Few actors in Hollywood historical past have achieved as mythic a standing in our collective conscience as John Wayne. Remembered because the paragon of rugged American masculinity, Wayne traded blows with everybody from previous west outlaws to Nazis. In fact, for all of his many legendary roles, John Wayne by no means crossed into the world of science-fiction. Now, nonetheless, thirty years after his loss of life, it seems we are going to lastly get to see the Duke in a sci-fi function.
In response to a narrative on The Houston Chronicle web site, John Wayne’s closing unreleased efficiency will likely be seen in an upcoming DVD entitled, Thunder Riders of the Golden West. The movie, which was independently produced by Dave Burleson (Wayne’s stunt double and longtime good friend), focuses on “cowboy truckers who hit the path in quest of $3 million price of gold in the midst of an atomic bomb take a look at.”
Whereas I am all for seeing John Wayne saddle up the horse for another mosey across the desert, this movie has the potential to trigger some controversy. For John Wayne purists, The Duke’s final movie was The Shootist, pure and easy. We have all seen how indignant followers can get when their favourite deceased actors rise from the grave to shill merchandise on TV (Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, and Mr. Wayne himself, simply to call just a few examples). So John Wayne saddling up for a sci-fi- themed western may rub some followers of The Duke the unsuitable manner.
Alternatively, it does not appear to be Burleson is seeking to exploit John Wayne in any manner. In spite of everything, they have been associates for a few years and Wayne does not even play the lead within the movie (that function went to Burleson himself). Quite, it appears to be like like Burleson lastly discovered the cash to launch his movie, and it simply so occurred to take him 25 years to do it.
I, for one, can be very to see how Thunder Riders seems. What do you suppose? Does this sound prefer it has potential, or will you skip it to protect your present recollections of John Wayne?