On May 26, 1907, John Wayne (Duke to his friends), was born. On May 31, 1930, Clint Eastwood was born. Both were icons of the Western man, tough, dry, uprooted, few words and not so friendly (though faithful all the way), trigger-happy and bullet-proof.
And they were in and out of the Western, and in and out of the movies. They had much in common, as actors and as individuals, and also great differences; but both were, above all, childhood heroes.
If there is a genre par excellence in the history of cinema (American and universal), it is Western; the genre of epics, of pioneering feats, of pure adventure; of seas of grass and infinite deserts and narrow gorges where certain death awaits you; of the lonely heroes, the redeemed outlaws, of the farmers, tramps, cattlemen, and gold diggers; of the Indians and the 7th Cavalry; of the