From The Wrap
Drugs, Sex, Girls: Being Directed by Peckinpah on the His 'Killer Elite'
Published: October 07, 2011 @ 10:35 am
By Carole Mallory
With both “Straw Dogs” and “Killer Elite” playing in theaters, I feel it’s the moment to tell what it felt like to be directed by Sam Peckinpah. The new “Killer Elite” is not the same script as Peckinpah's, but it is the same title.
In 1975 he cast me in the original. For the audition I was told to look sexy. I wore a blue suede dress from St. Tropez that had a Tarzan’s Jane look to it. It was cut low. It had a Native American feel, and I thought Sam -- who claimed to be part Native American -- would “cotton” to it.
When I walked into his office, he was seated and wearing a blue and white paisley bandana covering his forehead. He had a deep tan, wrinkled skin and sparkling mischievous eyes. “Walk around for me?” he said, sternly. Like a good obedient actress on an audition, I did as I was told. Minutes later I was told I could leave.
Leaving, I passed my competition a stunning Veronica Hamel, who had starred in “Hill Street Blues.” She was wearing a suit. Why, I wondered!
Later that day, my agent called to say I had been cast, Sam had liked the dress I had worn on the audition so much that he asked me to wear it for the filming. Great, I thought!
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