|James Stewart confers with Italian-American “Indian” Iron Eyes Cody in Sedona.|
Broken Arrow star Jimmy Stewart was known as a nice guy throughout his life, but he was never much of a talker. While on location in the Coconino National Forest near Sedona, the tall, gangling actor stopped for a moment to admire the magnificent view. An uncredited Apache player, Phillip Sky Bird, sidled up to gaze in the same direction.
Minutes passed and not a word was exchanged between the two. Finally, Stewart, feeling the awkward silence, let himself go and came up with an observation.
“Nice country,” he ventured.
“Yes,” replied Sky Bird, “but don’t spoil it by your idle chatter.”