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"Central casting" Continued...

Issue: "All tied up," Sept. 24, 2011

OK, I have to ask you how you came to be in one of the funniest Westerns ever, Three Amigos?

Plana: I had done a film with Oliver Stone in Mexico called Salvador, and Stone asked me to be in his film about Vietnam, Platoon. He still hadn't paid me for my last week of work with him, and this was going to be 16 weeks in the Philippines, at scale pay. All of a sudden I got this offer for a lot more money with better lodging. I was developing a reputation as a dramatic actor, and this was my opportunity to do comedy.

Good decision?

Plana: That year, Platoon got the Oscar for Best Picture and $200 million at the theater. Three Amigos didn't go so well in the theaters, yet it's become a cult film. Marty Short said he had to hide that movie in his house because his children watch it night and day.

Maris: We meet more writers who tell us about it being their guilty pleasure.

Plana: I met Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. When Affleck realized I was Jefe in Three Amigos he said, "Matt, come here." Whenever we're apart for a long time and we meet again as friends, we do the whole "Plethora of Piñata" scene to each other.

Great scene: I've watched the movie and seen the scene on YouTube. People often ask you to say lines from it?

Plana: I use this line on my wife all the time: "Could it be that you are mad at something else, and are taking it out on me?"

Marvin Olasky
Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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