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Photo of Henry B. Walthall

Henry B. Walthall

“(About getting the role of Holofernes in Judith of Bethulia) I hadn't expected to play Holofernes because I wasn't the type physically. I stayed away from the studio, but [director D.W. Griffith] sent for me. I said, 'I can't play the part; I'm too much of a shrimp". But he had tried out a lot of actors, and finally decided that I could do the part to suit him better than anybody else could. So he found a way, just as he always did. He put me on a pedestal and put brass armor on me. I looked like a giant. I stayed up there either on my throne or on a couch all the time. I had two broadswords, and I threw those broadswords around like a giant. The only other time you saw me I was riding in a chariot across the battlefield and, of course, that made me look tall. No, Griffith never said to me, 'You're too small!'.”

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