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An 'Interview' with Larry Casey of The Rat Patrol

Hitch

 

Was there a ‘bible' that gave you a sense of who Hitch was according to the creator of the series?  If so, what do you remember being told about Hitch? 

LC:  The character was a private school graduate who wanted to prove himself.  Probably could have gone to Officers Candidate School but chose to start as a private.

Who did you think Hitch to be?  How would you describe him?  What did you feel was his background? His special expertise and skills?  How old did you estimate him to be? 

LC:  Hitch was me and I was Hitch.  I was 23 years old when we started and assumed Hitch was the same age.  I was recently discharged from the Army at the time and understood the military life.

Did you like the character? Were you satisfied with the way the character was used in the series? Did you have any input into the scripts?  Did you want to have input?

LC:  If there were any disagreements during the shooting of Rat Patrol, it was after we came back to the States.  We all wanted to maintain the "look" and "feel" of the Spanish shows.  It was quickly apparent that the quality of scripts was disappointing and we tried to get them back to where we felt they should be.  We weren't as successful as we would have liked.

Did you have any objection to lines or characterizations for Hitch from time to time? Were there occasions when you felt a script didn't present Hitch as you felt him to be? If so, how were such differences resolved?  Did that happen often, if it happened at all?

LC:  No problems.  Tarr and I were there as supporting actors to Chris and Gary.  We didn't have much to do.  And in a half-hour show there isn't the time to develop deep characterizations.

Where did the idea come from to give Hitch bubblegum to chew? Was it your idea?  Or was it something you were told was something Hitch must do?  Do you remember why that particular trait was assigned to Hitch?  To make him seem younger perhaps?

LC:  That idea was from Tom Gries, the producer, writer and director of the pilot.  I loved it because it gave Hitch his own identity without being too distracting from the story.

What are some of the things that you wished the writers had done with Hitch that they didn't? Have you any thoughts about how the character might have been stretched in the third season, had there been one?

LC:  If there was a third season I had hoped that we would learn where all of the individual Rats came from and what motivated them to do the things that they did.  The film"Saving Private Ryan" gave you that in spades.

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