Tuesday 24 November 2009

Eastwood Interviewed INDEX

01. Clint Eastwood: The Straight Shooter 2006 Interview with The Directors Guild of America
02. Clint Eastwood: The Elder Statesman Nov 30th 2009 The Hollywood Reporter
03. Clint on Clint: Empire Magazine November 2009
04. Clint Eastwood on INVICTUS by Douglas Thompson 17th Jan 2010
05. For a Few Million More L.A. Weekly December 16th 2004
06. Daily Telegragh Interview February 3rd 2010
07. Jazz Times Interview September 2007
08. The Films are for him. Got That? New York Times Dec 10th 2008 
09. Clint Eastwood Explains Why He Usually Goes for the First or Second Take

Eastwood interviewed # 01 THE STRAIGHT SHOOTER 2006 DGA

In 2006 Eastwood spoke to The Directors Guild of America (DGA)

Few filmmakers have embodied the no-nonsense attitude and bedrock values of the American West more than Clint Eastwood. In a career spanning 35 years, 26 films and numerous awards including the DGA Lifetime Achievement Award, he has never stopped doing his best. The results speak for themselves.
There are no second acts in American lives,” F. Scott Fitzgerald famously wrote in the pages of his unfinished Hollywood novel, The Last Tycoon. But if ever there was an American life that threatened to disprove Fitzgerald’s aphorism, it’s Clint Eastwood’s. During a career in movies that spans a half-century, he has twice reached the pinnacle of his profession–first as an actor and then as a director–earning respect even from many who had initially dismissed him as nothing more than a square-jawed tough guy.
He has directed 26 feature films in 35 years, acting in nearly all of them and composing original music for nearly a dozen, in the process he’s amassed eight Oscar nominations and two wins; two DGA Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement and even a Grammy nomination. Though he has been deservedly venerated as the last “classical” director working in Hollywood–a testament to the economy of his storytelling and the efficiency of his working method–Eastwood has never shied away from risk, balancing intelligent, accessible crowd-pleasers with projects that reside at the dark, unsentimental extreme of films made by major directors.
Certainly, few would disagree that Eastwood, who earlier this year received the DGA’s Lifetime Achievement Award, has built a career worth celebrating. But if there seems something premature about recognizing Eastwood for his “body of work,” it’s that that body only keeps growing richer and more varied with each passing year. Indeed, at age 75 and with two new films planned for release within the next 12 months, Eastwood seems very much in his prime.
And he looks it, too. Fit and trim inside his imposing 6-foot, 4-inch frame, he’s a portrait of growing old gracefully (albeit without any plastic surgery enhancements). “Other than a belt sander, there’s nothing they can do for me,” Eastwood once joked with his characteristic self-deprecating wit. He was in a similarly jovial mood this January as we sat down in his longtime bungalow on the Warner Bros. lot to talk about his career–past, present and future.

Q: You’ve reached that stage of your career now where you’re starting to receive a lot of ‘lifetime achievement’ honors.
A: Makes you kind of wonder: Are they trying to tell me to get lost?

Q: You’ve been directing films for four decades, and while it’s fairly common nowadays for actors to direct, it was much less common back in the early 1970s, when you were starting out. When did you begin to think that directing was something you wanted to do?
A: I started thinking about it back in the Rawhide days, and I tried to set things up to direct some episodes of the show. Then, the production company reneged on their promise that I could do it. They said that CBS didn’t want actors who were in the shows to be directing the shows. So I kind of dropped the idea for a while and then, after I’d been working with Sergio Leone on A Fistful of Dollars, observing the crews in Europe and getting a broader look at filmmaking around the world, I got interested again.

