"I wanted to give him an uppercut for his arrogance and to get him to lift his head. He was still looking at his boots. He'd lit the cigarette and smoke was drifting past his face. It's hard to tell from the top of someone's head, but I was sure that I know him from somewhere..."
And that's how Browning meets James Dean.
Browning's almost past it, teaching punk would-be actors to fall off horses. When the "toxic little son of a bitch", Jimmy Dean, roars in on his "sickle", it's the beginning of an odd-couple alliance: they're both in trouble and needing help. In Marfa, Mexico, where Dean, Rock Hudson, Liz Taylor - and Browning - are on location, the movie's not the only thing being shot.
Is this the end for Browning?
About the Author
Peter Corris was born in country Victoria and educated at Melbourne High School and the University of Melbourne. After taking a Master¹s degree at Monash University and a PhD (both in history) at the ANU, he worked as an academic at several universities before turning to journalism. He was Literary Editor of The National Times from 1980-1 and has been a professional writer for the past 20 years. He is best known for his 26 books about Sydney private detective Cliff Hardy. He has also published spy novels, historical novels, a collection of stories about golf as well as editing anthologies about golf and boxing and co-writing autobiographies, notably of the late Professor Fred Hollows. He is married to writer Jean Bedford; they live on the Illawarra coast in NSW Wales and have three daughters. His interests are reading and writing, golf, weight training and films.