He was a hero in the movies, but a statement from a past interview with late actor John Wayne will keep California from celebrating a day in his honor.

FOX's Gurnal Scott explains:

John Wayne had a reputation on film for talking tough:

(Wayne) "Pilgrim you caused a lot of trouble this morning, might have gotten somebody killed and somebody oughta belt you in the mouth."

But words from the legendary actor's own mouth led California house members to say no to celebrating May 26, Wayne's birthdate.

Lawmaker Luis Alejo cited a 1971 Playboy Magazine interview where Wayne is quoted as saying he believed "in white supremacy" and would do so until "blacks are educated to a point of responsibility." The resolution failed by a 35-to-20 vote.

Assemblyman Matthew Harper say his bill fell victim to "political correctness".

Gurnal Scott, FOX News.