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A Messy Clint Eastwood Movie Is A Hit On Streaming

Clint Eastwood has a pretty legitimate claim to being the oldest living movie star. The star of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly has been acting since the 1950s and has doubtless seen more changes in the film industry than anyone else. Given that Hollywood notoriously does not have much time for anyone who ages out of a tradition bracket of “stardom,” it is astonishing that he has not only stuck around to himself become a writer and director (and occasional country music star), Clint Eastwood currently has the #6 most popular film streaming on HBO Max. That movie is Cry Macho and was released just last year. Even at 91 years old, Clint Eastwood manages to have hits.

Cry Macho had a long and tortured development process, much of which did not involve Clint Eastwood. It is adapted from a novel of the same name by N. Richard Nash, a screenwriter and playwright. Amusingly, Nash initially pitched the neo-Western story as a screenplay, only to see it roundly rejected. He then reworked it into a novel, and then sold the unchanged screenplay to 20th Century Fox based on the novel’s positive reviews. Years later, essentially the same thing would happen to a much more critically beloved Western: the Coen Brothers’ No Country for Old Men, which just shows Hollywood tends to repeat itself. For decades, the screenplay for Cry Macho lingered in development hell; at one point, Robert Mitchum was attached to star, as well Pierce Brosnan and Roy Scheider. Eastwood was actually originally offered the role in the late 1990s and turned it down. Finally, in the early 2000s, things almost got to production with Arnold Schwarzenegger starring. He put it on hold to lead the fifth largest economy in the world, and then gave it up altogether when it was revealed that he had fathered a child out of wedlock. 

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Clint Eastwood in Cry Macho (2021)

In 2020, Clint Eastwood finally returned to the project as both lead actor, producer and director. This time, he brought along writer Nick Schenk, who had worked with Eastwood on his late career revival Gran Torino and The Mule. Then the Covid-19 pandemic hit, causing the same kind of production delays that have plagued so many films in the last several years. Also, according to Eastwood, getting a 91 year old man to ride a horse for the first time in almost 30 years was a bit worrisome for everyone. All in all, so how did the years of long development treat Cry Macho?

The only words for it are: a mixed bag. The story of Cry Macho involves an elderly retired rodeo star named Mike (played by Clint Eastwood, naturally) being hired to travel to Mexico City to retrieve Rafo (Eduardo Minett) the adolescent son of his former boss. Rafo has turned to a life of crime and illegal cockfighting, which is where Macho, the titular rooster comes in. The rest of the movie is basically a two-hander between Mike and Rafo as the grizzled older man and the troubled young one open up to each other and form a bond. There are also some goings-on involving Rafo’s mother Leta (Fernanda Urrejola), a Mexican woman predictably half Eastwood’s age named Marta (Natalia Traven) and some criminals. But that is not what audiences are looking for. They want to see Clint Eastwood cry. 

And really, that is what the movie was sold on. The trailer made good use of a campfire scene where Mike’s macho exterior cracks and we see tears. But this was not the first time that Clint Eastwood had cried on screen, and certainly not the first time one of his films has interrogated cultural notions of machismo and violence. It is not even the first of his movies that has done that in a Western setting. For all that Eastwood has occasionally been a controversial public figure, he has consistently been a more self-reflective filmmaker than he is given credit for. Even a movie like his Gran Torino that was both condemned and praised for its portrayal of violent vigilantism is far more ambiguous about the rightness and consequences of that behavior. In many ways, Cry Macho is just one more piece of decades of Eastwood contemplating the image that made him famous. Critics and audiences were lukewarm on the film when it was released, but it is certainly gaining a second life on a streaming service. Maybe time to check it out.

