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Things Clint Eastwood Fans Might Not Know

Clint Eastwood is a man who needs no introduction, but with a career as long and illustrious as his, we can’t help but give him one anyway. Eastwood made a name for himself in westerns, with early successes on the 1959 television series “Rawhide” and in director Sergio Leone’s “Dollars Trilogy.” But he didn’t stop there. As a director, Eastwood has made over 30 films, two of which won him an Academy Award for Best Director.

Eastwood hasn’t given any indication that he’ll be slowing down anytime soon, even though the films he stars in have been acknowledging how old he is for about 30 years now. His work ethic is simply too indefatigable — he didn’t even stop making movies after he was elected mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, for a two-year term. You may know a lot about the storied actor, director, and politician, but it’s doubtful that you know everything. Let’s take a look at some things even diehard Clint Eastwood fans might not know.

American Sniper was Clint Eastwood’s biggest hit ever

Bradley Cooper in American Sniper

Sometimes, when a film breaks a box office record, the reason why isn’t as impressive as you might expect. Due to inflation, it’s only a matter of time before any given record falls, after all — a nickel just doesn’t buy what it used to. In that sense, it might not seem like a surprise that Clint Eastwood’s 2014 directorial effort, “American Sniper,” is the highest-grossing film of his career, with $350 million made in North America alone and $547 million earned worldwide. But in fact, even when adjusted for inflation, “American Sniper” is still Eastwood’s biggest movie, made on either side of the camera.

Eastwood’s second-highest grossing movie, when adjusted for inflation, is the James Fargo-directed “Every Which Way but Loose,” aka “The one with Clint and an orangutan.” Its $85 million gross, earned in 1978, would be roughly $356 million today. Not bad at all.

Eastwood was against the ԝаr in Iraq

Clint Eastwood at AFI Fest

While “American Sniper” can be seen as being in favor of the United States’ post-9/11 ԝаrs, Eastwood wasn’t actually a fan. After a 2014 screening of the film, the famed director said (via The Hollywood Reporter), “I was against going into the ԝаr in Iraq since I figured we would probably trip over ourselves in some way.” 

This might seem like a surprise, given Eastwood’s conservative politics. But deep consideration of the themes present in “American Sniper” reveals a movie fairly in line with Eastwood’s criticism of the ԝаr. Certainly, Eastwood deserves criticism for sanding away the real Chris Kyle’s rough edges (via The Guardian). But the film isn’t a right-wing fantasy, a la “Rambo: First Blood Part II.” “American Sniper” addresses the brutal costs of ԝаr, especially through Kyle’s PTSD. Eastwood is, after all, a man who’s made World ԝаr II films from both the American and Japanese perspectives, with “Flags of our Fathers” and “Letters from Iwo Jima.” He’s a lot more complex than most people realize, something he made clear with another comment from that 2014 screening: “Contrary to public opinion, I abhor violence.”

Clint Eastwood’s film debut was featured on an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000

Clint Eastwood as a scientist

Many actors struggle to get their first roles, and Clint Eastwood is no exception. After a number of unsuccessful try-outs and a slew of minor gigs doing looping and “wild voices,” Eastwood was finally able to land his first real role: A small, inconsequential part in 1955’s “Revenge of the Creature,” director Jack Arnold’s disappointing sequel to his 1954 classic, “Creature from the Black Lagoon.” 

The film has been largely forgotten. But in 1997, “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” a show that rose to fame by mocking bad B-movies, decided “Revenge of the Creature” was worth riffing off of, and aired it in full. In Eastwood’s scene, he plays a scientist experimenting with mice who’s convinced a cat has eaten one of them, until he realizes it’s been in his pocket all along. Upon seeing the performance from the young actor, Crow remarks, “This guy’s bad. This is his first and last movie.”

Clint Eastwood directed the jumper scene in Dirty Harry

Dirty Harry saving jumper

By the time that Clint Eastwood and his longtime collaborator Don Siegel were filming “Dirty Harry,” Eastwood had already ѕһot his directorial debut, “Play Misty For Me.” As Siegel had helped Eastwood out with the filming of “Play Misty for Me,” as detailed in Patrick McGilligan’s “Clint: The Life and Legend,” Eastwood returned the favor by directing a scene in “Dirty Harry” after Siegel came down with the flu.

In the scene in question, Harry Callahan has to talk a man out of jumping off a building and get him to cross to the safety of his crane. He does so by indifferently detailing the gruesomeness of ԁеаtһ, spurring the man to leap angrily onto the crane. While it’s unrelated to the larger plot, this scene illustrates why he’s called “Dirty Harry” — he does the jobs that no one else wants to do. Eastwood, ever the vivid director, captured the scene brilliantly.

