In 3:10 to Yuma, Peter Fonda plays a Pinkerton agent named Byron McElroy who holds a grudge against notorious bandit Ben Wade, played by Russell Crowe.
"We're both bad guys," Fonda mused when JustPressPlay talked to him for the film's press, adding: "Russell's low, but I'm a snake."
In the original 1957 3:10 to Yuma, the McElroy character doesn't exist. Neither did he appear in Elmore Leonard's original short story; which became the source for these two movies. In this new version by Walk the Line director James Mangold, McElroy is a man that has crossed path with Wade before, and after taking a bullet from Wade's gang in the film's opening action sequence, he vows to see to it that Wade gets delivered to the 3:10 train headed straight to Yuma prison. The journey there leaves room for a lot of tension between McElroy and Wade.
Fonda recalled that working with Crowe on the set was not quite as bitter as their characters.
"[Russell] is a very serious actor. He was very concentrated. He works very hard," he said. "He did some things for us that improved scenes. Not re-staging, but refining the stunt gags [during] the fights, because he has done [that kind of work before]."
Given the opportunity, we also couldn't resist asking Mr. Fonda if he's going to return for a Ghost Rider sequel.
"I hope so! It would be a huge payday," he exclaimed as the room burst into laughter.
"They surely can't shoot it without Mephistopheles!"
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