Western 'Yuma' got taste of the north


The actors shooting Lionsgate Films' Western "3:10 to Yuma" came away with a newfound respect for life in the Wild West. The James Mangold film, which stars Christian Bale, Russell Crowe and Ben Foster, is set during a drought and was thus shot in the wild deserts of New Mexico, with production set up at various ranches.

But the filmmakers were thrown for a loop when a giant snowstorm blanketed the area. At last week's San Diego Comic-Con International, Foster described how tons of dirt had to be brought in to cover the snow.

The actors also had some modern help with their era-authentic weaponry.

"We used handwarmers so you could have a quick draw" and so hands wouldn't freeze during filming, Foster said.

Co-star and self-described gun-head Peter Fonda, however, said he used his handwarmers on the guns themselves in order to keep them well-oiled instruments and not likely to freeze.

"It's unbelievable to do the things that this country was built on without a coffee break or cigarette break," Foster said.