Warner Bros. rolled out the sawdust carpet for the L.A. premiere of “Wyatt Earp” the other night. The party was held on the Burbank lot on Western Street — site of faux Old West scenery used in “Blazing Saddles” and “The Great Train Robbery.”
While director Larry Kasdan and star Kevin Costner insisted this “Wyatt Earp” be shot entirely on location in the real west, the opening went for the fake theme in a big way: All of Western Street’s “saloons” were opened up and filled to the brim with medicine men, can-can girls and all the movie magic Hollywood can buy. Seventeen hundred fans turned out.
The big attraction for Costner, though, was a real cowboy: His personal guest was Gene Autry, who sat next to him during the screening.