Above: Clint observes the sometimes curious, directive style of Sergio Leone while filming The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in 1966

Q: So how did you get your first job as a Director?
A: In the late 1960s, a friend of mine, Jo Heims, had written a little treatment called Play Misty for Me. I optioned it from her and then I promptly went off to Europe to act in Where Eagles Dare (1968), which took a long time to make. In the meantime, she’d had an offer to sell the project to Universal. When I finally came back, it turned out that nothing had happened with it. So I started thinking about it again. It was a small picture. I wanted to change the setting from Los Angeles to Monterey County, and in that way the disc jockey would be a big fish in a smaller pond, which seemed more logical to me. So I went to Lew Wasserman and he said, ‘Yeah, you can do it, but not under the current deal you have. You’ll do it for DGA minimum.’ My agent called me and said, ‘But they don’t want to pay you!’ and I said, ‘They shouldn’t. I should have to prove myself first.’ To be honest, I would have been willing to pay them! So we did the film for under $1 million and it became a moderate little success. It was a great experience, and I had the bug after that. Jo had written another script called Breezy (1973), so then I directed that and went on to High Plains Drifter (1973). I’ve never had a plan, in my career as an actor or a director, of what I was going to do next or what type of things I was looking for. Things would just pop up and I’d get a feeling about them.

Above: Clint films on the set of Play Misty for Me Nov 17th 1971

Q: That doesn’t answer the question, though, of how you actually learned how to direct.
A: I think the advantage of being an actor is that you’re on sets all the time, so you kind of know what to do, if you’ve been paying attention. When I was a contract player in 1954 and 1955 at Universal, I used to go around to sets all the time and watch people direct. I’d wander through, as much as they’d let you. Usually, the bigger the director was, the stricter they were about not having people just hanging around. I wanted to watch the actors for one thing, but I also became very curious about the director’s participation. I never got to work with any of the very big ‘A’ directors, except one time when I played a small part for Bill Wellman. But I did go on sets where Hitchcock and Douglas Sirk and people like that were working. Then there were all the Rawhide years, which were great because you were working every day, not just coming in for two days’ work and then being off for six months. And we had some good directors come through who’d done movies that I’d seen in the theaters over the years: Stuart Heisler, Laszlo Benedek, Tay Garnett. People like that.

Above: Planning ahead, Clint observes the camera set ups during the filming of Rawhide

Q: At that point in your career, the two movie directors you’d worked with most were Don Siegel and Sergio Leone. Did you talk to them at all about your desire to direct?
A: Only with Don. I was back working in the States by this time, and I’d worked with Don on several occasions and we’d become good friends. When I decided I wanted to direct, I went to him and I said, ‘You know, I’ve got this little project.’ I even asked him to read it for me. He liked the script and said, ‘You should direct it. Let me be the first to sign your DGA application card.’ So I got into the Guild and I was off and running.

Above: Directing Misty on the set with Don Siegel

Q: Does being recognized by the DGA with the Lifetime Achievement Award carry any special meaning for you?
A: I’ve been a member of the DGA for 36 years, and when I joined it in 1970, I was real pleased–pleased with being able to direct a film, but also with being able to join a group that included so many people I’d worked with and known along the way, like William Wellman and Robert Wise, and also so many people I admired: Frank Capra, Howard Hawks, John Ford. They all belonged to it. That’s what I said when I was up there on stage accepting the award.

Above: Clint accepts the DGA Lifetime Award Jan 28th 2006

Q: You have a reputation for working fast on the set, and Siegel had a similar reputation. Was that something you picked up from him?
A: Speed is just up to the individual. Some people think things over more; others work more instinctively. I’ve worked with some other fast directors–Bill Wellman wasn’t slow. He knew what he wanted, shot it and moved on. I came up through television, and in television you had to move fast. The important thing, of course, is what comes out on the screen. I like to move fast only because I think it works well for the actors and the crew to feel like we’re progressing forward. But I think the reputation that I have for speed is not necessarily a good one–you don’t want to do Plan 9 from Outer Space, where the gravestones fall over and you say, ‘I can’t do another take. We’re too busy. Move on.’ You’re still making a film that you want to be right. But I find, as an actor, that I worked better when the directors were working fast. That’s why I guess Don and I got along so well. You sustain the character for shorter periods. You’re not having to ask yourself, ‘Now where was I three days ago? What the hell is this scene all about? What are we doing here?’

