Duvall’s problems with lonesome dove

Duval had a problem with the  Lonesome Dove cast. They need to make last moment casting changes.  His main problem with the casting was one small but pivotal role: that of Blue Duck. As you well, know Blue Duck returns to terrorize Gus and the other members of the Hat Creek Cattle Co. as they journey from the dead-end Texas town of Lonesome Dove to the more fertile ground of Montana during  the film.

Duvall was displeased because a full-blooded Comanche Indian whom he had recruited to perform a screen test for the role was rejected. Duvall’s choice, who was not a professional actor, received a lesser role in the film. “They wanted a name,” Duvall complained. “Somebody suggested Rudolf Nureyev; somebody else wanted Klaus Kinski. I mean, it was ridiculous. Now, Freddy (Forrest) did all right in the part, but Freddy was not right for the part, and he knew that. And when they brought him in, they didn’t give him a chance to prepare–the poor guy was frantic.”

Although Duvall credited producers Suzanne de Passe, Bill Wittliff and Dyson Lovell for doing battle with the network to preserve the integrity of the film. Lovell said it was he, not CBS, Lovell made the decision to cast Forrest as Blue Duck. Indeed, Lovell said the network maintained a hands-off posture with the producers. He said he sought in his casting choices to blend well-known TV stars with feature film actors to create “a special-event package.” The cast includes Diane Lane, Tommy Lee Jones, Danny Glover, Robert Urich, Ricky Schroder and D. B. Sweeney. (http://articles.latimes.com/1989-01-31/entertainment/ca-1321_1_lonesome-dove) Again that is all I have for today folks. Meet me at the same time next week. Thanks for reading, if you liked this, please leave a comment and share with your community.


  1. Ron says:

    Freddy forrest was awesome for the part.He acted like he had knowledge of the white mans ways.Especially when Blue Duck thought he could fly.

  2. Joel says:

    I thought Forrest was great as Blue Duck. He was a half-breed, not full Comanche. One of the all-time villains, IMO.

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