January 12, 2011
Just last year, Western movie veteran Robert Duvall complained to FOX411’s Pop Tarts that no matter how hard he pushed, he simply couldn’t get any of his beloved Western movies made.
“Hollywood is famous for jumping on any profitable bandwagon, whether it is Asian horror or Twilight-like vampire films,” Rob Weiner, film expert and Associate Humanities Librarian at Texas Tech University told FOX411's Pop Tarts. “The success of ‘True Grit’ could lead to more Westerns, there might be those who jump on the bandwagon. But the Western genre hasn’t made a comeback just yet.”
And if it ever does, Weiner says there is one key element that would have to change from Wayne’s day: the stereotypical portrayal of indigenous Americans.
“It’s hard for modern audiences to relate to Westerns, especially given how politically incorrect they are concerning Native Americans. Let’s be honest – racism like that is one thing we can’t do in films today,” Weiner said. “It is also sad that these days, we’re so ingrained with living in cities, that most of us can’t relate to wide open spaces and the whole world Westerns are set in.”