Above: On Location for The Eiger Sanction, Clint wastes little time in moving on

Q: Is the filmmaking process significantly different for you when you’re acting in and directing a picture as opposed to just directing?
A: It is. You definitely split your concentration. Most actors who’ve turned to directing–William S. Hart, Stan Laurel, Orson Welles, Laurence Olivier–have had to be in the picture in order to get the directing job, and that’s what happened with me. Once in a while an actor comes along and gets a project going that he’s not also starring in—Redford with Ordinary People, for example–and that’s certainly the more ideal thing, to do one job and concentrate on that one job. I always expected to withdraw from acting at some point and just stay behind the camera, and in recent years, I’ve done that. Even when I think back on Unforgiven–I had a major role in it, but there’s also a lot of the picture that I’m not in. Being out of Mystic River was great. But then Million Dollar Baby comes along and there’s a great role in there for an older guy. Well, I’m an older guy. So, there you go. Never say never.

Left: With Mystic River, the focus was fixed on directing

Q: Did directing your own pictures then make it harder to go back and act for other directors?
A: I don’t think so. I actually think every actor should direct at some point to learn the hurdles and the obstacles the director faces and the concentration it takes–a concentration equal to that of the actor, just in a different way. I felt that directing made me much more sympathetic to what directors have to do. I think I was easier to work with as an actor after I’d directed a few times. When the director wanted another take for reasons other than performance, I didn’t bog down and say, ‘Come on, what do you need that for?’

Q: Were there certain directors whose visual style you particularly admired?
A: There were a lot of them. I remember when I was a kid growing up, before I was ever involved in movies at all, I always liked the look of certain directors. But in those days it wasn’t as fashionable to know who the director was. You knew who was in the picture–Gary Cooper or Ingrid Bergman–and you liked that person so you went to see that movie. You didn’t go because of the director. But later on you did. I liked Italian films–Monicelli, De Sica, Fellini. I always liked Kurosawa. And as I revisit old films now, there are some directors you appreciate more. You look at a picture like [John Ford’s] The Grapes of Wrath and you realize that it’s a small film shot in a relatively short period of time, and yet it has a lot of scope. [William Wellman’s] The Ox-Bow Incident is also an intimate story, shot partly on soundstages, where you can hear the echo when the actors speak–all things you’d now take out using technology–but it doesn’t take away from the movie.
Below: The Grapes of Wrath, Clint has mentioned this to be among his favourite films on many occasions.

Q: One of the most distinctive aspects of your own style, something that’s been consistent on your work with many different cinematographers–from Play Misty for Me through Million Dollar Baby–is the use of very low light levels.
A: I like getting on a realistic plane with the light. If you go back and look at some Westerns that were made by some of the most beloved directors of the 1930s and ‘40s, you see people walk from the outdoors into a brightly lit room and you wonder, ‘Where’d they get all that electricity back in 1850?’ If you look at Unforgiven as an example, which Jack Green and Tom Stern did a brilliant job lighting, they made it look like it was coal and oil lamps lighting everything. But in a lot of those old movies, there’s light all over the place and there’s no contrast. But you really don’t have to see everything. John Wayne had this theory that you had to see the eyes all the time, the eyes tell the story. I never believed that. You see the eyes when you need to see the eyes. And sometimes, what you don’t see is very appealing to the audience. You can dramatize a picture with shades of light.

