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    Quote Originally Posted by rollin thunder View Post
    Sam Elliott makes for a great cowboy, but he really out did himself in: We Were Soldiers......well him and that .45
    One of the dumbest casting mistakes ever was Sam Elliot as Travis McGee in a TV movie made from one of John D. MacDonald's novels.
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    Why can't a guy like Sam be president?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lance0812 View Post
    One of the dumbest casting mistakes ever was Sam Elliot as Travis McGee in a TV movie made from one of John D. MacDonald's novels.
    John D. MacDonald's novel's should remain on the pages and not the screen. I could never get enough of the Travis McGee series.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rollin thunder View Post
    John D. MacDonald's novel's should remain on the pages and not the screen. I could never get enough of the Travis McGee series.
    I completely agree.
    But I will say the actor who best fit my image of Travis was Rod Taylor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lance0812 View Post
    I'd suggest you watch - in no particular order - "Sands Of Iwo Jima", "She Wore A Yellow Ribbon", "Red River", "The Shootist", "McClintock" "The Searchers" and "True Grit".
    If you can't see the differences in the chacterizations, well... start a campaign to nominate Chuck Norris for an Oscar or something equally futile.

    Trivia: Between 1939 ("Stagecoach") and 1948, John Ford had directed Wayne in several movies. In 1948 Howard Hawks directed Wayne in "Red River" - causing John Ford to say, "I never knew the S.O.B. could act!"
    I can't be held responsible for John Ford's lack of a discerning eye. Seen 'em all multiple times. Maybe that's why I think John Wayne always played John Wayne. I don't think there's a movie of his I haven't seen, so maybe my impression is a conflation of all those roles. <shrug> I like his movies, I like John Wayne, but I still say Eliot has more acting chops.


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    Here's where I think the hang-up is: John Wayne was too big and too iconic to submerge himself into a role. No matter what he was playing, he always looked like John Wayne.
    People who can submerge themselves - Dustin Hoffman, Gary Oldman, Robert Patrick to name a few - get much more credit for their acting ability.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lance0812 View Post
    Here's where I think the hang-up is: John Wayne was too big and too iconic to submerge himself into a role. No matter what he was playing, he always looked like John Wayne.
    People who can submerge themselves - Dustin Hoffman, Gary Oldman, Robert Patrick to name a few - get much more credit for their acting ability.
    Bingo.
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