Despite being made in 1993, Tombstone has earned a place among the greatest westerns of all time. With a star-studded cast, a career-defining performance from Val Kilmer and perhaps the most accurate depiction of the O.K. Corral shootout ever committed to film, it’s a classic. The movie didn’t have an easy birth, though, and there’s plenty of on-set stories which would make even the most committed fan utter an “I’ll be damned” or two.
20. Richard Gere and Mickey Rourke could have been the leads
It’s hard to imagine Tombstone without Kurt Russell and Michael Biehn – two of the most iconic actors of their time – playing opposite each other as Earp and Ringo. The now iconic pairing almost didn’t happen, however, as Richard Gere and Mickey Rourke were both offered the respective roles but didn’t take them.
19. Robert Mitchum was meant to have been more than a narrator
Tombstone is narrated by film noir legend Robert Mitchum, but he was supposed to have been a lot more heavily involved in the production. Mitchum was initially cast as Old Man Clanton, an elderly casualty of the shootout, but he fell off his horse during shooting and was consequently unable to play the part.