Above: Much of Unforgiven is shot with a natural looking light

Q: You’ve also tended to work with many of the same crew people over and over again through the years, and have promoted your crew up through the ranks, like your current cinematographer Tom Stern, who started out with you as a gaffer.
A: If people want to progress to another division and they have the ambition, they should be allowed to fulfill their ambitions. Just like when I had the ambition to become a director. I work with a lot of people who started out as assistants. [Editor] Joel Cox started out in the mailroom. As you work with people over and over, you come to know what to expect. If you have a new person come on, that’s an unknown factor. Maybe it turns out to be a great surprise. Or you can get surprised the other way. But after a while, you get comfortable. A lot goes into making a film. I know a lot of cineastes only think of the director, the auteur theory and all that. But it’s a whole group, a company, that makes a movie, and it’s a company that works only as well as its weakest link. I try to get the enthusiasm of everybody–that’s been my best trick, if I have a best trick. I try to get everybody involved. If the janitor can come up with a great idea for a shot, that’s fine with me. There’re no proprietary interests. I try to keep my ego and everybody else’s ego out of it.

Above: Malpaso's regular film editor Joel Cox,'started out in the mailroom'

Q: When you start a film do you always have a sense of what you want, what it’s going to look like?
A: I always wanted to try something different. A lot goes into a film. But first you have to have a great story, a foundation; then you’ve got to figure out how you’re going to frame that story, how’s it going to look, how’s it going to sound. It’s hard to express it, because I don’t sit around and intellectualize it. A lot of times when I go to work, I have a picture in my mind of how things should be, but I don’t know why I have that picture. I just know that I want to get there and I’ve got to explain to people how we’re going to get there, or have people explain that to me.

Q: Unforgiven is frequently cited as the film that caused American critics and audiences to finally accept you as a serious artist, whereas that recognition had come considerably earlier from some foreign circles, notably France.
A: I’ve never thought about what other people think. I’ve always just thought–and I still think this way–that you make a film, you present it to the public and then it’s out there and it’s up to them to judge it. I just kept grinding them out, like a machinist, and I guess some people might go back and, in hindsight, say, ‘Well, this wasn’t so bad.’ The Outlaw Josey Wales, for example–I would say that, judging from the man on the street, that’s the most popular Western I’ve ever done. But Unforgiven did break through in a way.

Above: Eastwood still considers The Outlaw Josey Wales to be 'the most popular Western I’ve ever done'

Q: You’ve been directing films for thirty-five years, does it feel like you’re doing anything different now than when you started out?
A: A lot of people say, ‘Well, how come you’re doing better now than when you were 45 or 50?’ The answer is I don’t know. Maybe I’m not. Maybe 45 or 50 just wasn’t looked at in the same way. Or maybe I know more and I’m thinking more, doing better things, being more selective. Probably because I’m older now, I don’t feel compelled to do a lot of work. I’ll do a lot of work if it’s there, like in the last two years I’ve done two pictures back-to-back–Million Dollar Baby and Flags of Our Fathers. But these things just all came about. If they hadn’t come about, I’d probably be a much better golfer. Whereas back in the 1970s and ‘80s, I was doing more stuff. Some things you read and you say, ‘I love this script!’ Others you read and you go, ‘I like the script and I’ll do it.’ Now, I’m inclined to wait until I love the script.

Q: So many filmmakers complain about the time it takes to raise money and set projects up. But you’ve been fortunate in having a major studio–first Universal and then Warner Bros.–that was more or less willing to support whatever you wanted to do over the years.
A: Sure. A project like Bird (1988) was going nowhere when I grabbed it. It had been hanging around for a long time. It was owned by another studio and I talked Warner Bros. into trading something for it. Now, Warners might not have done that for someone else. So I’ve gotten a few films made that probably wouldn’t have been made otherwise. That goes for the last two, especially. They ended up successful despite the apprehension of the studio–so sometimes that studio thing works for you and sometimes against you. Warner Bros. wasn’t excited about doing Mystic River–they thought it was too dark. And they weren’t excited about doing Million Dollar Baby, because it was a woman’s boxing movie. But I didn’t see it like that; I saw it as a great love story. So it’s all about the way you look at it. But we got it made; that’s the main thing.

