The Duke’s Method Acting Class – The John Wayne school of acting


If you want to be a great actor then you have to learn from the best, here we present Hollywood legend John Wayne’s guide to the art of acting.

Lesson I:
The John Wayne Method For Punching Out A Creep

These days in movies, no one knows how to punch out evildoers anymore. Instead, they routinely resort to blowing up office complexes, running cars off highways into gulleys until they burst into flame, or – and this is really lazy – they simply fire a rocket launcher at the villain.

The Duke did things the old-fashioned way. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1): Eyeball the creep menacingly
Step 2): Step uncomfortably close
Step 3): Say something terrifying (Hint: try to work in the word “pilgrim” if you can.)
Step 4): Wham!

“I haven’t lost my temper in forty years.

But, pilgrim, someone ought to belt you in the mouth.”

“But I won’t. I won’t … the hell I won’t.”
— John Wayne, about to land a haymaker on Leo Gordon in “McLintock”

Lesson II:
The John Wayne Method For Being Sensitive and Courteous

What is the best method for dealing with a bad guy without hurting his feelings?

In these politically correct times, The Duke, as usual, has the answers.

Here’s how to do it:

Step 1) : Put yourself in the other person’s boots
Step 2): Be sure to offer helpful alternatives

“I aim to kill you in one minute, Ned, or see you hang in Fort Smith at Judge Parker’s convenience. Which will it be?”

Lesson III:
The John Wayne Method For Motivating People

There are a million books on motivating people who work for you, people you work for, people you’ve married, and people you wish you hadn’t.

A good motivator should know body language, past-life experiences, “power” plays, zen breathing, and quantum physics.

John Wayne knew it was bunk.

Here’s the secret to how the Duke motivated people:
Step 1) : Become quiet and as sincere as you can stand to be
Step 2): Make an poignant analogy to furry clothing

“There’s right and there’s wrong. You gotta do one or the other.”

“You do the one, and you’re living.”

“You do the other, and you may be walking around, but you’re as dead as a beaver hat.”

– John Wayne to his Tennessee volunteers in “The Alamo”