In the scene of the OK Corral fight, Wyatt Earp is shown to be holding a specific gun, a Colt Peacemaker, distinctive for two reasons. The first is that it has a long ten-inch barrel. The second distinctive feature is an engraved plaque inlaid into the handle of the gun. The gun itself was made famous because of these two special features and is often associated with the legendary Wyatt Earp.
So important was this gun that historians have tried to track it down. Writer Ned Buntline, who focused most of his works on Wyatt Earp, famously ordered a number of guns from Colt to distribute as gifts among the peace officers of Dodge City. He did so in an attempt to raise the profile of the story and uncover some of the hidden truths surrounding Wyatt Earp. In the movie, you see Vigil Earp using a similar gun.
A Journey Through Costumes
Kevin Jarre, who wrote the script and was very much the creative vision behind "Tombstone" was also supposed to be the director of the movie. One part of his vision was to ensure that everything is as authentic as possible, including the costumes. Val Kilmer said he remembered how important it was to Kevin Jarre and that it was his vision that brought the movie to life. The authenticity of the costumes went to the smallest of details.
Jarre wanted to convince viewers that they were watching a Western movie from the Western era in the ’40s, not a remake in the ’90s. This means that he insisted all the costumes were to be made out of real wool, just as the men at the time would have worn. The movie was shot during the heat of the summer in the middle of Arizona so you can imagine how uncomfortable it would have been for the actors. Val Kilmer recalled shooting the scene in the Birdcage Theater, and there was a thermometer there that read 134 degrees Fahrenheit.
Real-Life O.K. Corral Gunfight
A good example of Kevin Jarre’s attempt at authenticity was the scene of the O.K. Corral Shooting. Jarre wanted to use the actual dialogue between the men at the time. Doc Holliday says at the end of the scene, “You’re a daisy if you do!” which is a direct quote from the actual event.
Doc Holliday reportedly said that line to a cowboy who told him, “I got you now Doc, you *expletive*!” This exchange was apparently so famous that it made it into the local "Tombstone" newspaper. Of course, with everything, there has to be some artistic license, so there was one small change to this scene. In the movie, Ike Clanton runs away in the middle of the fight, but we already know that this was actually Billy Claiborne who was unarmed and scared for his life.
The Batman and Doc Holliday Connection
If someone asked you what the connection was between Doc Holliday and Batman, you might be stumped for an answer. Funnily enough, they have both been played by the same actor. Many actors have reprised the role of Doc Holliday over the years, one of which was Adam West, who also famously played Batman! So, there you have it, the Batman and Doc Holliday connection.
Adam West famously played the roles of both Batman and Doc Holliday. He was actually the first actor to play Batman in a feature-length film and played Doc Holliday in three different versions on television. This is not the only coincidence between Batman and the movie "Tombstone". Val Kilmer played the role of Doc Holliday in "Tombstone" and then was cast to play Batman in "Batman Forever". Allegedly, the director, Joel Schumacher noticed Val Kilmer in "Tombstone" and wanted to cast him as Batman based on his performance as Doc Holliday!
The Elvis Presley Connection
An unlikely connection can be made between Elvis Presley, also known as the King of Rock 'n Roll and the movie "Tombstone". In separate movies, Elvis has been played by both Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer who played alongside each other.
Val Kilmer played Elvis in the movie "True Romance". He had been busy as it was released in the same year as "Tombstone" and then played him again in the movie "Top Secret". Kurt Russell also played Elvis on two occasions. The first was a TV movie called "Elvis", and then later he was the voice of Elvis in the Oscar award-winning "Forrest Gump" which was released in 1994.