Mr. Soller in white
As I told you before... I was not a star, I was a day player.. I came in as a local talent from Phoenix and during those three years it was often true that we drove down for auditions because they had a new director every week, it seemed like and there was not a lot of consistency with the individual directors, so each one would need to see the same actors again in order to cast their episode.
They would shoot an episode in about two weeks and put it in the can, send it to LA to be edited and that episode would be televised in three weeks so, the next one was being shot with a different director at the same time. I suppose that's the reason why they used a different Director because the director had to go back to
They knew who the Young Riders were, obviously, and they also knew who the principle antagonist or foil was. Who they would be fighting against, represented by a bad guy or a group of people and so, we were part of window dressing as the background players. I mean, I had lines... I can't remember.. I think I had lines in all of them... I have a recollection of one scene, maybe my very first on camera scene, who was the young sheriff? The one that was in the early episodes...
Marshal Sam Cain, played by Brett Cullen.
I remember them walking around with the smoke machine.. I teach film Now have for many years at Phoenix college in Phoenix, Arizona, and one of the things we talk about was "McCabe and Mrs. Miller"(1971). It was the first time they used a lot of smoke to give ambiance light-wise and all that.. so the crew walked around with a little smoke machine and so right before they would roll camera, they would smoke up the room, kind of give it this 'dim-lit bar feel' and you can see it used a good deal in McCabe and Mrs. Miller.
There was a certain group of actors. Nancy and Earl Smith. Both photographers locally... Earl was in quite a few episodes.
And so, after the courtroom decision was made, the woman, the young gal, you'd know her name...
Yes, from the steps of the courthouse she would signal Steve Baldwin who was able to pick him off Earl at long range and prevent the good young rider from getting killed.
I tell my film students, the interesting thing about that episode, was that most of the courtroom scene for me was shot.. the shots of me with George Washington in the background, were shot later in the afternoon or evening with me alone on the set with the crew. And, all courtroom shots with all the people were done earlier on. So when the swung the cameras around and did the reverses I was alone in the courtroom... besides the camera people and the director [laughter]. All the rest of the stuff had been done. It was another one of the scenes shot on the outskirts of
was July.. and there were a lot of thunder
storms. So there were a lot of retakes there, 'cause we had a thunder
nearby and also it was on the flight path for the
I said, "No."
That one episode with Josh Brolin, I was a store keep in that. He was teaching me as we went along. We were very close to each other and someone came in behind him and I was supposed to look over his shoulder and I actually, physically moved to look behind Josh… he told me all I had to do was shift my eyes to the right and spot the bad guy behind him and how to do that and I thought it was good film acting lesson. He obviously had a lot of experience.Mr. Soller played the store keeper in "Debt" and was one of the many towns people that turned his back on Matt, causing his death.
I have this wooden gun with a clothes pin attached to hold a rubber
band on it
to be used as toy ammo. I bought it for my son Ben who went down there
shoot. I remember Josh and Steve horsing around having some fun with
I got the cast to sign the barrel and handle. It's got all the
it. Who knows, it might even be valuable?
in "The Debt"
Talk about a man with a great memory and some fun, fun stories! A huge thanks to Mr. Larry Soller for answering our questions!