Above: Warner Bros. had some major reservations regarding Million Dollar Baby

Q: Is the difficulty you had making those two films representative of any larger changes you’ve observed in the industry over the last four decades?
A: We live right now in an era where the fad is to remake a television show or a movie that’s already been remade five other times. It’s tough for a lot of studios to say, ‘Let’s start from scratch.’ In the 1940s, they had writers on tap all the time who would pitch ideas to the studio personnel. But can you imagine pitching Sunset Blvd. or some of these classic films now? A picture like that would have to be done as an independent, just as Mystic River and Million Dollar Baby had to be done semi-independently. The good thing is that it’s come full circle in a way, with the studios forming independent divisions to finance smaller films, to take on projects that wouldn’t get made otherwise. George Clooney’s film, Good Night, and Good Luck, is another example of a film that probably wouldn’t be high on a studio’s list of things to do. I’ve always tried to influence the studio to not be afraid to do things that might not make a lot of money, but which they’ll be proud of thirty or forty years from now. That’s what I told [former Warner Bros. chairman and CEO] Bob Daly when I was doing Bird. I said, ‘I don’t know if this thing will make any money–it’s about jazz, it’s not very commercial, it’s a tragic story. But I can guarantee you that I’ll try to make a film you’ll be proud to have your logo on.’ That’s about all I can offer. That’s about all I can offer on any of these films.

Q: The writer of Unforgiven, David Webb Peoples, has said that you filmed what was basically the first draft of his script, which is certainly a departure from the Hollywood norm of ‘developing’ and rewriting things ad infinitum and calling in four or five writers. You seem to have enormous respect for the written word.
A: Some scripts come in and they’re just great to start with; I’ll use Unforgiven as the example. It was a good script. I got it in the early 1980s and waited until ’92 to make it. I called up the writer, David Peoples, and said, ‘I’m going to make your movie, but I want to change a few things. Can I run these ideas by you as I get them?’ He said, ‘Go ahead.’ But the more I fiddled with it, the more I realized I was screwing it up. It goes back to something Don Siegel used to say: So many times you get a great project and people want to kill it with improvements. And that’s exactly what I was doing with Unforgiven. So finally, I called David back and said, ‘Forget what I said about making those changes. I’m not doing anything except changing the title.’ It was originally called The William Munny Killings. Of course, once you get into a project, there are always some things that live up to or exceed your expectations, and certain other things that will be disappointing. So you have to be able to re-write on your feet as you’re working. But once in a while projects come along where everything fits together like a jigsaw puzzle–as it went together in your mind, it comes together on film.

Q: Is there a certain kind of atmosphere you try to create on the set?
A: I like to have fun. I like everyone to be in good humor. And I try to keep it quiet. I like an atmosphere that isn’t loaded with tension. I don’t like sets where people are yelling at each other. The thing I dislike the most is people going ‘Sssh sssh sssh,’ because they end up making more noise than the people they’re trying to sssh. I remember after I started directing I was on a picture over at MGM, I walked out on the soundstage and all of a sudden I hear this huge bell ringing, which meant they were going to start the scene, and I thought, ‘What is this shit?’ What happens when you’re doing a really sensitive scene, or a scene that demands a certain amount of concentration? You shouldn’t put a person through that. If you talk to the actors who’ve worked with me–Sean Penn, Tim Robbins–they love the fact that they can be ready to go without a lot of fanfare. And for actors coming on who haven’t had a lot of experience, it’s even better for them.

