Today we have “The Hangover” I and II highly popular and successful but encourages lying to your love, getting so drunk you don’t remember anything that therefore justifies anything you can think of doing that is illegal or just plain bad. No wonder the kids now just as the song says, “Blame it on the Alcohol!” Call me old, but when I left a John Wayne movie I felt a whole lot better than the crap Hollywood is putting out lately.
On the big screen we knew him as the cowboy, the co-pilot, the colonel the irish boxer. In life he stood as tall as he was in the movies always the hero of sorts. His youngest son Ethan Wayne remembers living on the beach and is the family member releasing costumes and personal items of his father’s to be auctioned.
Today, many men get paid millions from sports teems and from the movies but squander their money on bad behavior with drugs, gamboling, sexual partners and not a whole lot of having their fame help young kids look up to wanting to be like. John defined a sense of manhood, authority and a powerful control of self. He never got out of character like many of the new actors do. Like, Jim Carey who was a famous funny man but then played in some serious dramas. He lost fans. You knew what you were getting in a John Wayne movie.
His characters were pretty much the same no matter what uniform he wore. Tough , take charge man of action and wholesome values and always getting the bad guy. Watch his movies again; you will probably want to be him or want to sleep with him. He died of cancer at age 72.