this young actor that John Wayne hated (and it’s not Clint Eastwood)

this young actor that John Wayne hated (and it’s not Clint Eastwood)
this young actor that John Wayne hated (and it’s not Clint Eastwood)

After accusing Clint Eastwood of having signed the death of the western, John Wayne also attacked an emerging actor from the early 70s: Gene Hackman, who, years later, filmed a western with Clint Eastwood that Wayne died before seeing: Merciless.

John Wayne, the anti-New Hollywood?

As he got older, John Wayne didn’t have the language to share his political opinions or his vision of things, even if it meant being reprimanded in front of everyone. According to her daughter Aissa Wayne, author of John Wayne: My Father, the actor also shared his opinions on the family sofa, in front of the TV. She tells :

“Gene Hackman could never appear on screen without my father criticizing his performance. I wish I could tell you why he was so critical of Hackman, but he never went into detail.”

He was even very severe towards the actor of The Scarecrow and Secret Conversation:

At the time, my father called Hackman ‘the worst actor around. He is bad’.

However, Aissa Wayne is convinced that he would have changed his opinion over time: “I’m purely speculating, but if my father had lived to see the development of his career, I think his opinion would be…

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