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John Wayne Was Paid For His Appearance In Bourbon – My Blog

While a younger audience might not know what The Beverly Hillbillies was, it was a major sitcom for people around in the 1960s. The story of a country bumpkin who strikes it rich after finding oil, the show’s premise of rural folks being left outside the comfort zone remains tried and true to this day. At its peak, it was the most popular show on television, and several big-name celebrities appeared. None, however, were more prominent than John Wayne. 

What was The Beverly Hillbillies?
John Wayne Answered Granny's Prayer on 'The Beverly Hillbillies'

Those who have not heard about The Beverly Hillbillies have likely heard its theme song somewhere. It tells the story of a man named Jed, who accidentally shot into an oil well and stumbled upon millions in dollars. He, alongside the rest of the Clampett family, uprooted and moved to Beverly Hills to live alongside the rich and famous. 

The show held the record for the fastest number one hit upon its premiere and served as a bridge between the early black-and-white 1960s and the color 1970s. However, while the show was still among the most popular shows on television in the early 1970s, CBS nixed it in what is now known as ‘the rural purge’. 
To this day, that purge is spoken about as one of the most egregious instances of a network overstepping its bounds and canceling a show that was still in its prime. However, the show had a lasting legacy, and nearly 50 years after its start, several reunion specials and a 1990s movie remake helped keep it alive. However, there might not be a more significant testament to its success than an appearance by John Wayne.
John Wayne goes to Beverly
Wayne went to Hollywood around the same time that talking movies became the rage. He started in a series of small roles as athletes due to his tall, tough build. By the 1930s, however, he was a bonafide leading man. Wayne was known for his tough-guy persona and unique style of talking. His carefree attitude and imposing presence made him an ideal cowboy in the growing trend of western movies. 
Wayne’s first big movie, The Big Trail, was a massive undertaking that resulted in box office failure. However, at the end of the decade, Wayne appeared in John Ford’s Stagecoach, according to IMDb, and his career was never the same. He premiered in over 140 movies throughout his career, and many of them are still considered classics to this day. 
Films like The Searchers remain staples of the Western genre, while a late role in True Grit showed that Wayne could also act when given the shot. At the same time, when his career was peaking, however, Wayne made an appearance on Hillbillies, but the makers did not need to break the bank to get him involved. 
The Beverly Hillbillies' Officially Ended After This Happened
John Wayne gets paid 
Just because Wayne was one of the first box office superstars, it didn’t mean he had to take on big roles on big screens. His cameo in I Love Lucy remains one of the most iconic moments in television history. However, his part in Beverly Hillbillies was memorable, if not just for how they paid him. The episode features a poorly-aged plot involving the Clampett’s war with an indigenous tribe. 
Throughout the episode, the Clampett’s matriarch, Granny, wishes that she had someone like John Wayne to protect them from a staged attack. However, at the end of the episode, she gets her wish, as Wayne comes in to save the day. Producers didn’t have to break the bank to get the actor, either. He wasn’t paid a hefty sum. All it took was a bottle of bourbon, according to MeTV.
John Wayne’s legacy might be complicated by the controversial things he said throughout his life. However, there was a time where he was a star in a way that few could ever touch. For him to appear on a series like this, it shows just how big The Beverly Hillbillies was during its prime. 

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John Wayne’s unexpected reaction to his lung cancer diagnosis. – My Blog

Years before people would take getting checked for cancer seriously, John Wayne actually did and it ended up saving his life.His son Ethan Wayne, in the latest Gritcast, talks with Stacy Mulder, who is vice president of the John Wayne Cancer Foundation.In this clip provided by the John Wayne Estate on Instagram, Ethan offers some insight into his father’s reasoning for taking action.

John Wayne also knew that it was possible he might not get insured for future pictures.Take a look and listen as The Duke’s son opens up about this important subject.Fans did not hold back their love and respect for Wayne.One of them writes, “Your Dad was one of a kind!”Another one writes, “I loved and still love and respect the person he was! Not just a wonderful actor and entertainer but a great human being! They don’t make them like him anymore!”

A Wayne fan offers up a simple comment. “Awesome son and father”.Outsiders, we will agree that Ethan has done a stellar job in helping to keep the name of John Wayne in the public eye.While The Duke had that cancerous tumor removed and went on to more movie success, he still had issues with cancer.

Sadly, Wayne died in 1979 from stomach cancer.John Wayne Movie ‘Big Jake’ Might Be Super Flick For This Hollywood ActorSo, who would be a solid fit to play the role that John Wayne made famous in Big Jake?Again, we turn to the Wayne sons for some feedback.Ethan and Patrick Wayne offer up their thoughts on this question.“For a while, I’ve watched […] Gene Hackman, at a certain period of his career he easily could have done it,” one son says.

When someone else asks, “What about Russell Crowe?” Patrick says, “Russell Crowe would be great.” Others say “he’s good in everything he does.”The John Wayne Estate has been celebrating the 50th anniversary of Big Jake, which premiered in 1971. Big Jake happened to be director George Sherman’s final film.The cast included Wayne, Maureen O’Hara , and Richard Boone. Big Jake follows the McCandles family while they are being attacked by the Fain Gang.

