I have always thought Dennis Quaid's Doc was the most authentic because, as pointed out by Karen M., "...the real Doc had more fire behind his temper when it flared, and he had a polarizing effect on people." Additionally, Quaid lost more than 30 pounds to play the role, so he also was the most authentically frail and sickly actor to portray the tubercular gambler. What I liked most about Kilmer's spectacular take was that he was the youngest actor to play the not quite 30 year old Doc at the time of the street fight. I can't recall any other Doc who was less than 40 when they played him, although I have to admit that two of my favorites were way over the hill--Jason Robards in "Hour of the Gun" and Douglas Fowley in the"Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" TV show. Worst Doc? Victor Mature.
I suspect that the division of opinion pretty much breaks down along two lines of thinking. If what you are after from the performance is some semblance of historical accuracy/authenticity, then perha... more
I have to say Val Kilmer. Having said that - I have a nearly unhealthy affinity for “Tombstone” and the only other movie I’ve watched was “Wyatt Earp” where Dennis Quaid did the honours (and I’ve neve... more
Re: With bias and ignorance… — Bob Cash,Fri Apr 29 14:43
If you look at Dennis Quaid when he costarred in The Long Riders and put him beside John Henry Holliday’s dental school graduation photo, you’ll see that Dennis Quaid, at a similar age VERY closely re... more
...I agree with your appreciation of Dennis Quaid's portrayal. I've never seen Doc as a rogue charmer as many might like to envision him. I really find him thoroughly unlikable and I think he had a ha... more
Karen, I totally agree with your choice of Val Kilmer. He should have been given an Oscar for his performance... alas... Hollywood. I couldn't get thru "Wyatt Earp," either... much too long.