His alias in The Enforcer was inspired by Don Rickles

Harry Callahan wearing Giants cap

There’s a memorable scene in the third “Dirty Harry” film, 1976’s “The Enforcer,” where Harry Callahan’s investigation leads him to a brothel. He gives his name as Larry Dickman. It turns out that this name came from Eastwood’s “Kelly’s Heroes” co-star, Don Rickles, who used to tease Eastwood on set. 

Eastwood revealed this fact in John Landis’ 2007 documentary, “Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project.” Rickles confirmed it when he spoke to The Daily Beast in 2015. “I did a few movies, but the word star … I cannot compare to a star like Clint Eastwood,” the famous insult comic remarked. “I used to call Clint ‘Larry Dickman’ when he would come to my show, then he started using the name when he would go undercover in a ‘Dirty Harry’ movie. That’s why he’s a movie star … he’s so creative.” While he’s not always known for his humor, Eastwood can definitely take a joke at his expense.

Clint Eastwood learned how to mountain climb for The Eiger Sanction

Clint Eastwood climbing mountain

Long before Jackie Chan and Tom Cruise became famous for their ԁеаtһ-defying stunts, Clint Eastwood climbed a mountain for 1975’s “The Eiger Sanction,” a film he directed and starred in. Many critics didn’t care for its plot, which involves a government hitman called in to do one last job, but the film’s action scenes were well-recieved. Considering Eastwood really did hang off the side of a treacherous peak to create them, that’s some seriously well-earned praise.

For all the hard work Eastwood put into those scenes, however, they weren’t able to please everyone. As he told Roger Ebert, “I didn’t want to use a stunt man, because I wanted to use a telephoto lens and zoom in slowly all the way to my face — so you could see it was really me. I put on a little disguise and slipped into a sneak preview of the film to see how people liked it. When I was hanging up there in the air, the woman in front of me said to her friend, ‘Gee, I wonder how they did that?’ and her friend said, ‘Special effects.’” Sometimes, a job can be done too well.

The final Dirty Harry film was directed by Clint Eastwood’s longtime stunt double

Harry Callahan holding harpoon cannon

Buddy Van Horn and Clint Eastwood were brought together when Van Horn acted as Eastwood’s stunt double in 1968’s “Coogan’s Bluff.” Van Horn went on to serve as Eastwood’s stunt coordinator for almost all of his films up until 2011’s “J. Edgar,” and his occasional director. In fact, all three films Van Horn directed starred Eastwood, including the last “Dirty Harry” film, 1988’s “The Dеаԁ Pool.”  

In a 2011 interview with The Independent, Van Horn discussed their relationship, paying particular attention to Eastwood’s daredevil streak. “There’s been a couple of times that he’s wanted to do something and I talked him out of it,” Van Horn recounted. “He’s a pretty physical guy and likes to do his own stunts. Some of the things he does were pretty easy to get banged up. I’ve tried to talk him out of it sometimes, but not very successfully most of the time.” Though Van Horn might not have been able to keep Eastwood from injury, their collaboration certainly proved to be a successful one.

Clint Eastwood turned down Apocalypse Now and almost starred in Die Hard

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It’s well known that Clint Eastwood turned down opportunities to play James Bond and Superman, but those aren’t the only iconic roles he’s said no to. Eastwood could have scored a starring role in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 classic “Apocalypse Now,” but ultimately refused it — he didn’t want to spend so much time overseas. As he told The Hollywood Reporter in 2011, “I did read ‘Heart of Darkness’ when I was young and so I kind of knew where it was going but then I said no, I don’t think I can go off for that long a time. He was going to go 16 weeks in the Philippines.” 

Additionally, Eastwood also owned the rights to “Nothing Lasts Forever,” the novel “Die Hard” was based on. Though he wanted to star in it, he ultimately chose to focus on other projects. The scene where Hans Gruber mocks John McClane for acting like an American cowboy would definitely play a lot differently if Eastwood occupied the role.

Clint Eastwood didn’t vote for Pulp Fiction at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival

Vincent and Jules in car

Just about everyone, Quentin Tarantino included (per The Hollywood Reporter), expected the 1994 Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or would be awarded to Krzysztof Kieslowski’s “Red,” the third and most acclaimed film in his “Three Colours” trilogy. So it was quite a shock when it went to “Pulp Fiction” instead. Many suspected that this American film won because of that year’s American jury president, Clint Eastwood. But in fact, Eastwood voted for a Chinese film instead. 

