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Clint Eastwood Once Saved a Classic Film From Production Limbo

It comes as no surprise to anyone that Clint Eastwood loves making films as a lot of his career is definitely on the silver screen. One of his movies, though, gets stuck in production. This happens to movies sometimes. Some of them don’t get filmed in the long run. When it comes to Eastwood, he’s an absolute beast about both acting and making movies. One classic film on the Eastwood resume’ just about didn’t get done. He saved it from production limbo.

Which one are we talking about? It happens to be the 1995 film The Bridges of Madison County, based on author Robert James Waller’s book. In 1994, the impatient Eastwood found himself in the middle of a film mess. Yet this story goes back to 1991 and Steven Spielberg. The first choice to direct was Sydney Pollack. Screenwriter Kurt Luedtke was not able to get his hands around the work. Ron Bass didn’t cut the work much, either.

Impatient Clint Eastwood Takes Bull By Horns For ‘The Bridges of Madison County’Who was next? Richard LaGravenese offers up a script that interested Eastwood. But there would be more drama. Bruce Beresford comes on to direct and screenwriter Alfred Uhry gets his hands on the script. Well, that gets messed up because Eastwood was more interested in what was in a previous script version. The Bridges of Madison County was on its way to finding a spot in failed movie projects. Eastwood had had enough. He reportedly tells Warner Bros chairman Terry Semel, “You guys have blown enough time. Everyone is going to move on to something else.”

Don’t tick off Clint. This book was a New York Times bestseller. And the film is going to get done. Would the chairman not like to have Eastwood on board? Heck no. What was the answer? Semel asks Eastwood to direct the movie. The actor says that he would need 24 hours to decide. He did and he would direct and act in the film.

Eastwood travels to Winterest, Iowa, on location. Well, the actor-director cuts out $1.5 million from the budget. Eastwood also wanted Meryl Streep for the lead role and he got her to come on board. This led him to finish principal photography on the movie 10 days ahead of schedule. The movie also would come in under budget. That’s always good news for movie studios. We get more from SlashFilm. On June 2, 1995, The Bridges of Madison County debuted in theaters and would score $10.5 million at the U.S. box office. This was during the movie’s opening weekend. But it really didn’t make a big splash in the long run.

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Don Rickles roasted Clint Eastwood, no one could keep a straight face .

When it came to roasting celebrities, no one did it better than Don Rickles. In a television classic, the brash comedian took on Clint Eastwood, and no one could keep a straight face.

Many moviegoers think of Clint Eastwood as a rough and tumble cowboy. Over the years, he’s played in several classic western films. He even got his start in the western TV show Rawhide. However, Eastwood never limited himself when it came to roles. In his career, he has portrayed men from just about every walk of life. In 1970, the world saw him as a WWII soldier in the adventure-comedy film Kelly’s Heroes.

Kelly’s Heroes had a killer cast. Clint Eastwood, of course, played the lead. Additionally, the cast featured Donald Sutherland, Carroll O’Connor, Gavin MacLeod, Harry Dean Stanton, and Don Rickles. In the film, Rickles and Eastwood went together like peanut butter and jelly.

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However, the pairing of Clint Eastwood and Don Rickles also proves that opposites attract. At the very least, it proves that opposites work well together. Even in the late sixties, everyone saw Eastwood as the strong silent type. On the other hand, most people knew Rickles for his comedic chops.

More specifically, Rickles was an insult comic and one of the best to ever do it. So, if anyone was going to roast Eastwood, it was going to be Rickles. He got more laughs in a couple of minutes than most comedians get in a half-hour. Eastwood took it like a champ, laughing along with the crowd at his own expense.https://www.youtube.com/embed/v-oItsU_l4c

Rickles roasted Eastwood another time on the set of Kelly’s Heroes. You could tell that the two-minute clip was going to be comedy gold within the first few seconds as Rickles set up his roast of Eastwood with the opening line, “Clint, we’ve been on the picture with you for about two days. I just want to say, on behalf of the whole cast, Clint, we’re fed up.”

Don Rickles

This broke Eastwood’s usual stone-faced demeanor. The Hollywood legend let out a laugh at Rickles’ opening volley, and the laughs kept coming as the comic continued his roast. However, he didn’t keep his comedic sights on Eastwood. Rickles fired some shots at Kelly’s Heroes as a whole.“Seriously speaking,” Don Rickles began, looking at Clint Eastwood. “Basically, I’ve read the script and you’ve read the script. Now that we’ve both read it, let’s get on a plane and go home. Because I think it’s bad!” This got an even bigger laugh from Eastwood and the other members of the cast and crew standing just out of frame.https://www.youtube.com/embed/Hc2MN1n6UIA

Then, Rickles turned his jokes towards Eastwood again. He asked him how long he’s been in motion pictures. Slow to speak, Eastwood took a couple of seconds to respond with “about 16 years.” However, that couple of seconds of silence was all the veteran comic needed to come up with more jokes. “Clint got off a ripper there, folks. We’ve been going through it for three or four days with these little rippers.” The best part about the video is watching Eastwood double over with laughter as Rickles works his comedic magic.

