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‘They Rode with the Duke’

'They Rode with the Duke'

My Dear Blogdanovich Readers,

I’m really sorry to have disappeared the last few months but I’ve been making a new picture. It’s called Squirrels to the Nuts. It’s a comedy (with that title, it better be). We shot it in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Astoria last summer. It was a lot of fun. We had a terrific cast led by Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston. We’re now in the process of finishing the picture and I believe it will be out sometime before the end of the year, or early next.
In the meantime, obviously, I haven’t had much time to write. However, The New York Times gave me a very long
deadline for a book review so I had a couple of months to write, and did, between shots, so to speak. Last week it appeared in The New York Times Sunday Book Review.

The piece was about an enthralling new biography of John Wayne by Scott Eyman titled John Wayne: The Life and Legend. Having known for some time three of the principal characters in Wayne’s story, the book had a peculiar effect on me; because I knew Wayne for 15 years, and John Ford and Howard Hawks, his two great directors, for 10 and 15 years respectively. Therefore it was like reading about friends, mentors, and heroes of mine; but most of all, living and breathing human beings with whom I had the privilege to spend some time. So there was a kind of melancholy as well as an excitement reading about their lives. And the work was very sensitively
written by Mr. Eyman.

If you’re interested in reading what I wrote about the Duke, Ford and Hawks in the Times, we have supplied the link below.

In another month or two I expect to be back on track with more regular blogs. Thanks for your patience.

Playing John Wayne New York Times Sunday Book Review.

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