John Wayne once revealed his personal rule for accepting Hollywood film roles. It was in a recent Talking Pictures episode on the BBC that viewers got an inside look into the long and successful career of Wayne, in addition to his personal rule when it came down to accepting film roles.
In some archived footage, Wayne explains how he decided which roles to accept and which appealed most to him.
John Wayne on his personal rule for accepting Hollywood acting roles
In the footage, he says, “Personal story is a rule. Sometimes you’re stuck, and it is getting time for an assignment to come up, and you accept stories that are not completed… But as a rule, whenever that happens, you run into a mess, but I haven’t learned my lesson completely yet, I still do it on occasion.”
He continues, “This kid’s uncle is an established lawyer, and they’re going into those offices, and one of them will take me in, and I’ll be writing in the backroom.’ So it didn’t look as appealing or exciting as the pictures, so when I was offered the acting job, I accepted it without realizing it would end up a career.”