John Wayne: Roles He Missed or Rejected–Blazing Saddles

Mel Brooks offered Wayne the role of the Waco Kid (eventually well played by Gene Wilder) in his 1974 spoof Western film, Blazing Saddles.

After reading the script Wayne declined, fearing the dialogue was “too dirty” for his family image, but told Brooks that he would be “first in line” to see the movie.