May 7, 2011

Dueling Banjos Scene from Deliverance --- The Story Behind the Story

I have no idea if this story is true or not, but love this scene from the movie:

The guy playing the guitar is Ronnie Cox from Portales New Mexico.

Autism? Asperger's syndrome? Genius primary, social interaction secondary? Serendipity?........or maybe we just haven't figured it out yet.

Plumbing the depths of the human mind and spirit is an eternal frontier.  Watch the young mans face not his fingers.

This is an excerpt of the film "Deliverance". When the filming group of the movie stopped at a gas station somewhere, one of the actors started to play a tune of the film on his guitar.

When a boy who was watching (an autistic) heard the music, he started to respond with notes from his banjo. They started an incredible dialogue of instruments and the autistic boy expressed himself in probably the only form in which he was prepared to communicate.

This is how this remarkable scene, that was included in the movie, was developed and filmed. Look at the expression of the boy. At first, he seems uncertain and waiting but as the intensity of the music progressed, his lost expression was gone and an expression of pleasure and happiness was recovered; thanks to this guitar player who happened to pass by.

After this magic moment passed, the boy returned into himself leaving this part of his externalized beauty in the film. This truly was a memorable part of the movie.

This scene was not a part of the script until the camera man happened to catch it on film...The family was well paid; and beat poverty by accident.

Watch the little boy especially at the end...