John Wayne’s Most Controversial Views Have Resurfaced, And They’ve Transformed His Legacy

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John Wayne remains one of the most iconic actors to ever grace the silver screen. And even to this day, the star defines the Western genre like no one else. But it seems that there was also a lesser-known dark side to Wayne that not many of his fans know about. In fact, when you hear what the movie legend had to say for himself during his lifetime, you may be completely shocked.

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Yet the image that most associate with Wayne is that of the all-American hero. Resplendent in cowboy hat and spurs, the actor wooed leading ladies and audiences alike as the charismatic lead of films such as Stagecoach, The Searchers and True Grit. That said, Wayne sometimes jumped genres, as Sands of Iwo Jima, The Quiet Man, and The Longest Day all prove.

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