Skip to comments.If John Wayne were alive today....
Posted on 05/13/2011 4:14:05 AM PDT by rfreedom4u
I often wonder that if John Wayne were alive today, what would he think/do/say regarding the current events of the world. Not just the current regime in DC and Congress, but Iraq, Afghanistan etc....
Obama voters, life’s hard. But it’s harder if you’re stupid.
Considering he is an actor, I am sure that he may say something (one time) that would not agree with FREEPERS and he would be bashed just like the rest of Hollywood. He was great at reading words off a script but that is what he is an actor. I am not one to put actors on pedestals.
beat me to it Naps
I don’t get how pretending to be somebody else makes your opinion so important.
That was one good-lookin’ dude! I have a photo up on my wall from Stagecoach - when the Duke was a gorgeous young man. During a party several years ago, one of my guests “keyed” it. Really. I’ve never found out who it was and shudder to think I may still be friends with this person. Although defaced, it still hangs on my wall.
How old are you? The Duke was a truly great American as well as an amazing icon of male beauty and character. He stood up against the liberal elites of Old Hollywood in defense of the Viet Nam War and its despised vets, honored American traditions and values in his movies and survived the Big C to help fight it with his money and star power.
Personally, I fell in love with him when he was the only Hollywood star to stand up in defense of the raped and vilified Patty Hearst during her trial. The misogynistic left was laughing at her multiple rapes by the SLN and the Duke quietly said: leave that little girl alone. As a twenty year old girl myself I was gobsmacked by his kindness.
Some of you guys need to educate yourself.
Dear God, I almost had a stroke when I read some of these remarks. I need to calm down.
What happened to my country? What happened to this site?
Young people? Who don’t know their history? I truly had to leave FR for a while - I was so disgusted by the stupidity of those remarks.
He would ride into Afghanistan with Ben Johnson, Victor McGlaghlen and Ward Bond by his side. I’m pretty sure those four men could clean it up pretty well. Six guns, repeating rifles and a good horse. Thats all they’d need!!
I think he would take two guns in his hands and yell: Fill your hand, you son of a bitch!
And then Robert Duvall/Lucky Ned Pepper would say: Well, Rooster - I am shot to pieces!
My brother is a Hollywood comedy writer - he once wrote jokes for John Wayne’s Oscar appearance around 1971. Although his autographed photo is getting somewhat yellowed, it still hangs proudly in his kitchen.
If John Wayne were alive today he would probably be making some more awful movies. I know he is beloved and while I am sure he was a really good guy, as long as you weren’t married to him, his acting skills were awful.
“Well ah rite then pilgrim”. There are JW movies on cable all the time, there was one on last night, no one has to go without JW.
Why would he need those guys? After all, he won WWII all by himself.
You are a true jackass. I’m constantly amazed at people who obviously have no connection to the theatre or film world and yet mail in their stupid opinions about acting. John Wayne was a fine actor and a great personality. And don’t show your ignorance by quoting erroneously from the wonderful classic film “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.” “Ah rite then pilgrim,” indeed.
Anyone have a Valium?
Wouldn’t you love to see consummate American John Wayne go up against steroid boy communist Matt Damon?
The Duke vs the Puke.
John Wayne may have been an actor, but many of his off screen remarks and not a small amount of his money were dedicated to conservative causes.
The Quiet Man 1952
The Searchers, Stagecoach, The High and the Mighty, They Were Expendable (what a movie!), Red River, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Rio Bravo, True Grit, The Shootist...my God, the list goes on and on and on. And no, he was not typecast. He chose his roles very carefully - he and his wonderful directors formed his on-screen personality. The only thing that the Duke wanted to play and didn’t have the opportunity - at this is the truth - is Noel Coward! He loved the plays of Noel Coward and actually wanted to do one. The closest he came, I guess, was wrecking havoc on the Brits in “Brannigan”!
I love it! Remember how he took down lib reporter David Janssen in The Green Berets?
Another thing I like about “The Duke”. He loved to sail. He was a man of the sea. If you put a gun to my head and made me pick my favorite John Wayne movie, it would probably be “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance”. One of the more underrated movies ever made. It had a lot of deep running themes that have relevance today.
“When the legend becomes fact, print the legend”
It’s too bad he died before Ronald Reagan became President. You can imagine he would have been over to the White House a lot yucking it up with Ronny about old time Hollywood. He died much too young. And I remember crying bitterly when John Wayne died. As a teenager close to joining the Marine Corps, it was a hard thing to do to cry. But cry I did.
The problem is, John Wayne was a two-bit hack with a gimp leg, who was woefully unintelligent, politically inane, and utterly talentless in every way. I have no idea how he rose to prominence, with so many GOOD actors out there. John Wayne makes me projectile-vomit!
If by that you meant that John Wayne and Ronald Reagan worked together in a movie, you are wrong. They never worked on a movie together. I made a list of Duke's movies from IMDB listing the full cast of each flick, then sorted it by last names and RR’s name never showed up.
If you meant they worked together off-screen, then most likely they did. That would have meant more anyway. Do something substantive rather than making a fluff movie.
And he ran for his life for the rest of his life....
Sorry, couldn’t resist.
Your remarks restore some of my faith in FR; I can perfectly well understand your tears at his death. I, myself, cried when Steve McQueen died...so young, aged 49.
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is my favorite as well. I always say that as a woman who loves Westerns it’s because most of it takes place in a kitchen, lol. Remember the Duke’s great love in the movie, Vera Miles? But, of course, its themes about truth versus fiction, character over success, are beautifully presented.
Over the years, I’ve become a major fan of Rio Bravo - so entertaining, so funny, so well-acted, directed by the great Howard Hawks. And has one of my favorite songs: My Rifle, My Pony and Me.
Did you know that JOhn Wayne wanted Karen Carpenter to play Mattie Ross in “True Grit”? Also, Elvis Presley was offered Glen Campbell’s part in “TG” but Col. Parker nixed that. Something about “not being the right thing for Elvis” or some such drivel. Now that would have been a “royal” movie. The Duke and the King together in a single flick.
If he were still alive and well, John Wayne would have already made a pro-USA movie about the war on terror, you can bet on that!
His movie would celebrate the accomplishments, heroism, and sacrifices that our servicemen (and their families) display every day on all our behalf. John Wayne did that during Vietnam, and he dang sure would do it now.
John Wayne was a fine actor and a good man. Yes, being an actor doesn’t make his opinions more valuable, but I appreciated his opinions not because he was John Wayne the Actor, but because he was John Wayne the Man.
John Wayne’s not dead - he’s frozen. And as soon as we find the cure for cancer we’re gonna thaw out the Duke and he’s gonna be pretty pissed off. You know why? Have you ever taken a cold shower? Well multiple that by 15-million times, that’s how pissed off the Duke’s gonna be. I’m gonna get the Duke and John Cassavetes...
and Lee Marvin
and Sam Pekinpah
And a case of Whiskey and drive down to Texas...
- Dennis Leary (A$$hole)
The Colonel was a complete idiot when it came to movies for Elvis - in fact he would have fit in perfectly with some of the dopes currently on this thread commenting on acting values, lol!
I recently watched True Grit and was amazed at how the performance of Kim Darby held up compared to the robotic performance of that child in the remake. She’s certainly not perfect - she sorta speaks with a Vassar accent - but she’s pretty good. And at least Glen Campbell has the appropriate cowlick for the preening LaBoeuf!
But aside from John Wayne and Robert Duvall, the great acting teacher, Jeff Corey, practically steals the picture as the whining villian, Tom Chaney. Josh Brolin was SUCH a comedown.
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