Clint Eastwood and John Wayne Never Worked Together Because Wayne Hated Eastwood’s Much Darker Takes On The Old West

Clint Eastwood and John Wayne Never Worked Together Because Wayne Hated Eastwood's Much Darker Takes On The Old West

Movie buffs recognize the roles of John Wayne and Clint Eastwood in the movie industry.

You have to agree that the two are legends in the history of western movies.

Wayne and Eastwood’s influence makes you think, “Did they work together?” And if so, “What project did they work on together?”

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Did John Wayne and Clint Eastwood have the opportunity to work together?

Wayne and Eastwood almost worked together in the 1970s. You’re probably wondering why they “almost” worked together. Well, here’s why the duo got into a fight, extinguishing any possibility of a Wayne-Eastwood production.

The outage was outrageous. It was quite comical, you see. Eastwood optional The Enemies to Wayne and asked if they would work together to make the film. Wayne’s reaction was absurd.

The Enemies script spoke of a gambler who wins half an older man’s property. You know, Eastwood wanted to play the gambler and leave Wayne to the lesser role.

Maybe this was Wayne the culprit because he turned down Eastwood’s pitch, not once but twice!

Now you’d think they’d call this fight quieted, right?

Error! Eastwood pitched the film again, this time sending a copy of the script to Wayne. Much to his dismay, Wayne wrote him a letter. Imagine that! Couldn’t he refuse less officially?

In what you would call a “heart to heart,” Wayne denounced Eastwood’s work. This reduced the ability of a team-up to work together.

What was the content of John Wayne’s letter to Clint Eastwood?

You may be wondering what led to the altercation between the two. Was it jealousy? Proud maybe? Or was it that Wayne Eastwood didn’t like?

Sit down for the spicy details.

It was clear from the start that Wayne was not a fan of Eastwood. “Why?” You would wonder. Turns out Wayne hated Eastwood’s High Plains Drifter† Do you want to know why? Well, here it goes.

Have you heard of Wayne’s conservatism? Now Eastwood’s High Plains Drifter violated what Wayne held dear.

According to Wayne, Eastwood’s film was “bad” and portrayed the westerns poorly.

In the letter Wayne wrote to Eastwood, he didn’t hold back. He gave Eastwood a piece of his mind and criticized him for his approach to film.

Why Did Clint Eastwood’s High Plains Drifter Make John Wayne Angry?

From what Wayne claimed (Eastwood portrayed the Old West as cruel), there’s a hint of jealousy in their spit.

This is even apparent from the letter Wayne wrote to Eastwood.

Wayne hated Eastwood’s approach in… High Plains Drifter because it wasn’t the same as his. Wayne thought Eastwood should make more uplifting films.

So you see, folks, differences in ideology can be detrimental to professional relationships.

Wayne and Eastwood, in their eternal greatness, failed to make a movie together.

You have heard several reasons that led to their deadlock.

At this point, I’ll let you be the judge. Was it jealousy or ideological differences?

Arun Agarwal
I am Arun Agarwal, a passionate blogger and gamer. I love to share my thoughts on games and technology through blog posts. I’m also an avid reader of books about history, philosophy, science-fiction, and other genres as well as an anime fan. I like reading books that give me new perspectives or help me think differently about the world around us.