Pancho Villa played himself in American-made movie

By Bartee Haile
 
In an El Paso hotel room on the fifth day of January 1914, Pancho Villa came to terms with a Hollywood studio to make a silent movie about the role of the bandit-turned-rebel in the Mexican Revolution. No one can say for sure whose idea it was to shoot the “Centaur of the North” and his peasant army in action or how much the “star” was paid.
 
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