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Kurt Russell Is Secretly Playing Clint Eastwood In Escape From New York

Kurt Russell is essentially playing Clint Eastwood in Escape From New York. After making his name as a young actor with roles in Disney movies like The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, Escape From New York was the film that signaled Russell’s transition to grown-up roles. The actor has since labeled Snake Plissken his most favorite role, not only for how it impacted his career but because it let him explore his darker side as a performer.
Escape From New York reteamed Kurt Russell with John Carpenter, who he worked with on Elvis. Like most of Carpenter’s work, the movie is essentially a Western in disguise. Russell’s Snake Plissken walks into a lawless town – in this case, New York Maximum Security Penitentiary – and delivers his own brand of justice. Carpenter made those ties even clearer with the casting of Spaghetti Western icon Lee Van Cleef as Hawk, the police commissioner who forces Plissken on his rescue mission. Being paired with Clint Eastwood’s old nemesis from The Good, The Bad And The Ugly also inspired Russell’s performance as Snake in one distinct way.

Russell Based Snake Plissken On Clint Eastwood

clint eastwood man with no name poster

Recounting his acting choices in the retrospective documentary Return To New York, Russell stated that Van Cleef’s casting inspired him to play Snake like Eastwood. The most obvious mannerism he zeroed in on is Snake’s low, raspy voice, which mimics Eastwood’s typical Man with No Name delivery. While Western heroes were almost always honorable figures in the early days of Westerns, Eastwood’s anti-heroes ushered in a new era. His characters often acted out of self-interest and weren’t afraid to shoot first or betray others in pursuit of their goals.

Snake Plissken is in many ways the logical conclusion of that brand of anti-hero. Escape From New York’s Snake has a sense of honor and of what’s right, but he’s focused on his own survival first and foremost. There is a sense he was once a patriot but became so burned by the state of his country that he turned to the outlaw life, but just the Man with No Name, he’s given little backstory. Carpenter’s sci-fi sequel Escape From L.A. only strengthened his gunslinger ties by giving him two revolvers and a bike – instead of a horse – to ride on.
The Other Actors Approached To Play Snake

Charles Bronson with a handgun in Death Wish

Since Russell wasn’t exactly known for action roles before Escape From New York, production comedy Avco Embassy – who also produced Carpenter’s The Fog – wanted a bigger name for Snake. Their first choice was Charles Bronson, whose vigilante thriller Death Wish had partly inspired Carpenter’s first draft of Escape From New York. However, the actor was approaching 60 when the film was nearing production, and Carpenter felt he was too old for the part. He also recalled in book John Carpenter: Prince Of Darkness that “… I was afraid of working with him. He was a big star and I was this little s*** nobody.”
Avco also suggested Tommy Lee Jones for Escape From New York, who had appeared in the Carpenter scripted thriller The Eyes Of Laura Mars – which inspired Malignant – a few years prior. Jones is closer to Russell’s age, but it appears Carpenter vouching for his Elvis leading man is what cinched him the role. While Jones and Carpenter never worked together directly, the former later starred in 1986’s Blood Moon Rising, which was based on a spec script by Carpenter from the late ’70s. Despite starring Jones and Linda Hamilton, the film received mixed reviews and Carpenter has claimed to have never seen the end product.

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Clint Eastwood Fans Get the Western Icon Trending on Twitter With Epic Throwback Pics

For those people who saw Clint Eastwood trending on Twitter on Sunday morning, then just know that he’s doing just fine. The onslaught of attention, though, did bring some epic throwback pictures to the platform. Fans were sharing many different shots from his iconic career. We picked out a few of them for you to get a peek at and enjoy. Our man Clint loves to keep working and even getting a round of golf in here and there. When he’s on the movie set or in some other setting, it’s always a good time to get some photos.

Those photos and even a video definitely liven up a Father’s Day filled with fun for many. Yep, even Eastwood probably had some fun and well wishes coming his way from his children. Daughter Alison Eastwood is a solid actress in her own right, having starred in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. As for papa Clint, well, where do you start with his movie career? Of course, there’s his time as the “Man with No Name.”

Clint Eastwood Did Find Success In Movies Thanks To ‘Spaghetti Westerns’

The work with Sergio Leone helped him get that movie career up and running. Meanwhile, he made Harry Callahan a major character thanks to Dirty Harry. Yet those Westerns do make him look that much better, right? Think about the “Spaghetti Westerns” that we alluded to just now.

Go beyond that to Unforgiven, a movie he not only acted in but had a role in getting the film made. Heck, Clint Eastwood wanted veteran actor Gene Hackman on board from the get-go. As the story goes, though, Hackman had reservations about joining up. When you play “Popeye” Doyle in The French Connection, that becomes an iconic role for him. But the movie had its fair share of violence and that kind of turned him off at the outset.

