In a heartfelt tribute to the American Indian actor and activist, Allcroft reminisces about her feelings towards Means and her dismay of his role being drastically reduced in Thomas and the Magic Railroad.
Russell had a strong proud spirit and felt passionate about the honouring and preservation of the Lakota language and continuing practice and understanding by indigenous people of life itself and its Great Mystery.
I thought he was wonderful as Billy and I was shocked that 'the execs' wanted his scenes cut because they felt him difficult to understand. He wasn't and, after all, he spoke with the voice of his history.
Britt also mentions about her memories of chats with Russell and her close connection with part of his family.