BILLINGS - Noted actor (and part-time Montana resident) Bill Pullman visited Billings this week to promote a new film called "The Ballad of Lefty Brown."
The film was shot in and around Ennis and Bannack.
The film's director, Jared Moshe, told Deadline.com: “I fell in love with Bannack. I even did a little re-write of the script to fit the location. We had gunfights… we shot in a ranch house that completely randomly happened to be 20 minutes away from Bill Pullman’s ranch in Montana."
The movie stars Pullman as the titular Lefty Brown, and also features Jim Caviezel, Peter Fonda, Kathy Baker, and Tommy Flanagan.
The film's website provides this synopsis:
When cowboy Lefty Brown (Bill Pullman) witnesses the murder of his longtime partner—the newly-elected Senator Edward Johnson (Peter Fonda)—he strikes out to find the killers and avenge his friend's gruesome death. Tracking the outlaws across the vast and desolate Montana plains, Lefty recruits a young gunslinger, Jeremiah (Diego Josef), and an old friend, a hard-drinking U.S. Marshall (Tommy Flanagan), to help deliver the men to justice.
On Tuesday, Pullman was welcomed by a sold-out crowd at the historic Babcock Theatre in Billings.
Pullman -- best known for his role as President Thomas Whitmore in the 1996 blockbuster "Independence Day" -- discussed how the movie was conceived, and expressed his appreciation for the Montana Film Office.
This was the first event hosted by the Art House Cinema & Pub, owned by Matt Blakeslee, a non-profit that will negotiate the lease of the Babcock for future film events at the theatre.
It can be watched on digital platforms including Amazon.