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History Creator / JohnWayne

21st Apr '16 4:46:02 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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Although Wayne is known for his conservative activism - among other causes, he supported the Hollywood blacklist and the VietnamWar - he rarely let politics interfere with whom he worked with. Creator/KirkDouglas, as liberal as Wayne was conservative, praised Wayne for his willingness to keep promises and help other actors find roles.[[note]]Douglas cited ''Cast a Giant Shadow'' as an example; the film's director, Melville Shavelson, spent years trying to interest studios in the project, without success. Shavelson showed the script to Wayne, who liked it but thought he was wrong for the lead role, Mickey Marcus. He convinced Shavelson to cast Kirk Douglas instead, appearing in a brief cameo, while helping to secure financing and studio backing for Shavelson behind the scenes.[[/note]] When Creator/GeorgeTakei balked at appearing in ''FZilm/TheGreenBerets'' for political reasons, Wayne told Takei that he didn't mind his politics - he only cared that Takei was right for his part. More than anyone else, Wayne is probably the one responsible for [[AmericanPoliticalSystem shifting American conservatism away from its genteel, country-club image and toward the rough-and-tumble, often disgruntled cultural attitude it has today]].

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Although Wayne is known for his conservative activism - among other causes, he supported the Hollywood blacklist and the VietnamWar - he rarely let politics interfere with whom he worked with. Creator/KirkDouglas, as liberal as Wayne was conservative, praised Wayne for his willingness to keep promises and help other actors find roles.[[note]]Douglas cited ''Cast a Giant Shadow'' as an example; the film's director, Melville Shavelson, spent years trying to interest studios in the project, without success. Shavelson showed the script to Wayne, who liked it but thought he was wrong for the lead role, Mickey Marcus. He convinced Shavelson to cast Kirk Douglas instead, appearing in a brief cameo, while helping to secure financing and studio backing for Shavelson behind the scenes.[[/note]] When Creator/GeorgeTakei balked at appearing in ''FZilm/TheGreenBerets'' ''Film/TheGreenBerets'' for political reasons, Wayne told Takei that he didn't mind his politics - he only cared that Takei was right for his part. More than anyone else, Wayne is probably the one responsible for [[AmericanPoliticalSystem shifting American conservatism away from its genteel, country-club image and toward the rough-and-tumble, often disgruntled cultural attitude it has today]].
6th Mar '16 9:57:59 PM KevinKlawitter
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* ''Film/BigJimMcLain'' (1952): Wayne's love letter to the RedScare, infamously casting himself as a heroic HUAC agent assigned to root out Soviet spies in Hawaii. The first film Wayne produced as well as starred in.
6th Mar '16 8:25:17 PM JulianLapostat
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His son Patrick is infamous for (badly) hosting the 1990 version of ''Series/TicTacDough''.

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His son Patrick is infamous for (badly) hosting the 1990 version of ''Series/TicTacDough''.
''Series/TicTacDough'' and respected by cinephiles as a good character actor in many of Creator/JohnFord's films.
6th Mar '16 4:52:16 PM themisterfree
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His son Patrick is infamous for (badly) hosting the 1990 version of ''Series/TicTacDough''.
8th Feb '16 1:02:51 AM ChrisX
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Is the [[TropePantheon Patron God]] of TheWestern, TheWildWest, and {{Cowboy}}s. His most likely SpiritualSuccessor (in terms of cultural impact and filling the same types of roles) is Creator/ChuckNorris.

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Is the [[TropePantheon Patron God]] of TheWestern, TheWildWest, and {{Cowboy}}s. His most likely SpiritualSuccessor (in terms of cultural impact and filling the same types of roles) is Creator/ChuckNorris.
21st Jan '16 7:43:45 AM RushLimborg
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* ''Film/HowTheWestWasWon'': Wayne plays General Sherman in the "Civil War" storyline.
10th Dec '15 7:57:54 AM GunarmDyne
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* ''Film/DonovansReef'' (1963): Wayne is Michael Patrick Donovan, a World War II veteran living in French Polynesia who pretends to be the father of his friend's children when said friend's long-lost daughter arrives unexpectedly.
21st Nov '15 9:57:55 AM Ironbear
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However, as said earlier, just about all of his movie roles were the same: A gruff man, world-weary and realistic, but definitely [[{{Determinator}} not one to take no for an answer]]; probably harder on himself than anyone else is; not a fan of violence, but when the chips are down, turns out to be a spectacular fighter; at best confused about women and at worst saw them as a hindrance, but eventually warms up to one and gets over his prejudices; on the other hand, on occasion holding views on minorities, [[Film/TheSearchers especially Native Americans,]] that are shockingly racist [[UpToEleven even for the times]]. (''Film/{{Hondo}}'' is a notable aversion of that last one....)

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However, as said earlier, just about all of his movie roles were the same: A gruff man, world-weary and realistic, but definitely [[{{Determinator}} not one to take no for an answer]]; probably harder on himself than anyone else is; not a fan of violence, but when the chips are down, turns out to be a spectacular fighter; at best confused about women and at worst saw them as a hindrance, but eventually warms up to one and gets over his prejudices; on the other hand, on occasion holding often said to hold views on minorities, [[Film/TheSearchers especially Native Americans,]] that are shockingly racist [[UpToEleven even for the times]]. (''Film/{{Hondo}}'' is a notable aversion of that last one....)
16th Nov '15 12:09:23 AM RushLimborg
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* ''Film/{{HellFighters}}'': Wayne plays the head of an elite team of firefighters that specialize in oil-well cases.

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* ''Film/{{HellFighters}}'': ''Film/{{HellFighters}}'' (1968): Wayne plays the head of an elite team of firefighters that specialize in oil-well cases.
16th Nov '15 12:08:44 AM RushLimborg
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* ''Film/BigJake'' (1971). Wayne plays RetiredBadass Jake [=McCandles=] whose grandson is kidnapped by a group of violent thugs who demand a ransom. Jake, along with two of his sons, [[BadassGrandpa goes to get his grandson back]]. One of the Duke's later films, and set in the year 1909, it dealt with themes such as the closing of the American West and the end of the day of cowboy heroes like the ones Wayne had always played. Notable also for featuring two of Wayne's real-life sons, as well as the son of Creator/RobertMitchum, in prominent roles.

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* ''Film/BigJake'' (1971). Wayne plays RetiredBadass Jake [=McCandles=] whose grandson is kidnapped by a group of violent thugs who demand a ransom. Jake, along with two of his sons, [[BadassGrandpa goes to get his grandson back]]. One of the Duke's later films, and set in the year 1909, it dealt with themes such as [[TwilightOfTheOldWest the closing of the American West West]] and the end of the day of cowboy heroes like the ones Wayne had always played. Notable also for featuring two of Wayne's real-life sons, as well as the son of Creator/RobertMitchum, in prominent roles.
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