American screen stars Paul Newman and Clint Eastwood meet by chance outside a motel in Tucson, Arizona, 1972. It’s certainly a famous photo that has appeared in many books over several decades and a favourite for reproductions on postcards and commercial posters in and around the 70s.
Paul Newman was in Tucson, Arizona at the time making the movie The life and times of Judge Roy Bean for director John Houston. During the same year, Clint was also in Tucson and filming Joe Kidd for Universal pictures and directed by John Sturges.
Interestingly, John Milius had written the script for The life and times of Judge Roy Bean, and would go on to co-write the screenplay for Magnum Force (from his own story) the following year.
I was prompted to look into my files and found these photos (taken by Terry O'Neill) in a folder simply marked Eastwood – Newman. I can’t help but think how great it would have been seeing these two iconic stars together in a movie – sadly, it never happened. Both were at their peak as box office stars, and the opportunity never presented itself.
Cinematic connections of course also go back to Dirty Harry, a part that was also offered to Newman (who passed on it) but happened to mention Eastwood for the role…