'The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend': 8 stories from the set

In "The Searchers," writer Glenn Frankel explores the making of the movie which is often called the best Western of all time.

By , Staff Writer

3. John Wayne

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Wayne (who was born Marion Morrison) said candidly that he cultivated the "John Wayne" persona to try to establish a film presence. "When I started, I knew I was no actor, and I went to work on this Wayne thing," he said. "It was as deliberate and studied a project as you'll ever see. I figured I needed a gimmick, so I dreamed up the drawl, the squint and a way of moving meant to suggest that I wasn't looking for trouble but would just as soon throw a bottle at your head as not. It was a hit-or-miss project for a while but it began to develop."

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