Actor Eli Wallach (The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, The Magnificent Seven) passed away on Tuesday at 98. He spoke to Terry Gross in 1990 about his roles in some of the iconic Spaghetti Westerns, a sub-genre of Western films in the mid-1960s that were made by Italian directors.
I was making a film in California when the agent out there said “There’s an Italian there who wants to be in a movie.”
I said, “What kind of movie?”
He said, “A western.”
He said, “A spaghetti western.”
I said, “That’s an anomaly. That’s like Hawaiian pizza.”