Why Warhol Wasn’t In “Midnight Cowboy”

In a fascinating interview, Michael Childers talks about the genesis of “Midnight Cowboy,” directed by Childers’ longtime partner, John Schlesinger: ‘Andy was hoping to be in the party sequence as well, but while we were in pre-production, doing hair and make-up at the studio, Viva took a phone call with Andy and I heard ‘pop pop pop’! It was a gun going off – Andy had been shot. So that’s why Andy wasn’t in Midnight Cowboy, but he was very glad John used all his superstars, since he was in the hospital for a year and they had no work.’

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