Story of the Day for Thursday August 23, 2012
Audacity and High Praise
Jesus said to her, “O woman, how great is you faith! Your request is granted.”
John Wayne rose to become one of Hollywood’s greatest stars because he kicked his director in the mud.
In 1927, Wayne was a student at USC and worked as an assistant prop boy and occasional extra at Fox Studios. When director, John Ford, decided to make a movie about the football rivalry between Army and Navy, he asked John Wayne to help him recruit football players.
Sol Wurtzel, the producer, offered to pay the football players seventy-five dollars a week, but Wayne, seeking to be modest, suggested they be paid fifty dollars.
But Wurtzel was not impressed. “Congratulations!” the producer responded with derision, “You just screwed yourself out of twenty-five bucks a week.”
John Wayne, apparently, reflected on how he should respond to his superiors. During the filming of the movie, the famous director, John Ford, objected to the way John Wayne lined up in his three-point stance. Ford told Wayne to get in his stance and then kicked Wayne’s arm out and sent him sprawling on the ground.
John Wayne then asked the director to demonstrate the correct football position. As Ford got down into a three-point stance, John Wayne kicked him into the mud.
The director found Wayne’s chutzpah hilarious and immediately took a liking to the brash young man.
After the movie was completed, John Wayne began to find more acting roles in Grade B Westerns, but his career was going nowhere.
In 1938, John Ford took Wayne for a cruise on his yacht, Araner. Ford asked Wayne to read the script for Stagecoach and suggest someone to play the lead role of the Ringo Kid. Ford’s financial backers were pressuring the director to hire Gary Cooper for the lead role. But, after Ford concluded his cutting jibes about Wayne’s stagnant career, he said, “Duke, I want you to play the Ringo Kid.”
Stagecoach was a hit and catapulted John Wayne from obscurity to Hollywood stardom – and all because John Wayne had the nerve to “dish it back” to a famous director.
A pagan woman once pleaded with Jesus to heal her daughter. At first, Jesus didn’t even respond to her. She started following Jesus and his disciples, shouting out for help. When Jesus finally speaks to her, it is to explain that he was only sent to the lost sheep of Israel.
The woman is not about to take no as an answer. She catches up to him and kneels at his feet and pleads for help.
“It’s not good to take the children’s bread,” Jesus says, “and give it to the dogs.”
“True, Lord,” she counters, “but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters table.”
I don’t think you’re supposed to argue with the Lord, and I have a hard time thinking of faith as spunky. But I do know that Jesus rewarded the pagan woman’s audacity with both high praise . . . and the granting of her request.
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