Brendan Wayne had a very interesting childhood. His grandfather was one of the world’s greatest cowboys, John Wayne. Brendan was full of energy when we spoke and very excited about his role in Cowboys and Aliens. Of course his favorite cowboy is John Wayne.
“I grew up watching action movies and to be a part of something like Cowboys and Aliens is great. I was dying to be in the movie and play Deputy Lyle to the Sheriff, played by Keith Carradine.
“On the set, it was odd not to have electricity in the town, up against super high technology – nice mix. We (our characters) vowed to protect the integrity of the town and the people. At the end of the day this is cowboys and Indians. We tell it any way we want. It’s the classic western – humanity against greater odds. People come together against the aliens. The town people are just trying to get along.”
Interesting note –
Stunts were done by Terry Leonard, an old University of Arizona guy that did the under the car scenes in Indiana Jones.
Is Lyle anything like you?
“He’s not as goofy as I am. He has a lot of the same qualities that I aspire to. Get the job done. He also has old fashion values. Many actors get lost in a lot of ways as far as the celebrity in the media goes.
“Noah Ringer – he was such a good guy, and his parents. Clancy Brown and I did my favorite scene – script supervisor said it was really great and that meant a great deal. I love the movie.”
Funny moments during filming –
“Clancy Brown was standing at a hitching post by a couple of horses. One horse got loose and was backing towards me. I tried to dive between the hitching post and the ground – caught my hip and landed face down in the dirt. And slapping horses on the rear that went by me to get them going faster.”
If you could go back to the days of the Wild West, would you?
“I am a man of a different generation. I’d go if I could take my three little girls.”
Have you ever seen a UFO?
“Yes, I saw a UFO – when in Vegas. I saw a lot of things that I couldn’t identify. I do believe there are aliens.”
Brendan is currently in a horror movie production, The Red House. IMDB says the movie is about a young woman who has just inherited a remote house in the woods. She invites her friends along for a vacation as she checks out the place. But their recreation is soon interrupted by torture, madness and murder…
The John Wayne Cancer Foundation was established to fight lung cancer. It is Brendan’s favorite charity.
We plan to speak with Brendan at a future date and learn more about the Duke’s life. Thank you Brendan for sharing your time and delightful personality.
That’s a wrap.