Friday, May 4, 2012

Lost Biker of the Apocalypse

Randall "Tex" Cobb is Leonard Smalls,the Biker of the Apocalypse
in Joel Coen's "Raising Arizona" (USA,1987).

The Lost Biker of the Apocalypse was portrayed by one Randall "Tex" Cobb in arguably his finest acting role--if you don't count his pretending to be a professional boxer.

Raising Arizona was released in 1987, five years after Tex infamously challenged Larry Holmes for the Heavyweight Boxing Crown in what has been dubbed "The Most One-sided Heavyweight Title Fight In History."

Let's just say that old "Tex" earned credit for his willingness to take a punishing beat-down, round after bloody round. It was so bad, Howard Cosell quit broadcasting and walked off. However, Tex went the distance, and not only lived to tell the tale, but after the fight quipped that Cosell's walk-off was the best thing the loquacious announcer had ever done for the sport of boxing.

Tex went on to create his iconic motorcycle-riding hellblazer, The Lost Rider of the Apocalypse..

Ironic bit of foreshadowing, isn't it, that some 20 years later ol' Nick Cage mimicked his Lost Biker nemesis in the Ghost Rider movies?

Nicolas Cage as Johnny Blaze / Ghost Rider (2007)

Flames and skulls and flaming skulls....