Labor of Love: How Eric Braeden Shepherded a Historical Saga
Eric Braeden with Armand Assante on the set of The Man Who Came Back
The Man Who Came Back, released this week on DVD (shop Amazon), is a compelling revenge film set in the 1870s, chronicling the second worst labor strike in American history. Bringing the tale to life was none other than Eric Braeden, famous for his long run on CBS' The Young and the Restless (where he plays the dynamic Victor Newman) as well as roles in such films as Titanic.
Braeden, however, did much more than lend his considerable acting chops to the feature (playing the titular character). "I executive produced it, having shepherded it from the beginnings of the script to the very end, into post-production," he tells TVGuide.com. "And I had the time of my life doing it."
Helping Braeden in his quest to capture this dark period in American history was a fine cast. "I was very heartened by the cooperation of my fellow actors, starting with George Kennedy," says Braeden. "I never met a nicer gentleman. He never complained, despite working under very difficult circumstances."
Likewise, he has glowing words for Billy Zane, with whom he worked on Titanic ("He is a wonderful actor"), Armand Assante (Gotti) and the "fabulous" James Patrick Stewart (All My Children). "They all helped me enormously," he says. Other cast members included Sean Young (The Big Easy) and Carol Alt.
Watching The Man Who Came Back, cineastes and lovers of Westerns might spy a familiar set piece. As Braeden reveals, "We had great locations, including John Wayne's old Alamo set, in West Texas, which he used in 1959."
That expansive filming location is, Braeden notes, "as it was then — nothing around for miles and miles."
Read more about Eric Braeden in the CBS Soaps in Depth cover story (now on newsstands) and at the actor's website.