John Wayne And Clint Eastwood Didn’t Work Together Due To Contrasting Beliefs – Old western – My Blog
The Hostiles was not the first time Eastwood would reach out to Wayne about a role in one of his movies. Earlier, he’d offered him a role in the film Dirty Harry, which the Duke rejected but later regretted his action, saying, “I made a mistake with that one.”The contrasting beliefs of the two legendsThe personality of John Wayne was that of a conservative who pushed back against anything that violated morality according to his own moral code. For instance, in bringing his ideals to the movie screen, he would never shoot an enemy in the back in any of his films or engage in anything that would bring dishonor to what he tagged as the legacies of his dear country.In proving his ideals, he criticized the concluding part of the movie High Noon, stating that it was “the most un-American thing I’ve ever seen in my whole life.”On the other hand, Clint Eastwood was in love with stories and characters with no clear morality, which helped him make movies without necessarily inputting any personal bias into the story and characterization.The Hostiles was never made, but the two legends did have the opportunity to meet each other for the first time in 1976 while Wayne was making the movie The Shootist. The duo reportedly had a happy time, connected by the fact that they were both conservatives.