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The Classic John Wayne Western That Clint Eastwood Passed On (& How It Led To Wayne Cussing Out Eastwood) – My Blog


 Clint Eastwood’s Western movies were darker and more cynical than those made during the “Golden Age” of Hollywood, which might explain why John Wayne wasn’t a fan. John Wayne’s final movie, The Shootist, almost starred Clint Eastwood, but other actors were considered due to Wayne’s declining health. Wayne had a confrontation with the director on the set of The Shootist, refusing to film a scene where his character shot someone in the back, stating he had never done that in his career.
Clint Eastwood passed on a Western movie role that went on to feature one of John Wayne’s best performances. While Westerns were once one of the most dominant genres in Hollywood, they waned greatly in popularity during the 1960s. Eastwood was one of the last movie stars to make his name off the genre, thanks to the success of Sergio Leone’s Dollars trilogy or Hang ‘Em High. Clint Eastwood’s Western movies were a good deal darker and more cynical than those produced during the “Golden Age” of studio movies – which might be one reason John Wayne wasn’t a fan.Studio at the time would have leapt at the chance to pair Eastwood and Wayne together in a Western, but the latter held a real distaste for Eastwood’s work. He especially disliked the Eastwood-directed High Plains Drifter and even wrote Clint a letter critiquing it. Despite the popularity of “oaters” declining sharply, Wayne was one of the few actors to star in them consistently until the end of his career. His final role in 1976’s The Shootist cast Wayne as a dying gunfighter and features one of his most vulnerable performances. Wayne wasn’t the only actor considered for the role, however.John Wayne’s Final Movie The Shootist Almost Starred Clint
Clint eastwood unforgiven john wayne the shootist

The star suffered from ill health for many of his final projects, including Wayne’s only sequel Rooster Cogburn, and his name alone was no longer enough to guarantee a hit. According to the biography Duke: The Life and Times of John Wayne, it was the star’s ongoing health struggles that led the studio to consider many other name actors for The Shootist, including Paul Newman, Charles Bronson and – of course – Clint Eastwood. They all passed, so the project finally came around to Wayne.The Shootist ended up being a perfect final screen role for Wayne, though contrary to rumor, the star hadn’t been diagnosed with cancer when he was filming it. Wayne considered other film roles in the years following The Shootist – including bluntly rejecting an appearance in Spielberg’s 1941 because he felt it made light of World War 2 – but illness prevented this. While The Shootist wasn’t much of a success upon release, it received good reviews and Wayne’s performance is now regarded as one of his best.Wayne Cussed Out Eastwood On The Shootist’s Set
John Wayne in the 1976 movie The Shootist.
Perhaps Wayne wouldn’t have accepted The Shootist had he been aware that Newman or Eastwood have turned it down first. The film itself was helmed by regular Eastwood collaborator Don Siegel (Dirty Harry), and there’s even a still image of Eastwood, Siegel and Wayne meeting on The Shootist’s set. However, Wayne’s unhappiness over a scripted scene where his character Books shot a bad guy in the back during the finale saw Siegel invoke Eastwood’s name.Eastwood himself recounted on Inside the Actor’s Studio an anecdote from The Shootist’s set, where he stated Siegel made a “terrible error” trying to direct Wayne in this sequence. When Wayne proclaimed he had “never” shot anyone in the back during his screen career and wasn’t about to start. Siegel countered that Clint would have filmed the scene that way, to which John Wayne turned “blue” and shouted, “I don’t care what the kid woulda done, I don’t shoot ’em in the back!” Wayne clearly got his way, as in The Shootist’s ending, he doesn’t shoot anyone in the back.

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Interesting things happen at the “Duketober” celebration at the John Wayne museum . – My Blog

The enduring legacy of actor John Wayne, America’s ultimate cowboy, was celebrated last month, fittingly enough, by the Cowboy Channel in association with the John Wayne: An American Experience museum in Fort Worth, Texas.

The “Duketober” celebration is a month-long airing of classic John Wayne movies via broadcast and streaming. It will culminate with a 50th anniversary live panel discussion on Nov. 3 in remembrance of Big Jake, the 1971 movie that bought Wayne together with sons Ethan and Patrick, who will participate in a discussion about his films and career.Wayne’s legacy has taken a few hits in the last couple of years.

A 50-year-old Playboy magazine interview outlining some of his controversial views on race surfaced, sparking his USC alma mater to remove an exhibit on him. There’s also a movement to remove his name from the Orange County airport. So far, that action has failed to gain ground . But Wayne’s cinematic legacy, particularly his western movies, continue to rank among the finest ever produced by Hollywood. Such films as The Searchers, True Grit, Stagecoach and Rio Bravo are considered classics of the genre.

“The John Wayne: An American Experience (JWAAE) museum in the Fort Worth Stockyards has created a perfect synergy for the Cowboy Channel to highlight this incredible western film legend and showcase many of his classic films for our audience,” said Cowboy Channel CEO Raquel Koehler Gottsch.

