Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Play us a song, you're the banjo man...

Have you seen Deliverance (1972)?

It was a formative experience for me and, like countless others, I was mesmerized by 11-year-old "banjo kid" Lonny, the clearly damaged Appalachian youngster featured in the film's "Dueling Banjos" scene.

I'm the first to admit that my fascination was more than a little voyeuristic and creepy, and I also have to confess that this scene sends chills up my spine to this day, years after I worked on the Deliverance special edition DVD.

So imagine my surprise when I logged into AOL and found a "where are they now" link to the 52-year-old Billy Redden, aka "creepy-banjo-kid."

The past is always with us, I guess.

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