John Wayne had a great career playing John Wayne. Nothing wrong with that — I enjoyed most of his movies, including those noted by his defenders above, The Searchers and Stagecoach. Let’s just not waste people’s time about how he was a great “actor”. He also wasn’t the first man to “convert” in order achieve a secular goal so that doesn’t make him particularly unique, either.
Acting is such a subjective art. While one person questions someones “acting” another awards them an Oscar. I like John Wayne, like other’s more, but to each their own.
I think you don’t really like John Wayne, which is strange for a regular American but it’s OK, tastes are tastes, even though he was indeed a GREAT actor. What I don’t understand is
1) How does converting practically on your deathbed help you achieve “a secular goal”?
2) All the more when you are already a multimillionaire Hollywood star and it’s Catholicism you’re converting to, of all faiths the most hated by the media-academia complex which also hated John Wayne and everyhting he stood for (AKA US of A)?
Sorry, he was a great actor. There are very few people in the film and theatre world who do not understand that. Unless they have a political agenda, of course.
Just because he worked in a popular art form does not mean that every single person’s opinion on him is either right, correct or has any artistic value.
***He also wasnt the first man to convert in order achieve a secular goal so that doesnt make him particularly unique, either.***
I believe Gary Cooper converted to Catholicism in his later days.