Classic Westerns are filled with familiar situations and characters â€” ironhanded sheriffs and outlaws, and clannish townsfolk who fear the Indians and distrust outsiders. Cowboys & Aliens, based on a graphic novel series, has all of these, and more. As the title of the film suggests, the Southwest town of Absolution ainâ€™t seen nothing yet!
Jon Favreau (Iron Man) caught the alien bug and signed on for the challenge of directing the genre-blending film. He chose Daniel Craig, best known for being the most recent James Bond, to star as an amnesiac who holds the key to defeating the invaders. Craig â€” a fan of films such as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Blade Runner and Alien â€” watched as many Westerns as he could, then fell into the role. â€śIâ€™m in the desert and Iâ€™m wearing chaps,â€ť Craig says. â€śI rode on a horse every day and I got paid to do it, so I couldnâ€™t have been happier.â€ť
Craigâ€™s costar Harrison Ford, who plays the town leader, says that settlers and Indians alike would have no idea what was occurring when the invasion happens. â€śThe only possible context is the one that was given to them by the preacher in town. The aliens were possibly demons and remained demons throughout the telling of the story.â€ť
â€śCowboys & Aliensâ€ť is available starting Dec. 6 on Video On Demand. Check your cable system for availability.
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