Ian McShane finally returns to the western, the genre in which he excelled as foul-mouthed, criminal brothel owner Al Swearengen in HBO’s Deadwood.
In the neo-western The Man on Carrion Road, the actor, whose deep resonant voice makes one (me anyway) think of the roar of a pregnant bear falling through a bottomless whiskey barrel. The elderly lawman has to team up with his successor (played by Patrick Wilson, who took over the role from Timothy Olyphant) in order to stop a cartel killer to wreak havoc in their small town, set near the Mexican border.
For me this sounds like High Noon meets No Country for old Men with a dash of Breaking Bad-esque cartel violence thrown in for good measure. In other words: it sounds awesome! Plus, The Man on Carrion Road stars two actor’s I truly love.
To celebrate the occasion, here’s my favorite Al Swaerengen moment: