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Old April 26th 05, 14:59   #14
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Re: EpDis: A Distant Star

Russ Tamblyn was the lead role in West Side Story, and he was very good in that.
I wouldn't describe Riff as "the lead role" in West Side Story. Tony and Maria are the leads. Riff is in with Bernardo and Anita as the first tier of supporting roles. (Chakiris and Moreno won the Supporting Actor and Suportting Actress Oscars for Bernardo and Anita.) I mean, nobody describes Mercutio as "the lead role" in Romeo and Juliet.

Of course, Riff is the leader if the Jets. And Tamblyn did a good job with it.

Until I looked at the filmography I hadn't connected him to having played the youngest brother in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers several years earlier.
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