Because of political differences, Director Mark Rydell did not want John Wayne to star in "The Cowboys." Rydell was also concerned of potential fireworks between the Duke and his costar, Roscoe Lee Browne, another liberal.
Roscoe Lee Browne passed away today. He was an actor known for his dignity and baritone voice. He portrayed the cook in "The Cowboys" and was the narrator for "Babe." The man had a strong background in literature and earned an Emmy Award for his work on "The Cosby Show."
As for the big showdown between John Wayne and Roscoe Lee Browne, it never happened. These two intelligent men talked through their differences and developed a fondness for each other. Sometimes when people know who they are, can talk intelligently about issues that are bigger than they are.