random Bible movie connection of the day

I was watching John Huston’s The Bible: In the Beginning… (1966) tonight — mainly to brush up on the Noah’s Ark section — when I suddenly noticed something. Adam is played by Michael Parks. That’s him above, getting his first glimpse of Eve. And this is him again below, partaking of the good fruit in the Garden of Eden:

Now, the last time I saw this film, the name “Michael Parks” didn’t mean anything to me. But now I recognize Michael Parks as the actor who has played Sheriff Earl McGraw in three different films — four, if you count Grindhouse twice — all of which were directed by Quentin Tarantino and/or Robert Rodriguez. The other two films he was in are From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) and Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003; my review), the latter of which is depicted below:

Parks also played Esteban Vihaio in Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004):

I love making connections like this.

MAY 19 UPDATE: One thing I forgot to mention: If Parks was born in California, as the IMDb says, and if this film’s God (i.e. John Huston) can speak with an American accent, then why does Adam sound so British? Is it so that he will sound more European like Eve, who is played by the Swedish actress Ulla Bergryd?

Oh, and click here for a nifty on-the-set preview article on this film that appeared in Time magazine way, way back in 1965.

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00538965560012531539 Nate

    I remember Parks from a short-lived TV series called Then Came Bronson, in which he plays an existential biker. I bet Quentin put that one through the VCR a few times.

    Thanks for making that connection, Peter! I also love looking up obscure actors’ filmographies. If we don’t do it, who will?

  • gekko

    In a 60’s film you always get lots of dark (basically under lit) scenes but however I really liked the way the boat was built using the existing trees as support and material it made a lot of sense. P.S. There is also another tree in the garder – the tree of life, and there were 7 of the clean animals taken on board. But they did a good job of the inside of the boat… the sets looks substantial. Yes I remember seeing Then came Bronson. And thought he was cooool!