'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.

3. John Wayne


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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