Martha McCandles ends up sending for estranged husband Jacob “Big Jake” McCandles to find their kidnapped grandson, Little Jake.Film critics took note of the film’s violence, especially for a Wayne movie.Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune writes, “With a little bit of restraint, the latest John Wayne Western, ‘Big Jake,’ might have been one of the veteran star’s recent best. The most obvious excess and this is unusual for a John Wayne film is violence.”

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Bruce Dern paid homage to Western past as ” Man Who Killed John Wayne ” – My Blog

Over the years, Bruce Dern has made quite a career in film. From acting to producing and just about every facet of the industry. One of his most notable roles, earlier in his career was when he killed John Wayne. That film, 1972’s The Cowboy, came up in his Goliath series.Dern’s series, Goliath features Billy Bob Thornton and others in a legal drama, unlike many others.

Throughout the series, the production crew has tried their best to incorporate some of the film legend’s old material into the show. A man who has worked with everyone from Alfred Hitchcock to John Wayne, Quentin Tarantino and more, has a lot to reflect on.

However, it was how they paid homage to that old John Wayne film that really surprised Dern. During the fourth and final season, Billy McBride has a dream in which Dern appears. Riding a horse and wearing a very familiar outfit.“But what they did that I didn’t know, they went back to Western Custom and got the 1972 exact costume I wore in The Cowboys when I killed John Wayne,” Bruce Dern said.

“They did stuff like that. I was totally surprised. I said, ‘S***, I’ve seen this stuff before.’ And they said, ‘Yeah, you wore it in The Cowboys when you killed John Wayne.’ Oh, my God.’” He continued, “Each day they’d come up with little things like that particularly for me. I really appreciated that. And that is Larry Trilling and big-time Billy Bob Thronton. He’s all about what was there before. I mean, we’re not inventing the wheel, so to speak. We’re trying to find new ways to communicate things. And I enjoyed the opportunity to do that.”Bruce Dern Made a Lot of Enemies Killing John WayneWhile the action was just part of a movie, The Cowboy had quite an influence on how many Western fans viewed Bruce Dern. Taking out The Duke is no small task. It comes with a lot of repercussions. Especially the way his character did it, shooting Wayne in the back after losing a fistfight…in front of a bunch of kids.

While the dramatics of the scene was a perfect example of those old classic Westerns, Dern never really shook the reputation with a certain generation of fans. However, while working with John Wayne, Dern received direct orders to disrespect Wayne on set.“But right at the start, he says to me, ‘I want you to do us a favor.’ He was including himself, [director] Mark Rydell, and the scriptwriters.” Dern explained that during the pep talk, “He [Wayne] gave me carte blanche to just treat him like a turd.” All so the kids acting on set as the cowboys would be scared of the bad guys.

Bruce Dern got into the role and listened to the orders that Wayne gave him. Now, the movie is a Western classic, and infamous in the minds and hearts of John Wayne fans everywhere.

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John Wayne or Jeff Bridges, who plays the role of Rooster Cogburn well? – My Blog

Two movies made 50 years apart, both based on a novel by the same name. Two different iconic actors took turns playing the rough-and-tumble marshal Rooster Cogburn in their respective versions of “True Grit.” John Wayne played him in the 1969 version, Jeff Bridges in 2010. Both were celebrated critically. Now, Duke’s official Instagram account is comparing the performances to see which one did it better.Of course, the question was posed by the John Wayne account. So it’s safe to say the people who responded in the comments were at least slightly biased toward the 1969 version.

Then again, both Rooster Cogburn actors were nominated for Academy Awards for their performances. So it’s really anybody’s game.“John Wayne & Jeff Bridges were both nominated for Oscars for their performance as Rooster Cogburn. Which version of the movie is your favorite, 1969 or 2010?” the Instagram caption read.

In the world of remakes, few movies do as much justice to their original counterparts as the 2010 version of “True Grit” from the Coen Brothers. There was no consensus among fans whatsoever. But some of the most popular sentiments seemed to be that the 1969 “True Grit” with John Wayne as Cogburn featured the more iconic performance. Though, many fans thought the 2010 movie was closer to the source text than the original.

“I have to fall on the side of the Duke. BUT, that’s the BEST remake of a film, I’ve ever seen! Loved them both,” a fan replied to the Instagram post.“2010 Much richer film and truer to the book’s feel. Wayne was robbed of an Oscar for the Searchers and this was a lifetime achievement award,” another added.Two Versions of ‘True Grit,’ Two Very Different Approaches to Character . One of the biggest complaints John Wayne fans had of Jeff Bridges’ approach to Rooster Cogburn was how disheveled he appeared.

“Jeff Bridges was horrible had marbles in house mouth and portrait Roster as a slob,” another fan replied to the post from John Wayne’s estate.But a different fan pointed out that, indeed, the portrayal of Rooster Cogburn in the novel by Charles Portis was one of a slobbish man.This isn’t to say that the Bridges performance is better for accuracy. It’s just that Henry Hathaway, the director of the 1969 “True Grit,” and the Coen brothers took different approaches to their movies. As a result, the actors contrasted greatly in their portrayals of Rooster Cogburn.

At the end of the day, however, the win may have to go to John Wayne on this one. After all, we’re still waiting on Jeff Bridges to reprise the role in a sequel. Duke did it in the 1975 film “Rooster Cogburn.”

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