Wayne was known as a staunch and uncompromising conservative and during the TV interview, they disagreed over a political issue of the day. Their conversion ended with a talk about protecting the environment, which Western myth was not in favor of. If you’re an environmentalist, he thought, you’re against business. And if you’re against labor, you’re a liberal.
Over the years, Christopher desperately tries to reconnect with Wayne for a reconciliation. However, Duke never gave up and never succumbed to the advances, even as he was dying of cancer in 1979. The 72-year-old Western legend made another public appearance at that year’s Academy Awards, quite noticeably. Arriving to a standing ovation, he secretly dons a wetsuit under his tuxedo to help bulk himself up a bit.
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