Description: John Wayne Story
Subject: "King of Kings" Cameo by the Duke
The 1961 film "King of Kings," depicting the life of Jesus Christ, had
an all-star cast, some of whom appeared only briefly in short roles called
"cameos." One such cameo for the film was made by John Wayne, who played the
Centurion who witnessed Jesus' crucifiction. The "Duke" only had one line to
speak for his scene: "Truly, this was the Son of God."
During the filming, and after several "takes" of the scene, "Kings"
director Nicholas Ray, still not satisfied with the Duke's performance, made
this suggestion: "Let's have some 'awe'."
For the next take, the Duke, in his best John Wayne self-parody,
delivered the famous line, "Awww, truly this was the Son of God."