“The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated”
So said Mark Twain from London to the press in the United States after his obituary had been mistakenly published.
The recent internet posts claiming Kris Kristofferson and Tom Selleck have died are lies.
I guess some fool thinks that’s funny?
It does furnish us with more evidence however,
that whatever you see and read on the Internet can be complete crap.
(Except here of course)
Kris has been advising us for some time
that’s he likely leaving soon.
In music alone he leaves several (many?) Classics.
and he’s some decent Film work as well.
So before you before you leaves us Kris I’d just like to express my Thanks
as we’ve enjoyed your work for a good many years. Thanks Kris.
You will be missed.
Meanwhile … Tom Selleck
Is still going strong.
“God created all men … They say Sam Colt made them equal … more or less.”
– Matthew Quigley (Tom Selleck) Quigley Down Under/ 1990
Kris made a few TV Westerns during this period. TV Westerns are often sneered at as being low budget fare. But budget is really only one factor of several that make up a Movie/Western production. Script/Writing, Direction, Casting, Star Power, Acting, and several other factors all combine for the quality of a film.
What I’m saying that most of Kris’s Westerns in this period were really pretty good. Not Classics, but worth a watch.
Kris’sKristofferson’s Western film career started off with a definite Bang!! TWO HUGE BANGS to be exact. He first Starred in Sam Peckinpah’sPat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973).Peckinpah wasalready a controversial figure – and the story surrounding the making and dismemberment of Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid is legendary stuff – Sam eventually walking away from the project – the movie undergoing several edits – resulting in 3 different versions.
Kris’s second Western – Heaven’s Gate (1980) may be the most controversial movie project in Film History – bankrupting United Artist Film Studio – due to the outrageous behavior of Director Michael Cimino – equally as controversial as Peckinpah.
The parallel between Pat Garrett and Billy the Kidand Heaven’s Gateis amazing: Two controversial renegade Director’s – possible both genius’s – who made two controversial Western movies – which were both dismembered by their respective Studios – ending up in multiple versions of each – but which were ultimately manifested into what many people consider as Westerns Classics. The verdict is still out on Heaven’s Gate– but Pat Garrett and Billy the Kidis in solid. And Kris was in both of them. Amazing stuff.
In 1986 Kris made two Westerns: A remake of Stagecoach andThe Last Days of Frank and Jesse James. Stagecoach Starred Kris, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and Waylon Jennings. The Last Days of Frank and Jesse JamesStarred Kris and Johnny Cash. Willie had a bit part in that one too.
Yep … these guys eventually formed the Country Music Supergroup TheHighwaymen.