The process of sorting and identifying SO many photos of David resulted in finding some that just HAD to have a great story behind them. Thanks to David, here’s the story behind this one — which is related to The Stick Up, now featured in the DSF Video Gallery.
Oh, my God … where did you run across this photo?!? I don’t recall the specifics and I can only identify it because of the ropes, the shovel, and the mud. This photo was taken on the set of The Stick Up or Mud as it was originally entitled. Obviously, out of costume, I was helping the crew prepare the ring for the mud-wrestling sequence (at a traveling carnival) in which ‘Duke,’ my character, sets ‘Rosie’ (his stow-away, pain-in-the-butt companion played by Pamela McMyler) up to challenge this gi-normous Amazon lady … just to put a ‘few bob’ in his pocket. It was a very funny scene. The film was shot entirely on location on the Dartmoor in Devon (the West Country of England) and it was bone-chillingly cold.
It was as a result of filming scenes like this one that I succumbed to viral pneumonia brought on by the cold, wet weather and all the mud and cow shit that I had rolled around in. To top it off, then, despite running a temperature of 106 degrees, I was asked to do a command performance for the Queen’s Jubilee (1977) back in London. I couldn’t very well say ‘no’ as the organizers had flown my band over from the States.
So I hopped on a private jet, which the organizers also supplied, and flew to London (The Palladium) just for the performance. It was the most prestigious event of the year … but I was so out-of-it I remember nothing except sweating like a pig and standing next to Dolly Parton’s breasts, which blocked my view of the Queen as she moved down the line greeting each of the performers.
Anyway, immediately following the show, I was whisked off back to Devon where — touch and go — I spent the next 3 to 4 weeks recovering at a hospital (The Wadleigh House) in Plymouth. Then I went back and finished the film — which unfortunately didn’t do very well.
Thanks for asking [about the picture].