Remembering old westerns from my childhood, no actor can stand above John Wayne.
I did not come on to this epiphany until the past few years. Modern movies and shows have numbed me to the point that watching such is a chore.
Who cares about another car chase? Who cares about another automatic gun fight where blood sprays and viewers do not really care about the outcome?
That was when I stopped by Turner Classic Movie channel. Oh, sure, I have been there before, but now I went with a different eye.
Now-deceased stars were prepped and presented by those who held their contracts. Photo ops showed them in best light, with smiles. The studios kept a tight rein on their extracurricular activities. Then, we saw these celebrities only as we were supposed to see them.
John Wayne: no perfect man or star. But he was genuine. He could really ride a horse, could really shoot a gun accurately, and he was the good guy.
John Wayne was as we saw him, warts and all.
Many can and will criticize him for his political and personal views, but none can deny that John Wayne loved this country, was a patriot, and John Wayne lived a life of honesty and strong beliefs.
Oh, how I miss him.