenn Ford as a sly but captured outlaw and Van Heflin as a man charged with delivering him to justice.

Despite its quality, its lack of blood splatter and “Deadwood”-dirty dialogue makes it as much an artifact as a chaste Doris Day sex comedy. That would make it ripe for updating — as it essentially was with the Bruce Willis-Mos Def shoot-em-up “30 Blocks,” though Leonard was not troubled by credit or royalties.

Another would be that Russell Crowe was willing to cowboy up as the outlaw Ben Wade, which would give the film a leg-up despite its old-timey setting. There is nothing quaint or sober about the new “3:10 to Yuma,” which takes Leonard’s original 4,500-word story and director Delmer Daves’ 1957 movie to places neither man would have imagined — adding scenes and layers of modernized motivation. The surprise: It remains, underneath all the decoration and heavy artillery, a good yarn.

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Sep 7, 2007

3:10 to Yuma

Everyone is talking about 3:10 because a lot of the people involved—including star Russell Crowe and notoriously fickle director James Mangold—are rumored to be acting like babies. Girlie stories abound. My friend who hit the premiere described it as “funeral.” Ouch. In any case, I would bet the players are grumbling because they’ve seen The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and are realizing that Assassination will pretty much own the western come Oscar season. They should get over it. • Read full story »

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Sep 6, 2007

Actor Christian Bale winces when he catches sight of his painfully thin torso in television screenings of The Machinist , because he can’t believe he put his body through so much abuse for a movie role. The usually-buff Bale lost 60 pounds (27.2 kilograms) for his part as an insomniac industrial worker in the 2004 film, a trick he repeated for recent Vietnam drama Rescue Dawn. And method actor Bale admits he sometimes goes too far to achieve onscreen realism. He says, “Looking back on those roles, I might not have done it the same way. “But I didn’t think much about it back then. I was just in the part and getting into these characters, and it seemed like the natural thing to do. “Then, I’d see myself on screen and think, ‘Oh my God, what was I thinking?'”

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Sep 6, 2007

Movie star Christian Bale spent so much time sleeping between takes on the set of new western 3:10 To Yuma director James ManGold feared he was working with a narcoleptic. Bale eventually explained that was his method of preparing for the next scene. Mangold says, “(Bale) would be in the corner somewhere, with his eyes closed and his head propped on a set piece. Sometimes he’d fall asleep. “You’d almost think he’s narcoleptic. But, in reality, I think it’s a way he stays focused.”

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Sep 6, 2007

It’s not makeup that has Christian Bale looking dirty, wind-chapped and sunburned in “3:10 to Yuma.” He spent a month earning every bit of that cowboy grit by riding horses and firing revolvers in the sweltering New Mexico desert.

Bale plays weathered rancher Dan Evans in the remake of the 1957 Western film. And, as with every character he plays, Bale melts into the role, disappearing behind Dan Evans’ dirty fingernails and scruffy beard. • Read full story »

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Sep 6, 2007

“It seems strange — a lot of actors I’ve met since making 3:10 to Yuma say ‘Ah, damn, you got to make a Western.'” Christian Bale on getting to live out the cowboy fantasy [AV Club]

“I’d love to do a Western.” Clive Owen, proving that Christian Bale is not making things up [Coming Soon]

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Sep 5, 2007

With his recent credits including “The Machinist,” “Batman Begins,” “The Prestige” and “Rescue Dawn,” Christian Bale is on what can only be called a hot streak. But about five years ago, pre-“Machinst” and post-“American Psycho,” nobody wanted to cast him in anything.

“Well, a couple of people did, but it was for very bad things,” the versatile, Welsh-born actor remembers. “And so [for me] was kind of realizing, ‘OK, I have to reevaluate, reinvent at this point.'” • Read full story »

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