Glen Campbell is most famous for his singing career. However, he also had an acting role alongside the legendary John Wayne in a film that is considered one of the best Westerns ever made.
That film is “True Grit,” which was released in 1969. In it, The Duke plays the iconic character Rooster Cogburn. Campbell played the character of La Boeuf. The film also starred Kim Darby.
As part of a celebration of Wayne, Campbell talked about how he landed his role in the film. That celebration of John Wayne took place during November 2011. It was part of the Jules Verne Festival.
“I was doing my show,” Campbell, who passed away in August 2017 said. “I saw John Wayne in like a barn or something. He had this little girl with him.”
Seeing the legendary Hollywood star quickly got Campbell’s attention.
“And I said, ‘John Wayne, wow,'” he recalled.
Apparently, The Duke was there looking for the singer because a member of the Wayne family was a fan of Campbell’s.
“He said, ‘Is there a Glen Campbell here?’ Well, my daughter wants to meet him,'” the singer recalled with a laugh.
Unsurprisingly, the singer was more than happy to meet Wayne’s daughter.
“Wow. Yeah, I’m Glen Campbell,” he recalled laughing.
Then, John Wayne praised Campbell. And, the singer still remembered it decades and decades later. To make things even better, Wayne also asked Campbell a question that changed his life.
“He said, ‘Well, you must be pretty good or my daughter wouldn’t have wanted to meet you. You want to do a movie?'” Campbell recalled.
And, of course, Campbell agreed to the offer.
“I said, ‘Oh, yeah.’ I said, ‘I never acted before,'” the singer recalled.
This didn’t deter John Wayne.
“He said, ‘I’ll drag you through it. It’s alright,” Campbell said.
You can watch Glen Campbell talk about John Wayne and what it was like filming “True Grit” below.
Glen Campbell Also Shared Details About Working With John Wayne on ‘True Grit’
In addition to talking about meeting John Wayne for the first time, Glen Campbell also shared a few behind-the-scenes details about the filming of “True Grit.”
“He had me on a damn Shetland (pony), basically for my horse,” Campbell also recalled. “And, we’d take off running and (John Wayne) said, ‘You’ve got to catch up to us on these takes.”
Because he was on the horse, Campbell believed he looked similar to a famous film actor from the 1940s. However, it wasn’t because of looks, it was for his height.
“And I said, ‘This damn, little old horse won’t keep up with that big old horse,'” he said. “I looked like Mickey Rooney on that horse – that short.”