TIFF 2008: Fest Watch

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“Appaloosa” comes to T.O.

Toronto Globe and Mail

September 6, 2008

Inane questions

The cast of Ed Harris’s western Appaloosa all deserve sheriff’s badges for weathering – with humour and amazing good grace – some totally inane questions directed their way at the opening, embarrassing press conference at TIFF.

The first no-brainer question lobbed their way was whether it was easier to be naked on screen or shoot big guns. “That’s a total load of rubbish,” Jeremy Irons, looking floored, responded. Harris jumped to his rescue, saying, “It’s definitely easier to be naked and shoot guns.” Renée Zellweger was then asked if she liked tacos (the movie was shot in New Mexico.) Looking equally askance, she gamely smiled: “Did you say taos?” to which Harris interjected and said, “No, tacos.”

“Oh yes, the tacos were great,” Zellweger replied, and the cast collapsed in laughter.