Interview and video: Cherokee actor and Oklahoma native Wes Studi talks about Westerns before appearing as host of HDNET Movies series

By Brandy McDonnellAn abbreviated version of this story appears in Friday's Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman.'The American mythology': Cherokee actor Wes Studi helps tell the story of the West in his film rolesWes Studi has played memorable roles as a police detective in the crime thriller “Heat,” a superhero trainer in the comedy “Mystery Men” and as the protective patriarch of the alien tribe the Na’vi in the blockbuster sci-fi epic “Avatar.”Still, the Cherokee actor is best known for his work in Westerns, including the title role in “Geronimo: An American Legend,” as a tough Pawnee warrior in “Dances With Wolves” and, more recently, as a dying Cheyenne chief in “Hostiles.”“You take a film like ‘Avatar,’ which is set off into the future, that’s essentially a Western, in terms of the way it’s built, the way it’s told and the subject matter.Read more on NewsOK.com

By Brandy McDonnell

An abbreviated version of this story appears in Friday's Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman.

'The American mythology': Cherokee actor Wes Studi helps tell the story of the West in his film roles

Wes Studi has played memorable roles as a police detective in the crime thriller “Heat,” a superhero trainer in the comedy “Mystery Men” and as the protective patriarch of the alien tribe the Na’vi in the blockbuster sci-fi epic “Avatar.”

Still, the Cherokee actor is best known for his work in Westerns, including the title role in “Geronimo: An American Legend,” as a tough Pawnee warrior in “Dances With Wolves” and, more recently, as a dying Cheyenne chief in “Hostiles.”

“You take a film like ‘Avatar,’ which is set off into the future, that’s essentially a Western, in terms of the way it’s built, the way it’s told and the subject matter.
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