People: May 13, 1985

Even on dry land his scowl could sink a ship. So Walter Matthau had no trouble at all swashbuckling himself into the character of the peg-legged Captain Thomas Bartholomew Red in Roman Polanski's Pirates. The idea of making a period film appealed to him because "I get to act instead of just being Walter Matthau." But apart from the acting, it has not been a barrel of yo- ho-hos. His beard itched for the first five months, dragging around in his 30-lb. costume has been a drudge, and the wooden leg is not exactly comfortable. Filming has been taking place in...

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