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The ‘shocking’ amount Clint Eastwood was paid for the hit movie ‘The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly’.

Clint Eastwood is a mega movie star and director who has made millions of dollars. Yet he almost didn’t make this movie. The story goes that he was in the middle of a run of success thanks to the “Spaghetti westerns” he played in at the time. Thanks to director Sergio Leone, the Man With No Name became a megastar in Europe. Eastwood played that man in A Fistful of Dollars and For A Few Dollars More. He made a decent salary in those movies but Eastwood wanted more.

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Plus, Clint Eastwood wasn’t so sure about doing another movie with Leone. It almost cost him his role there as it might have landed with Charles Bronson. Whoops. Well, thankfully for us movie fans that didn’t happen. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly would be the third of this trilogy.

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Clint Eastwood Paid $250,000 For Appearing One Last Time In Iconic Role . Author Richard Schickel, who wrote Clint Eastwood: A Biography, shares that it took $250,000 to bring Eastwood back one last time. Oh, Clint was going to be getting more than just a salary. His deal gave him about 10% of box-office profit in the West. The first two movies perform so well at the box office. So, this third deal receives approval from the movie studio. Could you imagine anyone else playing the Man With No Name? No, we could not either.

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Let’s also take a look at who is the inspiration for this iconic movie character. Leone happens to draw inspiration from Yojimbo, a Japanese samurai movie by Akira Kurosawa. Leone borrows so much from the movie. A Fistful of Dollars is sometimes referred to as an unofficial remake of Yojimbo. The Man With No Name is essentially a carbon copy of the main character of Yojimbo.

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John Wayne, Eastwood Never Made A Movie Together. Why?Here is another riddle to ponder. If Western movies and the genre happen to be inspired by John Wayne, then it makes sense that he and Clint Eastwood cross paths. They could have been in a movie together and, man, that would have been major box-office money. Wayne and Eastwood never were in a movie together. Why? Eastwood offers some insight.

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“John Wayne once wrote me a letter saying he didn’t like High Plains Drifter,” Eastwood said in an interview. “He said it wasn’t really about the people who pioneered the West. I realized that there’s two different generations, and he wouldn’t understand what I was doing.” Eastwood says that High Plains Drifter was “meant to be a fable. It wasn’t meant to show the hours of pioneering drudgery. It wasn’t supposed to be anything about settling the West.”

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Actress Jean Seberg had a “traumatic” love affair with Clint Eastwood that shocked the audience.

Jean Seberg and Clint Eastwood worked together in the 1968 film Paint Your Wagon. During their time together, they fell in love and Clint ended up leaving his wife at the time, Maggie Johnston. Jean also left her husband Romain Gary. However, things took a turn for the worse and set up Jean to have problems later on in life.

PAINT YOUR WAGON, (aka LA LEYENDA DE LA CIUDAD SIN NOMBRE), from left: Clint Eastwood, Jean Seberg, 1969

Clint once said, “The movie we were playing in was nothing special, but we enjoyed life. I adored her. Filming, I looked at her as an actress, but I also saw the normal person in her. She was very happy, and I don’t think many got to see that. We spoke of family, friends, relationships… Love, and all that… She played an important role in my life.”

PAINT YOUR WAGON, from left, Jean Seberg, Clint Eastwood, 1969

While Jean thought it was true love, Clint was already having several other affairs. When they finished the film, he acted like he didn’t even know her.

Jerry Pam, the publicist for both actors at the time, once revealed, “Once they got back to Paramount, it was as if Clint didn’t know who she was. Jean couldn’t believe that he could be that indifferent to her, after everything that had gone on in Baker. She was a very vulnerable woman, and it was a terrible trauma for her.”

PAINT YOUR WAGON, Jean Seberg, 1969, Photo by: Everett Collection (43355.jpg)

After Jean got divorced and was left by Clint, the tough times kept coming. She was the target of FBI intimidation and surveillance because of her support for civil rights groups at the time. She also lost a child and was publicly harassed about the whole situation due to false reports about who fathered the child. Eventually, she went into hiding.

Sadly, Jean died by suicide in 1979. She was found with a suicide note, a bottle of barbiturates, and had high levels of alcohol in her body. Some suggest it was actually the FBI but it has never been proven.

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