Monday, 17 January 2011
Top Ten Western Actors No 3 - James Stewart
Stewart never ever took acting lessons, telling one interviewer - "I don't act, I just read the lines."
"Maybe most people identify with me but dream of being John Wayne." James Stewart.
Stewart by his own admission was an unlikely western hero, he stated that he looked like a lanky string of bones, but when he put on those six shooters he just looked the part. After he parted company with Anthony Mann he finally worked for John Ford and was cast alongside John Wayne in the awesome The Man who Shot Liberty Vallance and afterwards he had a small role as the most unlikely Wyatt Earp of them all in Cheyenne Autumn. He was excellent in both Two Rode Together and The Rare Breed and Stewart's part in the sprawling How the West was Won is perhaps the high point in a movie full of high points.
Below I have embedded a fascinating video clip from You Tube which features Anthony Mann talking about directing James Stewart - a man with a purpose indeed!