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Is that William Burroughs at the bar?


Hi! I was wondering if anyone else saw what I was seeing: In at least two of the scenes in the bar (at least in the two toward the end of the film -- I didn't notice if he was in any of the earlier scenes), where the Cass character hung out, I noticed an older guy in a hat that looked suspicously like William S. Burroughs. He never spoke. I do not see him credited here, much less in the movie. I was wondering if this is really him, and if someone else noticed this or can verify it... Thanks!

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Strange that you should mention Burroughs here. I've only seen the The Tales back in the 80s, but I clearly remember reading some Bukowski book where he mentions seeing Burroughs at a bar. "We watched at each other but had nothing to say to each other". As if this scene from a novel had transpired to this film. Not impossible, to my reckoning.

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Well, then it does make sense because that is all he seems to do in the movie: just sits there in the background, no dialogue or anything.

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The book you read that in was women and I don't believe it was in a bar. Pretty sure he just walked past his hotel room.

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Yeah, Buk goes out to get ice and sees him in his hotel room and they share a glance but don't say anything, and Buks friends are baffled that he didn't introduce himself. I'll have to rewatch that scene in Tales though.

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Right. Well, I have to - I have to go now, Duane, because I, I'm due back on the planet Earth.

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It looks like Burroughs, but I doubt it really was him.

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Just saw it. I can confirm that the person smoking at the bar is William Lee.

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