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John Wayne infuriated James Caan on set – ‘Robert Mitchem had to stop me punching Duke’

John Wayne infuriated James Caan on set – 'I wanted to punch Duke'

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John Wayne went out of his way to “intimidate” James Caan, who he had violent arguments with on the El Dorado set. One incident even saw Duke fill the young actor’s dressing room entirely with garbage.

James Caan was just 27 years old when he had a big break being cast as knife-throwing gambler Mississippi in Howard Hawks’ first remake of Rio Bravo, El Dorado. Co-starring opposite John Wayne and Robert Mitchum in the 1966 Western was a big deal for him and over the years he’s shared some shocking stories of the shenanigans and at times fiery altercations he had with Duke.

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