Writing a novel based on real history and real people is difficult. The problem with history books is they can be a bit dry. I wanted to make my characters human and really breathe some life into them. My solution was music. There’s a song for just about every human emotion out there. Someone has broken up with their girlfriend? There’s a song about that. Feeling like an outsider? There’s a song about that too. Your best friend has just taken you on a bloody vendetta? OK, perhaps not that one but you get the idea. Continue reading “If Doc Holliday had a Song What Would it Be?”
Long before The Doc Holliday Series came into existence, I ran a Tombstone fansite called “Some of the Fellas From Tombstone.” In 2000, I interviewed Peter Sherayko who portrayed cowboy Texas Jack Vermillion in Tombstone. He worked as technical advisor for the film and is the head of The Buckaroos, a group of specialised performers with western knowledge. The Buckaroos worked on Tombstone providing horses, guns and equipment for many of the cowboy scenes. Continue reading “Behind the Scenes of Tombstone: An Interview with Peter Sherayko”
I found this story and I had to share. Apparently Bob Dylan is a huge fan of the movie Tombstone, so much so that he asked Val Kilmer to say some of the lines during a meeting they had. Kilmer wouldn’t quote the film in front of Dylan no matter how much Dylan prodded him. Val regretted it afterwards and his way of making it up to Bob is quite interesting:
…people still ask me to say lines and now I’ll tell any schmo in the airport, I’ll say “I’m your huckleberry”, but I wouldn’t say it Bob Dylan!
I felt so bad about it. I was like how could I make it up to him? So what I did was, I recorded “It’s Alright Ma, I’m Only Bleeding” but as Doc Holliday and I put in all of the big lines from the movie into the song and made him a little tape.
I’d love to hear the tape!
The original interview was done by KCRW as part of the Guest DJ Project. You can read a full transcript or listen to the interview here:
“I found him a loyal friend and good company. He was a dentist whom necessity had made a gambler; a gentleman whom disease had made a vagabond; a philosopher whom life had made a caustic wit; a long, lean blonde fellow nearly dead with consumption and at the same time the most skillful gambler and nerviest, speediest, deadliest man with a six-gun I ever knew.” — Wyatt Earp
Since I love horses and will watch most westerns because of the horses, the films Tombstone and Wyatt Earp were a great escape for me. But it wasn’t the horses that hooked me, it was Doc Holliday. He was an absolute obsession. Both Val Kilmer and Dennis Quaid did a wonderful job of portraying Doc’s character but I couldn’t help thinking that something was missing from the character. I wanted to find out what that was. Continue reading “The Story Behind the Story”