The Impossible Interviews: Wyatt Earp
TRS: Wyatt, you've been portrayed as a legend of the Wild West. But how much of it is real and how much is just Hollywood bullshit?
Wyatt Earp: Well, let me tell you something, kid. I've seen more bullshit in Hollywood than I ever did on the dusty streets of Tombstone. But there's some truth to it all. You don't survive as long as I did in the Wild West without being a bit of a legend.
TRS: Speaking of Tombstone, what really happened at the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral?
Wyatt Earp: That was just another day in the life of a lawman. The Clantons and the McLaurys were some bad hombres, and they had it coming to them. We didn't go looking for a fight, but when they pulled their guns, we had to defend ourselves. And we did.
TRS: There have been rumors that you and Doc Holliday were more than just friends. Care to comment on that?
Wyatt Earp: (laughs) That's just a load of horse manure. Doc and I were partners, plain and simple. We rode together, fought together, and did what we had to do to keep the peace. There was never anything more than that.
TRS: You've been known to be a bit of a ladies' man. Who was the love of your life?
Wyatt Earp: There were a few ladies in my life, but Josie was the one who stuck around. She put up with all my shenanigans and never lost faith in me, even when things got tough. I owe a lot to that woman.
TRS: You've lived through some rough times. What advice do you have for the generations that came after you?
Wyatt Earp: Keep your head on a swivel, kid. Life is tough, but you've got to be tougher. Don't let anyone push you around, and always stand up for what you believe in. And remember, there's no substitute for hard work and a good pair of boots.