Lonesome Cowboy Tire Cover
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Show off your Lonesome Cowboy Tire Cover. The cover features a boldly printed logo that will last for years without fading.
Its elastic tie down provides an easy fit while the heavy gauge vinyl material ensures long term use, providing the perfect way to show your Jeep pride when you’re on the go.
Lonesome Cowboy Tire Cover. If John Wayne hadn’t heeded the advice of John Ford, Larry McMurtry might never have written the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Lonesome Dove. If James Garner had been in better health at the time the novel was adapted into an epic miniseries, he, not Robert Duvall, likely would have been cast as Augustus “Gus” McCrae.
And if scriptwriter-executive producer Bill Wittliff had ordered something other than oysters during a preproduction dinner with director Simon Wincer, someone other than the Australian-born filmmaker probably would have taken the reins.
Yes, it’s all true. As McMurtry and director Peter Bogdanovich often have noted, they were greatly pleased by the result of their first collaboration — The Last Picture Show, the classic 1971 film based on McMurtry’s novel — and hoped to reunite for a second project, a western with the working title Streets of Laredo. Bogdanovich had hoped to sign John Wayne, James Stewart, and Henry Fonda for lead roles in the film. But when Ford cautioned Wayne not to be part of the elegiac western drama, The Duke dropped out, and the project fell apart. Years later, McMurtry reworked his original script into a novel titled Lonesome Dove.
As it turned out, McMurtry later wrote a sequel to Lonesome Dove and called that book Streets of Laredo. When it was adapted into a 1995 miniseries, James Garner essayed the lead role of retired Texas Ranger Woodrow F. Call. But back when Lonesome Dove was filmed in 1988 for a 1989 airdate, Garner was offered the part of Call’s longtime buddy, Gus McCrae. When he had to pass on the part, Duvall got the phone call he’d been hoping for.
Lonesome Dove was green-lit for production in 1988 by CBS, the same TV network that had recently aired two well-received miniseries directed by Simon Wincer — The Last Frontier (1986), a drama about cattle ranchers in Australia, and Bluegrass (1988), set in the world of Thoroughbred racing. Because of Wincer’s TV track record, and because he had also directed features back in his native Australia, CBS executives were comfortable with the idea of him at the helm of Lonesome Dove, a massive undertaking that, as Wincer recalls, “would be the equivalent of making four films in 16 weeks.”
The network executives, Wincer says, looked at him as “the guy who could shoot [the miniseries on] a television schedule and give it a feature look.” In turn, Wincer felt confident he was up to the challenge, despite his lack of experience as a director of traditional Wild West dramas. “I wasn’t preconditioned by Hollywood westerns and stuff like that,” he says, “so I brought a fresh look to the whole western genre, if you like.”
But not everyone else associated with the project was so quick to accept Wincer. As screenwriter and executive producer of Lonesome Dove, the Texas-born Wittliff — who had written screenplays for Raggedy Man (1981), Barbarosa (1982), and Country (1984), among other features — had veto power over who would get hired as director. And he was slow to acknowledge Wincer’s suitability for the job. Indeed, even after he viewed Wincer’s The Lighthorsemen, a large-scale 1987 feature about a World War I light horse unit’s experiences during the 1917 Battle of Beersheba, Wittliff remained unconvinced.
“I took Simon to dinner,” Wittliff remembers, “and I really planned to tell him that we were going to go with somebody else. I’d ordered oysters, and just when I was about to say ‘I can’t do this,’ I looked down into one of the oysters and I saw a pearl. Well, I’d never had that happen to me before. And, yeah, I’m kind of superstitious. So I told Simon we were going to go with him.”
Lonesome as I could be
You came along, changed my life
And fixed what was broken in me
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