tom chaney


“Just as a person, she has a real sweetness and a generosity of spirit, and I think a lot of that, to a large degree comes from how she was raised. Most kids who are 13 or 14 years old are really chomping at the bit to start dating and getting in cars and all that stuff. And Hailee doesn’t seem too eager to be older than she is. She’s really appreciating her age. And in a very odd way, that makes her more mature.” Jeff Bridges on Hailee Steinfeld


People do not give it credence that a young girl could leave home and go off in the wintertime to avenge her father’s blood. But it did happen. I was just 14 years of age when a coward by the name of Tom Chaney shot my father down and robbed him of his life and his horse and two California gold pieces that he carried in his trouser band. (…) Chaney fled. He could have walked his horse, for not a soul in that city could be bothered to give chase. No doubt Chaney fancied himself scot-free. But he was wrong. You must pay for everything in this world, one way and another. There is nothing free, except the grace of God.


‘My Grandparents came to visit, and we actually took a day trip up to Verona which they filmed part of the film in. We went to Juliet’s Balcony, which is a really big tourist attraction there. So there are people from all over and my Mom has his genius idea of me going up on the balcony and taking a picture…’