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Ed Harris (Director, Co-Writer, Producer and 'Virgil Cole')

What do you think the appeal is for audiences of Westerns now? They seem to be more accepting of the genre again.

Ed Harris: "I don't know. We'll see what happens. I mean, I think they're pretty basic stories for one thing. They're not generally filled up with a lot of special effects. They're not inhuman. They're really human-driven stories or character-driven stories, you know? There's nothing in the way of that because back then there was nothing in the way of it. You dealt with what you dealt with. You had your horse, your buddy, your girl, whatever, your job. I mean, there was no TV, radio, phones, etc., etc., computers, email, blah, blah, blah, you know? Traffic... So, maybe that has something to do with it. I don't know."

Was this an easy one for you to adapt?

Ed Harris: "Well I don't know about easy but it was fun. You know, Parker's dialogue is so juicy and great to work with so Robert and I, my fellow screenwriter, we just approached it trying to make these characters as vivid as possible. You know, you have to edit a lot because if you did the whole book it'd be a three and a half hour film, but it was actually fun. You know, just getting into it. We worked on it probably four months, five months, every day and just tried to penetrate it."

Did you know all along that you were going to be starring in it when you started to adapt it?

Ed Harris: "Yeah. When I read it I kind of wanted to do it. I wanted Viggo [Mortensen] to do it with me, and I wanted to write it with my friend, and I wanted to direct it – so that's what I did."

And you got your wish. I'm hearing really good things about it. Why should audiences go see it?

Ed Harris: "You know what? Because it was made to be enjoyable and it is enjoyable. There's a lot of humor in it. And there's also some suspense, and it's a really good story. It's beautifully shot. Takes place in beautiful territory. And it's an age gone by. You're talking to some young guy who's 22, 23, he doesn't even know what a Western is unless he's gone out of his way to check it out. So it's a genre that I think will always have a place in American culture, and maybe some of the younger generation might check this one out. That'd be nice."

Co-Writer/Producer Robert Knott

Robert Knott: "It's a great film. It has everything you'd want in a movie. It has romance, it has action, it has drama, has relationships. And more importantly it's really special."

Do you feel like Westerns are coming more back in vogue now? Is that what's happening?

Robert Knott: "I don't know about that. I think that the movie-going audience, which is like 30 and under basically, you have to think about a lot of those people have never really seen a Western. They didn't grow up with Westerns so it's like, you know, if we can turn the cube a little bit and let them back in, yeah, there's that possibility. Will it ever take hold? I don't know. I think that it should because it's part of our culture and it's a time when time was lawless and innocent so there's a lot of opportunity in story and in character. You don't have to worry about cell phones or the internet. When you're writing story you can deal with the character. You can deal with what are you saying to me and what am I saying to you? Plus what's really great about this film, at least from my point of view, is it's not what's said that's important, it's what isn't said."

What's it like to work with Ed Harris when you're actually co-writing a script together?

Robert Knott: "He's a pain in the ass. "

Is he really?

Robert Knott: "Oh yeah."

So the rumors that he's a nice guy are totally untrue?

Robert Knott: "Untrue. Completely untrue. No, he's one of my dearest friends on the planet. There's probably not a man with a bigger heart that has more compassion for every person and every person's existence, and cares for everybody…"

And he cares for his audience.

Robert Knott: "Quality guy."
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