This is a reference to Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer. Twain wrote Sawyer in 1876, and Huckleberry Finn was a sidekick left to do the dirty work. The gunfight at the OK Corral took place in 1881, and Twain wrote Huckberry Finn in 1884. At the time, a huckleberry was common slang for a pallbearer, a sidekick, and specifically, it was the man assigned to make sure a grave was properly dug. In other words, Doc is saying, “I’ll carry you to your grave, because I’ve already dug it.”

Presently, Val Kilmer is doing a one-man production of Mark Twain off Broadway. 

Ragnar may have met his fate on “Vikings,” but History is staying in business with Travis Fimmel, the man who played him.

Fimmel is teaming up with the network to develop a scripted anthology series that tells the stories of Wyatt Earp and other iconic sinners and anti-heroes throughout history. The actor, who brought the idea to the network and A+E Studios, wrote the first episode and will executive produce and star as Wyatt Earp.

The series’ first installment will focus on Earp, from his days in Dodge City and his relationships with Doc Holliday and Bat Masterson, to the real story of what happened during the legendary gunfight at the OK Corral.

“Travis is a remarkable actor and we’re honored to continue our relationship with him after his recent magnetic performance on ‘Vikings’,” said Arturo Interian, History’s SVP of scripted programming. “Just as Travis brought a completely fresh and unexpected approach to his character Ragnar Lothbrok, this would be an unconventional portrayal of Earp like you’ve never seen. We intend to capture the violent spirit of the great Sergio Leone films through telling the true story of criminal turned lawman.”

“I’ve always been fascinated with what motivates people’s transgressions and the scandalous journey into infamy,” said Fimmel. “I wanted to re-examine stories people think they know without the rose-colored glasses of Hollywood and let the audience decide for themselves if people like Wyatt Earp were sinners or victims of life circumstances.”

The as-yet-untitled project hails from A+E Studios, along with Atlas Entertainment and Imperative Entertainment. Charles Roven and Alex Gartner will also serve as executive producers.

Fimmel is repped by Management 360, Paradigm and AJ Brandenstein of Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern.


Mark me, Graham McTavish will be in an episode, sounds like the perfect vehicle for one of the busiest actors on the planet.

I just started watching Legends And Lies on the Fox New Channel. It is outstanding.  “Legends & Lies,” which unearths the truth behind 10 legendary stories of the American West, included 500 actors and was shot in 10 states.   Based on first-hand accounts from direct descendants and historians, the show features brilliant cinematic re-creations set against stunning Western landscapes.

“There are 10 episodes, each one focusing on a different character from American Western history, spanning many decades,” producer John Finley says. “We go back as far as Davy Crockett, in the early 19th century, and all the way through the 1890s, with Billy the Kid, Doc Holliday. With regards to Billy, for example, there’s a lot of mythology to explore.” Legends & Lies intends to strip the myth from each pioneer, through interviews with historians, dramatic re-creations of the subject’s life and scientific analysis about the person’s death. 

Among the Old West historical events featured on Legends & Lies is the most famous gunfight of them all, the 1881 shoot-out behind the O.K. Corral pictured above.