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John Wayne & George Plimpton Shoot Out At Rio Lobo 1970


George Plimpton got a job playing one of the bad guys in the Howard Hawks directed John Wayne Western Rio Lobo in the spring of 1970. In this special we see him talking to Hawks about whether he’ll be killed off or not, to Wayne about how to cultivate a special walk to make oneself a star in movies and to himself as he attempts to rehearse his tiny part and while doing so is caught in the frame of a setup for another scene and chastised by Wayne. Wayne calls Plimpton “Pimpleton” throughout this special.

One in a series of wonderful Walter Mitty type adventures as George Plimpton took us inside the world of movie making.