Marion Mitchell Morrison, better known as John Wayne or by his pen name Duke was a very famous American producer, director and film actor. His legacy continues to live on, even decades after his death in 1979, through his great hits and the John Wayne Cancer Foundation. He has starred in around 170 blockbusters, but there were many movies in which he was supposed to act, however due to certain conditions he was not able to.
#5 The Gunfighter
It was a series which was specifically purchased for him by Columbia Pictures in 1948. Wayne had a great interest in the role of Jimmy Ringo, but had to turn it down because of his prolonged dispute with the President of Columbia Pictures, Harry Cohn. The series was later on sold to the Fox Pictures and the role was given to Gregory Peck.
#4 Blazing Saddles
Though Wayne promised to be the “first in line” to see the movie, he refused the role offered to him for a cameo appearance by Mel Brooks in the movie, Blazing Saddles in 1974. The reason behind his refusal were the dialogues which he thought to be “too dirty” as per his family image.
Considering a television role at that time would have been inappropriate at that time for a film star of Wayne’s stature. This was the reason why he turned down the role of Matt Dillon in the television series Gunsmoke. He recommend James Arness for the role.
#2 High Noon
Wayne was an active supporter of blacklisting and this movie’s story was an allegory against it. This was the reason that he rebuffed the lead role and he considered the movie to be the most un-American thing he ever saw in his whole life.
#1 The Dirty Dozen
After accepting the role of Major Reismen and making all the changes in the script, he ended up withdrawing from the movie to make The Green Berets.
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