Saturday, December 3, 2022

John Wayne’s unbelievable moment with Richard Burton after winning his True Grit Oscar


After decades as a Hollywood star, John Wayne’s Oscars moment finally came when he starred as Rooster Cogburn in True Grit. After reading Charles Portis’ novel, Duke actively campaigned for the starring role in the 1969 movie, which saw him collaborate once again with director Henry Hathaway. A year later, the 63-year-old picked up his Best Actor gong at the Academy Awards for the film, admitting: “Wow, if I’d have known that, I’d have put that patch on 35 years earlier.”

Wayne even whispered in Barbra Streisand’s ear as she handed him the Oscar: “Beginner’s luck”.

Yet despite his Academy Award win and True Grit’s commercial success, the Western legend wasn’t happy with the finished product.

When promoting the movie in the summer of 1969, he told interviewers of the “better” films he’d starred in previously, including John Ford’s Stagecoach some 30 years prior.

Wayne also couldn’t stand 21-year-old Kim Darby’s performance as 14-year-old Mattie Ross, and the co-stars barely spoke off-camera.

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John Wayne’s unbelievable moment with Richard Burton after winning his True Grit Oscar (Image: GETTY)

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Duke had initially promised the role for his daughter Aissa Wayne, but Hathaway refused to cast her.

Even though Darby was instead, the director didn’t like her and believed she was wrong for the role.

Despite all this, the Mattie actress praised Wayne saying how wonderful he was to work with, although did tell producer Hal B Wallis that she never wanted to work with Hathaway ever again.

Aside from Darby, Hathaway hated singer Glen Campbell’s “wooden” performance as LaBoeuf and believed he was only cast so True Grit would have a hit theme song to promote the movie.



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