High Plains Drifter, which is again on TV tonight, was the primary movie Eastwood each starred in and directed. It firmly established him as a daring filmmaker who may unusually enchantment to each viewers from artwork home to conservative center America. Everyone, that’s aside from The Duke. Wayne was a famously and really loud and proud bastion of essentially the most conservative views inside society and inside his personal beloved Westerns. Eastwood as soon as revealed the blunt letter he obtained from his fellow star, whereas Wayne’s personal son described his father’s brutal rejection of an overture from the actor and director.
Although Eastwood was primarily working in tv on the western Rawhide from 1959 to 1966 whereas Wayne was using throughout the large display, there was a golden alternative for the pair to work collectively in 1973. By then, the youthful star was an acclaimed film star, thaks to the likes of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly franchise.
Eastwood had struck gold by teaming up with Sergio Leone for his Dollars Trilogy. The third and last film – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, got here out in 1966 and was an on the spot business smash.
Five years later, Eastwood directed his first movie, Play Misty For Me, and likewise launched the Dirty Harry saga. He was scorching Hollywood property and in 1973 directed his first western, High Plains Drifter.
Wayne had truly been supplied Dirty Harry first. He turned it down, one thing he later regretted, admitting, “I made a mistake with that one
Wayne additionally famously turned down a proposal from Steven Spielberg, blasting his movie as ‘Un-American drivel.
Eastwood, in distinction, was interested in tales and characters with shaded, ambiguous morality.
In 1973 Eastwood despatched Wayne the script for a brand new challenge, The Hostiles, that he thought can be good for the 2 of them.
The movie was a couple of youthful man who received half of a ranch, owned by an older cowboy/rancher. Their preliminary antagonism modifications to comradeship after they need to battle off assaults on their land.
After Wayne rejected the script the primary time and was despatched a revised model, he replied with a private letter to Eastwood which clarified his rejection and likewise made these well-known factors about High Plains Drifter.
Even so, Eastwood despatched the script for The Hostiles to Wayne one final time. Wayne’s son Mike handed it to him whereas they have been out crusing. The star merely grunted “This piece of sh** once more” and threw it overboard into the ocean.
The John Wayne biography – Duke, a Love Story – recounts how he bluntly dismissed The Hostiles: “This type of stuff is all they know the way to write today … somebody like me and Eastwood trip into city, know all the pieces, act the large guys, and everybody else is a bunch of idiots.”
In the tip, the movie was by no means made, however the two stars lastly met in individual for the primary time in 1976 when Wayne was making The Shootist. When he heard Eastwood was visiting the set, he solely cared about one factor, and it had nothing to do with earlier exchanges.
Co-star Ron Howard recalled that every one the veteran needed to learn about was Eastwood’s politics. Reassured that he was additionally a staunch conservative, The Duke was comfortable to be launched.