John Ford 68 interview

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When John Wayne was getting ready to shoot THE ALAMO in 1960, John Ford decided to pay the actor he had made into a star a visit on the set. John Wayne wanted to direct THE ALAMO himself, so he asked John Ford to direct second unit (which is what he should have done, if he really wanted to get a credit as director). If Wayne had the proper humility he would have asked John Ford to direct it. It would have made the movie a classic, like all John Ford movies -- instead of a bomb. The movie was full of production errors and an amateurish effort at best -- typical of movies directed by actors without directing experience, except for being on sets as actors. As the expression goes, "Everybody wants to direct." In this interview, eight years after the incident, John Ford got even with his renegade protégé.

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