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Friday, September 5, 2008
Ed Harris' 'Appaloosa' at Toronto
TORONTO, Canada -- Press kicked off early on Thursday morning with the "Appaloosa" junket. It's a Western based on Robert B. Parker's novel, which stars and is directed by Ed Harris. Harris has cast Viggo Mortensen as his fellow hired gun, Jeremy Irons as a local thug and Renee Zellwegger as a mysterious widow.

The movie is the kind of subtly written and acted work you would expect of Harris -- and it is a great showcase for both his talents and Mortensen's.

Mortensen in person is modest bordering on shy -- and quite earnest, but in a way that mostly suggests he has very personal feelings about the film.

Ed Harris is, aside from being extremely attractive, quietly excited about the film, which has clearly been a passion project for him. Jeremy Irons talks about watching Paul Thomas Anderson's "There Will Be Blood" during filming and realizing his accent in "Appaloosa" and Daniel Day Lewis' in "There Will Be Blood" are basically the same.

They all clearly enjoyed the experience of filming a western in the desert near Santa Fe, New Mexico. It sounds like a grown-up version of playing cowboys and indians but with really expensive props.

-- From CNN's Katie Walmsley in Toronto

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