Terence Malick’s cameo in Badlands

Terence Malick made one of the great debuts in US cinema with Badlands (1973), but the famously reclusive director also had an unexpected cameo in the film.

In the film a teenage girl (Sissy Spacek) goes on the run with a rebellious young man (Martin Sheen) as they embark on a cross-country killing spree.

Whilst filming a scene set in house the couple temporarily take over, Malick realised that the actor he hired to play ‘Caller at Rich Man’s House’ย had not turned up.

Malick himself had to play the uncredited role and although he wanted to eventually re-shoot the scene with someone else, Martin Sheen reportedly persuaded him not to.

> Terence Malick at the IMDb
> Senses of Cinema essay on Terence Malick