Warren Oates: “Bill Friedkin wanted me for the part, but he likes to spend lots of money on his pictures. By the time the budget had grown beyond the $10 million mark, Universal decided my name wasn’t big enough to carry that big a picture. So he hired Roy Scheider. That meant I had to get busy and make the money I had already spent for the house and the barn.”
From Warren Oates: A Wild Life by Susan A. Compo.
The house and barn were part of Oates’ place in Montana. He and Friedkin did work together — on The Brinks Job (above, 1978), and Oates gave one of the most incredible performances I’ve ever seen.