In fact, Hackman, at first, said he didn’t want to be involved in another violent movie. That would be because of his daughters, Elizabeth and Leslie, who had some say in the matter. The actor did read the script but said no at first. Eastwood did tell Hackman that there was a chance to make a statement against violence in Unforgiven. When looking at the script again through those eyes, Hackman would agree to do it. Good thing he did. Hackman would win an Oscar for his role. “It’s all in the execution, you gotta execute it right, or else nothing means anything,” Eastwood said in an interview about the film. “He [Hackman] re-read it and came back and said, ‘Yeah, okay, I’ll do this.’”

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Clint Eastwood’s Daughter Reveals Her Favorite Advice He Gave Her

Alison Eastwood is an actress as well one of the daughters of the famed actor and director Clint Eastwood. Getting any type of advice from dear old Dad is a good thing. When it comes to her favorite piece that he gave her, you might think it was acting. She did get the acting bug, too, and did star in the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. This advice must be about her career, right? Nope. It had to do with the always tough task of living life.

“I guess just not to take [life] too seriously,” Alison Eastwood tells Closer Weekly in an interview from 2019. “He never seemed to take anything too seriously. Maybe that’s not a good thing … I don’t know.” Yet she also would offer up a little more insight which she’s picked up from being around him. “He makes me laugh, I make him laugh,” Alison said. “That’s my favorite part about it. I think just having a lot of laughter, especially in our family, amongst ourselves. We’re all getting older.”

Clint Eastwood Isn’t A Big Fan Of His Birthday, Daughter Alison Says

She also says that Dad isn’t a big fan of his birthday. He would rather be doing something else, like working or playing golf, than celebrating his big day. Still, Clint Eastwood keeps on providing fans with film work as an actor and director. He’s achieved great success and to think he also has a classic TV connection. Of course, Clint does from his days playing Rowdy Yates on Rawhide.

Yet it is in the movies of Eastwood that has really made him a household name. Working in Europe would provide some foundational success thanks to the “Spaghetti Westerns” directed by Sergio Leone. He would play the “Man with No Name” in films like A Fistful of Dollars and The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly. They all would lead Eastwood to then become an iconic police officer as Harry Callahan in Dirty Harry. One time, he talked about A Fistful of Dollars possibly becoming an “absolute disaster.” What in the world does he mean by this? Eastwood told Roger Ebert years ago that the movie’s producers were arguing among themselves. The issue at hand was who would pay the bills to get the movie done. This leads him to say, “It could have been an absolute disaster. But, we got lucky with it. And it turned out Sergio Leone was for real.”

While his record of success and achievement is solid, sometimes Eastwood has to pick and choose between projects. When it came to playing Bruce Willis’ role John McClane in Die Hard, Eastwood did turn it down. Screenwriter Jeb Stuart would say that Eastwood said that he didn’t get the humor in the movie.

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Clint Eastwood’s Daughter Posts Rare Selfie, And Her Fans Are Absolutely Loving It

Earlier this week, Clint Eastwood’s daughter, Francesca Eastwood, took to her Instagram account to share a rare selfie.

The actress, who didn’t write a caption for the post, is seen with a pair of pink lens sunglasses while sitting near a plant. Follows of Clint Eastwood’s daughter gushed over the simple snapshot. “Extraordinarily Beautiful,” one follower declared. “You look gorgeous, so much like your mom,” another added.

Francesca is preparing to film her upcoming action-packed movie, “Live Fast, Die Laughing.” The film follows a broke taxi driver in Vietnam who thinks it is his lucky day when a mysterious offers him a fortune to drive her 1,000 miles from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi. While on the road, the duo is pursued by mobsters and an assassin. Written by Timothy Linh Bui and Tim Tori and directed by Bui, Eastwood will star in the film alongside Harvey Keitel. 

Clint Eastwood’s Daughter Francesca Talks Starring in a Western Genre Film 

While promoting her 2016 film “Outlaws and Angels,” Francesca revealed to the Observer that she didn’t speak to her father, Clint Eastwood, about starring in the western genre film.

“I didn’t ask my parents for advice on this one,” Francesca stated about the role. But she did admit that she usually asks her parents but she wanted to do her own thing this time. “So I just ran and did it and talked with them about it later. I wanted to do one on my own, and it felt great.”

Frances Fisher, Francesca’s mother, was also part of the film. However, the duo did not appear in any scenes together. “This is the first time that I was on a film and then she came on after, rather than her being in a film and I join as her baby. I was probably the least experienced actor, and everyone was just so welcoming and really nurturing to that.”

While speaking about working in a desert, Francesca recalled, “It was pretty intense with the heat and the costumes, and we couldn’t wash them because they were supposed to look aged, so after about 3 weeks of being in the same layers it was just gross. It was fun and part of the experience though. Normally if you’re uncomfortable or too hot you go get a water and sit in a trailer, but that was so not the case with this one.”

Francesa went on to note that she and the rest of the cast just dealt with the production’s conditions. “No one really went to the trailers. We just hung out – no texting, Tweeting, Instagramming. I think it made it really special. There were no distractions.”

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