Inktober Redux 2022 - Day 03 - Ricardo Montalban, Mike Vargas
Day 3, “Touch of Evil”, 1958. Charlton Heston played a Mexican character in Welles seminal film noir. While many chide Heston for playing a Mexican with bronze makeup and mustache, the character was changed in production from white to latino in order to deal with some of the political and racial issues seen at the California/Mexican Border. WHAT IF the role had been handled by an equally imposing presence of Heston’s stature? Imagine Ricardo Montalban as Mike Vargas, going toe to toe with Orson Welles' Quinlan. It could have been sensational. Here’s Montalban if he were in the famous 'You won't have any trouble with me," scene.