Liam Hemsworth, Miley Cyrus' man, is famous. I have not seen any of his films. That shows how out of touch I’ve been. Then, I chanced upon The Duel in HULU, on one of those days when the shows I regularly followed were off season.
Liam Hemsworth as David reminded me of Reb, the real man on whom the character in my book REBEL was based. I know it sounds unbelievable, how David and Reb, one American and the other a Filipino, could actually be mirror image of each other. However, the full beard, the uncut uncombed hair, the deep set eyes would have made them identical in black and white where skin color didn’t show.
Reb was stocky like David, not tall and skinny but not overly muscular. David spoke like Reb, with calculated words and manly tone that gets attention without trying. The dusty, worn-out, 1800's fashion trousers of the western film incredibly matched Reb's dusty, worn-out loose blue jeans he wore in 1969.
The way David walked, the way he moved, the way he hid in the bushes, the way he fought a fist fight, the way he taught his wife Mirasol fire a gun and the hurt in his eyes when she turned against him, were all reminders of Reb.
Reb didn’t wear a western gun holster like David. He tucked his 45 caliber in his back. He didn’t ride a horse but rode a 1000cc motorcycle. David shoots on his horse. Reb shot at his target with his right hand while his left held the motorcycle handlebar.
When I was writing the book Rebel I failed to describe Reb more accurately for lack of an existing photograph of him. After I saw the movie The Duel, I realized the book does not do him justice. Now I realize he's a Filipino Liam Hemsworth I let slip away. My regret went a notch higher.