Late Titanic actor’s son takes over role in 90s movie his father was due to star in

Close up of James Paxton smiling with a cowboy hat

James Paxton, son of Hollywood icon Bill Paxton, is upholding his father’s legacy (Picture: FilmMagic)

James Paxton will star in the upcoming Western Last Train to Fortune which the late Bill Paxton was originally meant to appear in during the 1990s.

Bill, who died from a stroke aged 61 in 2017, has featured in countless classics over his decorated career including Twister, Titanic, Aliens and Apollo 13. But there was one project that he was meant to appear in that never quite got off the ground – Last Train to Fortune.

English actor Malcolm McDowell, 81, has now revealed that the project (decades in the making) will premiere this autumn with one crucial difference. James, 30, will play outlaw Jedidiah Dooley in place of his father.

‘I said, “I’ve always loved that script. It’s such a beautiful script, really. Why don’t we get James Paxton to do it?” He’d be the same age as his dad was, almost. A little bit younger, but even better,’ the Time After Time star recalled.

Malcolm initially intended to make the film with director Lindsay Anderson in the early 1990s opposite the late actor. Lindsay died in 1994 before production could begin.

He continued to People: ‘We did a read-through at my house and I think everybody went “Wow.” It’s pretty good when you hear it aloud for the first time.’

James followed his father into Hollywood (Picture: Getty)

He also described James as ‘level-headed’.

‘Of course, [there is] the weight of his dad, but that’s every day in life he’s had that, and he’s a very fine young actor,’ he added.

James followed in the footsteps of his father from a young age. His early projects included Spy Kids 3 and The Greatest Game Ever Played and he later starred in Marvel project Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D as John Garrett.

Most recently, he played a minor role in Twisters opposite Daisy Edgar-Jones and Glen Powell, the long-awaited sequel to 1996 classic Twister in which his father played Bill Harding.

In an interview with Variety, he spoke about what it meant to honour his dad’s legacy on screen and how it has helped him

‘It’s been really hard, like a long time coming to be able to talk about the loss of my dad, for my myself and my family,’ he said.

Bill starred in Twister just as James features in the sequel Twisters (Picture: Amblin/Universal/Warners/Kobal/Shutterstock)

‘I’ve wanted to do things that help keep his memory alive and keep me feeling as connected to him as possible. I always will.

‘But I’ve had to put a lot of it into the art to deal with it, to get through, because there were times I didn’t know how to keep going in this career and be my own person. Just missing my mentor, my hero, who’s not here to see it.’

Last Train to Fortune was written by director Adam Rifkin’s mother Michele Rifkin 37 years …read more

Source:: Metro


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