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This is an article from a Norwegian newspaper dated July 1967. This appeared in both major Norwegian newspapers, Aftenposten, and Dagbladet.
Scroll to the bottom and you will find a translation done by Yvonne Freydberg
Jess “Laramie” in town, without sixgun. Lover in German movie, filmed in Norway.
At Hotel Viking right now, Robert Fuller. Dark, slim, in orange sweater with white bandana nonchalantly knotted around his throat. A new version of Tony Curtis, with a few exceptions. If we believe what we see on screen, he has experienced a lot worse than the thunderstorms over our capital these days-
Robert Fuller, the hero, Jess, from this winter’s TV series “Laramie” has dismounted and left his sixgun for filming in a “little town in Norway somewhere.”
RF: “I like it here, but I can’t sleep. Oslo must be a very busy city, when I finally fall asleep around 4 a.m., the trucks and railways start going by. At that point it’s been kinda dark from 2 a.m.”
RF: “At night? I read a book, or something like that.”
“Sad to come from sunny California to Oslo in torrential rain?”
RF: “All cities are miserable when it rains, but I have walked around a bit, seen the palace, and City Hall and such, and I find the city very interesting. But what I am looking forward to is to get to the mountains, we’ll probably get going tomorrow.”
He seems a bit disoriented about the production plans. But he does know the title of the movies is “Mittsommernacht” (A Midsummer Night,) a love story starring Robert Fuller as the fortunate hero who will have his wishes fulfilled in a happy ending. The production is German, but with American and German actors participating.
RF: …”and hopefully some Norwegians,” he says politely.
“What about Laramie?”
RF: It’s done. We did it for four years, and I love it.”
“There were some tough scenes, did you have a stuntman?”
RF: “Oh no, I’m an old stuntman myself, so that was unnecessary. I started in the film business as a stuntman, and after that I came in contact with people in the industry and became interested in trying to get a real part. After Laramie we did another series, Wagon Train, but I guess you haven’t seen that one yet here in Norway?”
The lighter he uses to light his filter cigarettes, is a present from Yul Brynner, with engraved dedication.
RF: “We’ll be up in the snow too, since part of the script includes snow scenes, as far as I know. So I guess we’ll be on a glacier or something, don’t you think? And I want to fish. I love to fish!”
“Other wishes for your Norway visit?”
RF: “Yeah, I am hoping I may get to see your king. I have met the Emperor of Japan, so now I hope to see the King of Norway. But I have never seen the U.S. President.”
RF: “Oh yeah, and she’s not “in the business. She’s a stay at home mom for my two kids, a boy 3 years old and a girl, 19 months.”
RF: “Yes, north of Hollywood, not the city part of it with big houses, more out in the country side with smaller houses, lots of fresh air.”
“And I guess you have horses?”
RF: “Some, yes. The one I rode on Laramie was given to me by the producer afterwards. It was 22 years old, so now it’s retired and entertainment for my son.”
“Movies vs. TV?”
RF: “Movies are a lot of fun, but I always find it sad when filming is over and you don’t see people you’ve worked with for months, until maybe several years later.”
RF: “I’d love to play an Indian once, and a swashbuckler, like Tyrone Power.”
“Any positive impressions of Norway, given your short, rain soaked stay?”
RF: “Have never in my life seen so many pretty girls at the same time. Just the trip in from the airport, every one you see…very nice! And the Norwegian children, so fresh and healthy, with round apple cheeks. It must be the climate!”
“How long will you be in Norway?”
RF: “Filming takes about 8 weeks, but we are doing a lot of shooting in Austria afterwards so I don’t know exactly how long we’ll be here.”