Upon his return to Cannes in 2008, Eastwood revealed this fact to The New York Times. “I’m interested in everything,” he remarked. “On the jury here when ‘Pulp Fiction’ won, somebody said, ‘Oh, Clint Eastwood was on the jury, so he voted for the American film.’ But my sensibilities are European, here is where my success started. Actually, Zhang Yimou’s ‘To Live’ was my favorite piece, but most of the European jurors seemed to like ‘Pulp Fiction.’” Despite his disagreement with the ultimate winner, “To Live” did wind up being one of two winners of the Grand Prix du Jury that year, which is a fancy way of saying that it tied for second place.

Clint Eastwood is allergic to horses

Clint Eastwood looking sideways

Clint Eastwood may be known for his legendary westerns, but it turns out that he’s not a fan of one of their trademark elements: horses. Eastwood is actually allergic to horses, which means he has to limit the amount of time he spends on them. He’s also allergic to cats, dogs, and even the orangutan from “Every Which Way but Loose.” 

These days, the nonagenarian has other reasons to worry about riding a horse: Even the most minor injury can be a major problem for someone his age. As he told the Los Angeles Times in a 2021 interview about the making of “Cry Macho,” “The [horse] wrangler was worried. She was saying, ‘Be careful, be careful now.’ She was scared I’d end up on my rear end. But if you treat the horse like a buddy, he’ll take care of you.” He doesn’t mention his allergy in this interview, but it’s clear that he doesn’t let it get in the way of the crucial bond between horse and rider.

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The Shining Actor Broke Down Into Tears While Working With Clint Eastwood After Being Traumatized By Stanley Kubrick On Set

Director Stanley Kubrick is known for being a taskmaster on his sets. Many actors have recounted horror stories about the director’s dedication to details and how they had to endure as much as a hundred takes due to Kubrick’s penchant for perfectionism.
Scatman Crothers, the actor who played Dick Hallorann in Kubrick’s adaptation of The Shining also recounted memories of going on multiple takes for simple shots. In fact, Crothers was affected so strongly by Kubrick’s style that when he next worked with director Clint Eastwood, he broke into tears as he was satisfied with a single take.
Scatman Crothers On Stanley Kubrick’s Style Of Filmmaking

Scatman Crothers

Scatman Crothers

Actor and musician Scatman Crothers got to work on Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining after being recommended by his frequent collaborator Jack Nicholson. Nicholson and Crothers had featured in three movies before and while shooting for the classic One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Nicholson told him that there was a role waiting for him.
Crothers was cast after he met Stanley Kubrick in the role of Dick Hallorann, the chef of the Overlook Hotel and a man who also possesses the power to ‘shine’ like Danny Torrance. Crothers was reportedly amused by Kubrick’s insane dedication to perfection and the number of takes he filmed to get what he wanted.

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Talking to Scraps From the Loft, Crothers spoke about Stanley Kubrick’s directing style,
“Stanley shot 87 takes of the scene in the ballroom with all of the cast. Even the part where I get out of the Sno-Cat and walk to the hotel door—a scene that has no dialogue—took 40 takes. Around the 39th take, I asked Stanley, ‘How do you want me to do it?’ He answered. ‘Walk a little bit to your left.’ So I said. ‘Look, show me how you want me to walk, give me the rhythm,’ and then we got the shot.”
Crothers reportedly also performed the stunts in the film on his own, in the scene where he gets struck with an axe by Jack Nicholson. The scene reportedly took twenty-five takes to get right.
Scatman Crothers Broke Down In Tears While Working With Clint Eastwood

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After his grueling stint on The Shining with director Stanley Kubrick, Scatman Crothers went on to work with director Clint Eastwood on the Western-comedy Bronco Billy. The director is known for being extremely efficient and reportedly often films only one take for every shot. This was a polar opposite experience for Crothers, who had by then become used to Kubrick’s intense style.
The actor reportedly broke down in tears after his performance was given the thumbs up by Eastwood after one take. Crotehrs spoke about the directors’ differing working styles,
“Clint’s much more of an easy-going director Clint would do a shot once or twice and I’d ask him, ‘Is that alright?’…Clint would answer, ‘Well sure. Scat.’ I’d say. ‘Okay, man!’ because after working with Stanley [Kubrick] for so long, I was used to doing anywhere from 15 to 30 takes.”
The actor would years later be in tears yet again after being asked how it was to work with such legendary directors. Crothers assured that they were tears of joy.

