May 31, 2021 Subject:
Another interesting Loveline show!
Dr. Drew may not have had time to keep up with every film or TV show during this time, but he did enjoy the series "Scrubs". So cast member John C. McGinley ("Dr. Cox") guests & also sheds some great first-hand information about working with John Candy in 1994 on the set of "Wagons East".
(During the infamous film's production in Durango, Mexico, John Candy died of a heart attack at the age of 43. Fans of John Candy may find the account interesting as we learn how the story got "buried" in the news!)
Also along as a co-guest is film & television director, screenwriter & producer James Mangold who tells of an upcoming film project that would later turn out to be the 2005 Johnny Cash bio-pic, "Walk The Line".
Mangold explains the film project owes its genesis to a 1993 episode of "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" that Johnny Cash had guest starred on. Cash had become friends with the star, Jane Seymour, & her husband, director James Keach.
Cash suggested to Keach that he should tackle a film of the singer's life which he readily agreed to, so Keach & Seymour started compiling interviews with Johnny Cash in preparation for a script. By 1997, Gill Dennis had enough material to put a screenplay together, but the project had stalled.
That's when Keach reached out to James Mangold, knowing the director had been lobbying hard for the chance to get involved.
It took four years for the producers to secure the rights to the story from James Keach. After Keach agreed, it took another four years to get the film made. Interesting to note, Joaquin Phoenix is mentioned here & seemed to have tapped for the role since day one!