“Our fans absolutely adore John Wayne, and we couldn’t be happier to have a great relationship with his family and be able to share his movies with our audience and dedicate an entire month to such a western star legend.”“He would be thrilled to learn that so many people still cherish his films after all these years and I know he’s smiling somewhere,” said son Ethan Wayne.

The Cowboy Channel will also feature a Halloween movie marathon of Wayne films, and fans can tune-in to such classics such as Rio Grande, Sand of Iwo Jima, and The Shootist.

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James Caan shares a memorable collaboration with John Wayne on the set of El Dorado. – My Blog

In 1997, James Caan joined The Late Show with David Letterman to starred on John Wayne after they alongside one another on the hit movie El Dorado.While Wayne portrayed the noble elder gunfighter Cole Thorton, Caan plays his loyal friend, Mississippi. Furthermore, the movie was directed by esteemed producer Howard Hawks.

James Caan notes that the first big-name he worked with in Hollywood was John Wayne. Wayne was 33 years older than Caan and already had boomed success in the industry, so naturally, James Caan admired the Duke.“He was great because he could intimidate you,” explains Caan. “He’d stay on you forever, and you’d just crumble. I mean, he’d just try you.”However, on the set of El Dorado, James Caan recalls getting directions from Howard Hawks, also known as Coach.

“So this one night I remember I was between he and Mitchum and Howard Hawks was about 72 at the time, and we’re outside in this old Tucson. This big old western town and Hawks comes up and says, ‘now look, Kid, when you say that line, here’s what’s going to happen. Duke, you go down the middle of the road right down the center because we are going to surround this bar. Mitchum, you go around that way, and Kid, you go around.’ I said, ‘alright, Coach.’ because that’s what we called him, Coach.’

“He was coach,” notes Letterman. “John Wayne was Duke, and you’re the Kid.” After Hawk gave the instructions, he began walking back to the cameras. James Caan, who does a perfect John Wayne impression, reflected on when Wayne tried to offer the then-youngster a few tips.“So now he has to walk back up 50 yards back to the camera. There’s all kinds of extras, and he’s walking back, and the dude looks at me and goes, ‘now look, Kid.’ He says, ‘when you say that there line, I want you to turn around and give me that look you give me.’

“Give Me That Look That You Give Me.”The men begin to laugh hysterically because Jame Caan has no idea what John Wayne is talking about. Regardless, Caan still gave it a try.“I have no idea what he’s talking about. But the truth is that Mitchum explains me that I was laughing at him all the time. Every time he talked because you had to. How can you take him seriously? That ‘why did you do it’ look. So he said, ‘give me that look that you give me.’ I said, ‘alright. Alright Duke.’

At this point, it isn’t Wayne who is mad about Cann’s performance. It is Hawks. However, the Duke still offered his advice. James Caan must.“He gets behind the camera everything starts going, and they go ‘ACTION!’ and I send my one line and I take a step, and I turn around. Coach goes ‘CUT’. Comes running up, and he goes, ‘look, when you take the step. Don’t take the step. I want you to say the line and go. Just go!’ He starts to walk back to the camera, and Wayne goes, ‘now look, Kid. Don’t take a whole step, take a half a step and then turn around and give me that look you give me.’

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John Wayne’s words to his daughter before taking his last breath . – My Blog

John Wayne was in around 170 movies during his long career in the acting world. It’s hard to determine exactly how many because he had starred in so many early on in his career that was considered more obscure.

By the time he was done acting, fans heard him deliver hundreds of thousands of lines to the cameraWhile his acting career was the life he projected, Wayne also had a life outside of the set. He was married three times and divorced twice. In total, John Wayne had seven children during his life. Wayne will always be remembered as the epitome of the Western genre. The tough, macho man behind countless iconic films. He was in movies like “True Grit,” “The Shootist,” “The Cowboys,” and “El Dorado.”

John Wayne’s Last Words : When he was lying in his death bed, however, he wasn’t talking about the Old West or old-fashioned violence. Instead, family was his main concern. According to a Neatorama post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen, Wayne spent his last days in a hospital bed in-and-out of consciousness. He passed away on June 11, 1979, surrounded by many family members.

His daughter, Aissa Wayne (born March 31, 1956) was at his bedside. She held his hand and asked if he knew who she was. He responded with his very last words ever, “Of course I know who you are. You’re my girl. I love you.”

Wayne passed away from stomach cancer. He had been suffering from poor health for several years at this point. Deezen described Wayne on the set of his last movie, “The Shootist” by saying he was often irritable and missed days on set due to poor health. He even had an oxygen tank on set.

Beyond the stomach cancer, John Wayne also had heart issues. He had a long life of smoking, drinking, and a questionable diet. He actually had a pig valve put into his heart. His last appearance would be at the 1979 Academy Awards where he was notably thinner and very sick. He even had a wetsuit on underneath his outfit to make him look bigger.

According to Mental Floss his grave in Corona del Mar, Newport Beach reads, “Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.”

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