“Tombstone”’s production was dedicated to strict authenticity in certain parts of the script and especially in the wardrobe department!
The actors were required to wear the authentic, wool clothing of the time period, even on the hottest filming days. That’s dedication!
A Fun Time
Although Biehn recognized the imperfections of Tombstone, he certainly enjoyed being a part of the project. “We had a lot of problems with our movie with Kevin [Jarre] getting fired,”.
Biehn confessed though that he liked the script and the kind of performance it brought out of people. According to him, the atmosphere on the set was a lot of fun with lots of laughs.
A Collection of Mustaches
All the male characters in "Tombstone" sported a mustache. Some even grew their own mustaches for the film. Michael Biehn said that Kevin Jarre wanted mustaches that curled up at the end. So, actors who grew a mustache long enough had to wax the end to achieve the right look.
Biehn also said that one of the actors, Jon Tenney, had no time to grow his own mustache so he wore a fake one. He believes that the fake mustache made Tenney feel like the underdog of the group. Maybe the Old West wasn't so different from high school.
Fired For Creative Differences
People think that film writers hold creative control. However, that's exactly how original director Kevin Jarre was fired from his own project.
According to Michael Biehn, this was a distressing ordeal, because he liked Kevin a lot, but Jarre had his own vision for every little detail, like the cast, mustaches, dialogue, and even the saddles.
A Sad Goodbye
Michael Biehn was not the only cast member who was sad to see Kevin Jarre go. According to Sam Elliott, Kurt Russell was also pretty close with Kevin Jarre and was sad to see him go.
Eliot had a great appreciation for Jarre as a writer and a storyteller, and the other actors felt the same. When he left, the actors pulled through just for the sake of completing his project for him.