John Wayne was so infuriated by Robert Duvall on True Grit he virtually punched him | Films | Entertainment | EUROtoday

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True Grit was a godsend for John Wayne, who lobbied for the lead function of one-eyed US Marshal Rooster Cogburn after studying Charles Portis’ novel of the identical identify.

Duke would go on to lastly win the Best Actor Oscar for the half on April 7, 1970, however manufacturing was removed from simple for him.

Despite being an enormous star, he was not in charge of casting.

Famously Elvis Presley couldn’t be secured for the supporting function of the Texan La Boeuf, because the singer’s supervisor Colonel Tom Parker demanded prime billing above Wayne himself.

Meanwhile, his True Grit co-star Robert Duvall would find yourself leaving the Western legend fuming as soon as the shoot had begun.

Duvall was 38 when he performed Lucky Ned Pepper in True Grit and had but to turn into the Hollywood main man of his later profession. He was identified for having a fiery mood similar to his outdated roommate Gene Hackman, who he lived in New York with alongside Dustin Hoffman once they had been poor younger thespians. All three loved sensible jokes, however Duvall and Hackman had been identified for having quick fuses which led to explosive bar fights. Hoffman has beforehand shared how Duvall ended up incorporating his real-life anger into his performances. The latter would pick an viewers member he pretended to hate after which shouted ‘f*** you!’ when he left the stage following a curtain name.

As a technique actor, he turned pissed off when Wayne and True Grit director Henry Hathaway’s plans for his character didn’t match up along with his. As a consequence, confrontations on set turned commonplace. He mentioned in 2015: “The director and I didn’t get along — I don’t get along with a lot of directors.” And on one other event, added: “Henry Hathaway… we won’t talk about him.” Duvall became irritated by Hathaway’s dictatorial and aggressive directing style, with the actor remembering: “He’d say, ‘When I say, ‘Action! Tense up, Goddam you.’ It’s hard to work under that as a young actor.” As a result, the pair would have fierce arguments which eventually were interjected by Wayne himself.

True Grit was Duke’s passion project after all and the Western legend ended up fighting with Duvall himself to the point where he threatened to punch him if he didn’t stop arguing with Hathaway. The Lucky Ned Pepper star may never have gotten over his feuding with Hathaway, but would speak highly of Wayne despite this altercation.

Even though he won Best Actor for True Grit, Wayne wasn’t happy with his performance as Rooster Cogburn and later called the award “beginner’s luck”. Yet Duvall admitted: “Wayne wasn’t as bad as some supposedly serious actors I’ve seen who trained at the Actors Studio and all that… Wayne was interesting to be around. He was pleasant and outgoing.”