Batman saves the day

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Riddle me this: When Frank Gorshin became too ill to shoot a film in Las Vegas this month, guess who came to the rescue?

Holy guacamole, it was Batman!

Director James A. Brooks was three days from shooting Gorshin’s scenes here when Gorshin’s agent called to say he had been hospitalized.

Adam West, who played the iconic Batman role, was on the telephone to Brooks, volunteering to fill in for his friend Gorshin, a popular impressionist who played The Riddler in the 1960s TV series.

“That was so unbelievable. I’ll never forget him for that,” Brooks said by telephone while on location at Spring Mountain Ranch.

Gorshin, who died Tuesday at age 72, had agreed to play a judge from Denver who sentences the film’s young lead character, played by Simon R. Baker, to work on a special ranch. “Bionic Woman” Lindsay Wagner‘s character operates the ranch, and Gary Busey plays a doctor.

“Buckaroo” wraps on Saturday after two weeks of shooting here.

–¬†NORM CLARKE

Friday, May 20, 2005
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