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You Won’t Believe How Much Clint Eastwood Was Earning Before He Landed His First Leading Role in a Movie

With a career spanning over 6-decades, Clint Eastwood has made a mammoth fortune with his net worth standing at $375M following his contribution to the field of acting, filmmaking, and composing. However, it wasn’t always sunshine and rainbow when it came to his salary in the entertainment industry, especially during his early 20s when he was just starting out as an actor.
Although it took Eastwood a while to land his first acting gig after getting rejected for Six Bridges to Cross, the following year, he made his acting debut in Revenge of the Creature. But after a string of minor and often uncredited roles, his career eventually picked up the pace with the western series Rawhide, for which he wasn’t exactly paid boatloads of money.
Clint Eastwood in Cry Macho

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Clint Eastwood Made $700 per Episode for His First Major Project
While it was Sir Sergio Leone’s Dollars trilogy that earned Clint Eastwood international stardom, prior to playing the lead in the Western, it was his part in Rawhide that put him on the map. And for his role of Ramrod Rowdy Yates, he reportedly made around $700 per episode which approximately adds up to $6000 in today’s dollars that pales in comparison to his huge paydays.
A few years after marking his debut in the hit western, the actor would eventually find himself playing the iconic Man with No Name in 1964’s A Fistful of Dollars, which he agreed for $15000.
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Clint Eastwood Almost Didn’t Return for the The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
For the first installment in his Dollars trilogy, Sir Sergio Leone originally aimed to cast James Coburn in the badass role, but eventually let go of his plans for budget issues, as Coburn charged $25000.
Per BBC (via Farout Magazine), Leone stated,
“I really wanted James Coburn, but he was too expensive. The Italian cinema is very poor. We got Clint for $15,000, Coburn wanted $25,000.”
Following the mammoth success of A Fistful of Dollars, Eastwood’s paycheck witnessed a healthy spike for the sequel, as the studio offered him $50,000. But for the threequel, the Unforgiven Star made an astonishing $$250K following his reluctance to reprise the role in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, with Sir Leone almost recasting Charles Bronson in the role.
Also read: “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
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Thankfully, the American icon went on to star in the threequel, often considered the best the genre has to offer, and the film became the biggest success of the trilogy, making around $38 Million.
The Dollars Trilogy is available to rent on Apple TV.

 

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Disaster Drama Film Hereafter: Everything You Need to Know

The disaster drama movie “Hereafter,” directed by Clint Eastwood, explores the supernatural and the philosophical. The movie, which came out in 2010, looks at life after death through a series of interconnected stories.
The goal of this blog is to give a full picture of “Hereafter,” including its plot, cast, production information, reviews, and more.


Storyline
“Hereafter” combines three separate stories, all of which are about death and the future. The movie starts with a dramatic scene of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

It then follows the lives of three characters: a French writer who has a near-death experience, a psychic in San Francisco who can talk to the dead, and a schoolboy in London who loses his twin brother. The people in these stories seek answers to life’s most important questions.
Cast Members
Matt Damon plays psychic George Lonegan, who has trouble with his powers. Cécile de France plays journalist Marie Lelay, who survives the tsunami. And Frankie and George McLaren play the London twins, Marcus and Jason.

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In supporting roles, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jay Mohr, and Thierry Neuvic are also in the cast.

 

The story is more interesting by supporting actors like Bryce Dallas Howard, who plays George’s girlfriend Melanie, and Jay Mohr, who plays George’s brother Billy. Their performances are crucial to the movie’s study of relationships and the afterlife.
The Clint Eastwood movie “Hereafter” is known for taking a careful and thoughtful look at the subject. The production was well planned, especially the scene with the wave, which got great reviews for its realistic appearance.
Filming Locations
The movie was made in many places, such as San Francisco, Paris, and London. The different places give the movie’s look at death and the afterlife a global feel.

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Makers Team

 
The movie did well because of Eastwood’s direction, Peter Morgan’s script, and Tom Stern’s cinematography. The people who made this movie collaborated to bring this complicated story to life.

Reviews from Critics and FFans
Critical reviews of “Hereafter” were mixed. Some people liked how big the story was and how Eastwood directed it, but others thought it moved too slowly. It was, however, usually well-received by audiences who liked how reflective it was.
Where to Watch It?
It is possible to watch “Hereafter” on services like Netflix. This thought-provoking movie can be watched from the comfort of people’s homes by many people.
Matt Damon plays George Lonegan in a way that stands out for being subtle and deep. As Marie Lelay, Cécile de France gives an engaging performance that successfully shows the emotional journey of her character.

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Frankie and George McLaren, who are twins, give moving performances that capture the innocence and pain of youth.
 

 
Conclusion
The film “Hereafter” deals with deep and often unanswerable questions about life after death. The movie is a one-of-a-kind cinematic experience thanks to Clint Eastwood’s nuanced direction, the cast’s powerful performances, and the plot that weaves together different lives and experiences.
“Hereafter” is a movie that makes you think and feel deeply, whether you’re interested in its existential ideas or the emotional journeys of its characters.

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