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For the last twenty years of his life, John Wayne often had a profound effect on people that crossed his path. Meeting him in person for some was like meeting Abraham Lincoln or George Washington. Yet the Duke usually stayed humble and almost always kept his sense of humor.
When Jim Carrey was paid a record breaking salary, $20,000,000, for The Cable Guy (1996), John Travolta topped him by asking for $20,000,001 for the movie Michael (1996) and got it. But there is always someone who makes more than you.
Gene Hackman once lamented that the worst thing about becoming a famous actor is that you lose the ability to observe people without being noticed yourself. But some performers are so good at disguises that notoriety is no obstacle.
Eden, Camelot, Atlantis, The Isle of the Blessed. Social planners, dreamers and religious leaders through the centuries have been haunted by memories of paradise lost and have tried to re-create these lands of earthly peace and contentment, if only on paper. The search for utopia has created ongoing debates regarding the nature of humans and the best social milieu for a peaceful populace.