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To big John Wayne, the punch was little more than a minor irritation
To big John Wayne, the punch was little more than a minor irritation. The man who threw it, Richard Attenborough, obviously ought to have picked someone his own size rather than the Duke. But it was their stature as actors that the adversaries battled to retain on Thursday (11-7-74) as they clashed in a mock-fight scene for the film "Brannigan" at Shepperton Studios in Middlesex. The scene develops into a pub fracas, which the movie makers hope will help Brannigan, Wayne's first London-based picture, to a smash hit. The accent, they say, is on action and laughs. Otherwise known as taking it on the chin with a grin. He's only kidding - and Attenborough knows it. John Wayne (left) with Richard Attenborough, after a punch had been thrown in their mock-fight scene.