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“I don’t like it when it’s dumb”: Yellowstone Star Kevin Costner Revealed He Hates Western Genre Despite Sharing Clint Eastwood’s Rare Record In Hollywood

Taking a look at the rear-view mirror in the journey of Hollywood, everyone remembers the good old days when Western films dominated not just the US, but the entire world. And leading that charge was the legendary Clint Eastwood, along with stars like Kevin Costner following close behind. To this day, the effect of those classic pieces of cinema can be felt.
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Kevin Costner
In fact, when we take a look at Costner’s career in the industry, many will realize that it was the 1985 Western classic Silverado that brought him to the spotlight. In the later stage of his career, he won two Academy Awards for his film Dances with Wolves, something that Eastwood has also managed to achieve. But despite leaving an everlasting impression, it seems like he doesn’t love the genre for being dumb.
Kevin Costner Reveals That He Doesn’t Love The Western Genre Because It’s Dumb
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While he may have been forgotten for a while in the changing landscape of Hollywood, the fans of the classic Western genre of films will never forget the impact Kevin Costner made with his films in the category. Going toe-to-toe in this genre with the face of old-school Western films Clint Eastwood himself, the actor and director has proved why he’s a genius in this department.
But despite achieving the extremely rare accolade of directing one of the only four Western films to receive the Oscars, also including Unforgiven by the Dirty Harry star, Costner reveals that this genre may not be his favorite.
In a past interview with Good Morning America, the former Yellowstone star talked about how he was not a big fan of the Western genre, the reason being that most of the films produced in it are dumb and illogical. He says that there’s too much of a straight divide between good and bad without any substantial form of moral complexity.
On top of that, he calls out the genre for being somewhat illiterate but has the potential to become so much more than just an illustrious piece of history. He said:
“[western] have to be literate. It’s too much black hat, white hat…I won’t tolerate bad language, meaning literacy of a western on TV or in film. I hate it. I don’t like it when it’s dumb because there’s such great opportunity because the architecture of a western should be to actually frighten you sitting in the dark, watching something. ‘That could have just happened to me. And I don’t know what I would’ve done’”
Thus, his new and unique outlook on the filmmaking of a Western film is what drives him to only make the best that the genre has ever seen.
What Was Dances With Wolves About?
A still from Dances with Wolves A still from Dances with Wolves
Widely considered to be one of the best films in the history of this genre, recognized by being awarded two Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director for Costner, Dances with Wolves may be Western filmmaking done right.
The film tells the tale of Civil War soldier Lieutenant John J. Dunbar, a man who is posted at Fort Hays, where he meets and develops a relationship with the native Lakota Indian tribe. Mesmerized by their lifestyle and simple outlook on the world, he soon finds himself being welcomed into their clan. But when Union Army soldiers come to their land with the agenda of uprooting the tribe, Dunbar has to choose a side.
Dances with Wolves, streaming on Prime Video.

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“He was too expensive”: Clint Eastwood Starred in ‘Dollars Trilogy’ After Director Couldn’t Afford Another Oscar Winning Actor With $15000 Salary

In today’s day and age, Clint Eastwood’s name is one that echoes with terms such as legendary and brilliant. His ability to be expressive as an actor without having to say too many dialogues was one admired by many. Not only his skills as an actor, but being a talented director helped build his reputation in the best way possible.
Clint Eastwood in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966)

