Marc Blucas Talks About 'The Alamo'[Thursday, June 5th, 2003]
Matt Blucas spoke with About.com about what is was like working on The Alamo.
How is “The Alamo” going?
It was unbelievable. We just finished. One of the best, most professional experiences of my life.
I've never been on a horse in my life. I think I'm on horse more than I am on foot in that movie. I had an unbelievable horse-chasing scene. It was one of those moments as an actor where.. You know, there's not many times where you are alone and you get an opportunity to be in a full-on action sequence by yourself. Usually you are always in scenes where there is dialogue and other actors, and you are sitting around a dinner table or sulking over your girlfriend, or something along those lines. But this was just an opportunity to - and again, not growing up on a horse - to be trained by the best. These were cowboys, these were not like LA stunt riders. They were full-on real cowboys. They finished this movie and they go back to the ranch. So it was a great group of guys.
How long did you have to train?
We were there for five months so in all my days off or any time I wrapped early or started late I was riding. But you know, there was a few moments where the saddlehorn wasn't my friend. We almost went flying overboard a few times (laughing).
What was the set like?
It was the biggest set ever built in the United States. It was on 53 acres. It was on a 2000-acre ranch so you didn't see a house, you didn't see a power line, and you didn't see a car. You couldn't help but be transported to 1835, that's just what it was. It is historically to scale. It's historically perfect. It's phenomenal. John Lee Hancock's vision for this movie, and Ron Howard/Brian Grazer, deserve unbelievable amounts of credit. I'm so excited to see this final product because, present company excluded, it was a brilliant cast and a great crew.
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