Clint Eastwood in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966)
During his days as an actor, there were many films offered to him. Some he let go of, others he grabbed as soon as he could. One of his most iconic works is the Dollars Trilogy with director Sergio Leone. Despite the massive amount of fame that he got from it, there was an unfortunate yet slight chance that Eastwood would have lost out on the role because Leone wanted another actor altogether.
Sergio Leone’s Initial Choice for His Trilogy was not Clint Eastwood
One of Clint Eastwood’s biggest movie trilogies, the Dollars trilogy was something that came along his career, giving him a boost the actor never knew he needed. The year 1964 saw a rise in his fame from then on. However, as per BBC (via Farout Magazine), Eastwood was not Sergio Leone’s first choice for the film.
James Coburn
“I really wanted James Coburn, but he was too expensive,” Leone stated. “The Italian cinema is very poor. We got Clint for $15,000, Coburn wanted $25,000.”
The director revealed that because of the budgetary limitations that they had, there was no way possible for him to get James Coburn for the role. The actor wanted $10,000 more than what Eastwood had settled on, making it an absolutely impossible choice for them to hire Coburn. He elaborated on how being in the Italian cinema at that time did not give him flexibility with the budget. Due to this, Eastwood became his ideal choice and that in turn benefitted his career.
Clint Eastwood Almost did not Join Sergio Leone
Clint Eastwood’s career has been a rising climb for decades now. One of the reasons for this is his credible fame because of the Dollars trilogy. However, there was a slight chance that the actor would have given up on the role. According to a BBC documentary (via Farout Magazine), the actor was hesitant about saying yes.
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 “I was doing Rawhide, and I was coming to a hiatus,” Eastwood remembered. “I took three months off, usually around February, March and April every year, and my agent in Los Angeles called me up and asked me if I’d like to go to Europe and make an Italian, German, Spanish co-production of a remake of a Japanese film [Yojimbo] in the plains of Spain.”
The actor/director stated that he was asked to make a film in a rather peculiar setting right after he was coming back from a three-month-long break. His reply to the same had been a rejection. In the end, he warmed up to the idea.

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“I got to take her, and I still remember that”: Clint Eastwood Had A Personal Reason To Cherish His Oscar Win Despite His Anti-Semitic Comments Against Academy

Clint Eastwood is a legendary figure in Hollywood, not only because of acting prowess but also because he is a brilliant storyteller. From countless nominations to multiple wins, the Dirty Harry star has had enough accolades to his name, proving that he is every bit deserving of the fame he has received all these years. However, despite his immense fame, the actor has said some very concerning things in the past.
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Clint Eastwood
Years ago he had made some alleged antisemitic remarks about the Academy Awards committee but when he won his first Oscar, the actor-director accepted and enjoyed the experience for a very personal reason.
Clint Eastwood’s Reason For Cherishing His First Oscar
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It has been decades since Clint Eastwood made his debut in Hollywood and ever since then he has been unstoppable. A recipient of numerous accolades and maker of multiple successful movies, the actor-director once had expressed his reservations about Academy Awards, even before he won his first-ever nomination.
While certain people labeled him as anti-semitic because of his Academy-related comments, he went on to get his first-ever nomination just sometime later at the age of 62. It was his movie Unforgiven that gave him an Oscar each for Best Picture and Best Director and a nomination for Best Actor.
Despite his earlier comments, the actor enjoyed his first nomination and win for a very personal reason which was being able to take his mother Ruth Wood to the ceremony (via Parade).
“It was nice, I guess. The nicest thing was that I got to take my mother to the Oscars. I’d been successful as a movie director and actor but not as successful in that kind of hoopla. So that was fun. I got to take her, and I still remember that. The trophies are tucked away in the house somewhere.”
Stated the director when asked if he even cared at that point about awards like the Oscars for he was already a pretty successful filmmaker at that point.
What Alleged Anti-Semitic Comments Did Clint Eastwood Make?
Clint Eastwood in UnforgivenClint Eastwood in Unforgiven
Clint Eastwood was 62 when he received his first Oscar nomination. Even though he lacked an Academy Award before, he was already a successful filmmaker and actor, having acted and directed several fan-loved movies.
However, before he ever won or was nominated for an Oscar, the actor was said to have stated in the book Clint: The Life and Legend of Clint Eastwood, a biography of his life written by Patrick McGilligan,
“I will never win an Oscar and do you know why? First of all, because I’m not Jewish. Secondly, because I make too much money for those old farts in the Academy. Thirdly, and most importantly, because I don’t give a f**k.”
His comments were understood by many as anti-semitic. However, things began to change for soon he went on to earn multiple Oscar nominations in the subsequent years after his first win with Unforgiven.
Unforgiven can be streamed on HBO Max.

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