Q: How do you manage to keep the chatter down on the set?
A: I went to the White House for a dinner–I think Gerald Ford was President at the time–and I noticed that there were these secret service guys all around and they were all talking very quietly into these tiny headsets, carrying on entire conversations without disturbing anyone. So I came back here and I said, ‘Why the hell do you go on a movie set and people have open radios squawking and people yelling, ‘Hey, Al, put the light over here!’ We’ve got all this technology; certainly we can be as technologically sound as the Secret Service.’ So a guy who was working for me researched it, got the same headsets and then all of those conversations could take place without disturbing the whole set. You can be rehearsing the actors and the crew can be talking, but nobody’s hearing it. Sometimes you’re working with kids or people you don’t want to be conscious of the camera. This way you can roll the camera without them even knowing it, and you can get natural moments you wouldn’t get when someone’s screaming, ‘Silence! Rolling! Action!’

Q: Spontaneity seems to be important to you.
A: Just like in life. You react to things. It should seem to the audience that the actors are saying these words for the very first time. The actors are striving to make the words sound that way, and if it is the first time, more power to it. The longer it drags on, the more takes you do, the more the actor has to rely on technique to make it sound like it’s the first time. When you get down to 10 or 20 takes, it starts showing that it isn’t the first time, and you get that ponderous feeling. There’s a dullness to it. Good actors can sustain themselves, but it’s asking a lot out of them.

Q: At age 75, you’re now in the midst of what is arguably the most ambitious project of your career–the back-to-back movies Flags of Our Fathers and Red Sun, Black Sand, which will tell the story of the battle of Iwo Jima from, respectively, the American and Japanese perspectives.
A: I liked the book Flags of Our Fathers when I read it and I tried to buy it, but it had already been purchased by DreamWorks. So I went off and did other things and then I ran into Steven [Spielberg] one time–we had worked well together on Bridges of Madison County–and he asked me if I’d do it. And I said, ‘Sure.’ Paul Haggis came on board as the writer and we had many discussions about which way to go with it, and the more I kept reading the material about Iwo Jima, which was the biggest battle in Marine Corps history, the more I started thinking, ‘Who devised all of this, digging tunnels and living underground like rats?’ So I started reading some books by Lieutenant General Kuribayashi [the Japanese commander at Iwo Jima]. It was interesting to me that he was going against a lot of the norms of Japanese military strategy. I became fascinated by the guy. And I wondered what it would have been like to be a guy living in those holes, knowing you were going to be killed. Americans were sent into battle knowing it was going to be tough, but that they’d come back–‘When Johnny Comes Marching Home’ and all that. But the Japanese were sent there knowing they were going to dig these foxholes and that’s where they were going to be buried. So out of this comes a script that Paul kind of supervised–he mentored a young woman of Japanese descent who wrote it. It’s a different story–same battle, but different story.

Q: So, what keeps you going?
A: A lot of people retire because that’s their desire and they feel good about doing it, and I always thought I’d feel that way someday. I always thought someday I’d go, ‘OK, that’s enough of that. Let’s just sit out here on the beach in Hawaii.’ But I haven’t come to it yet. The reason I still do it is that it’s not only fun–which is important, it should be fun–but because I learn something new with every job. And that’s the best way to stave off senility–to always be learning something, no matter what profession you’re in. I’m not saying there’s never a time to quit, but there’s no set time.

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Clint and Morgan attend 2009 GQ Men of the Year Party

November 18th LA
GQ recently celebrated their upcoming “Men of the Year” 2009 Issue with a lounge party at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, California. So how do you qualify to be even considered one of the “Men of the Year” and to party with these folks just Get Right, handle business, and look sharp. The party was located in LA and of course some of Hollywood’s biggest and brightest stars came through to hang out. GQ will be releasing the “Men of the Year” issue in the next few days across the country featuring President Barack Obama who is the Leader of the Year.

Above: Clint Eastwood an honoree at the 2009 GQ Men of the Year party in Los Angeles, arrives with wife Dina at the event Wednesday, Nov. 18 2009.
Below: The magic team of Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman, with Los Angeles Lakers basketball player Kobe Bryant.

Eastwood Interviewed marks the Archive’s big 100

No, I haven’t scooped an exclusive!

I noticed recently that my number of posts had reached an incredible count of 99.
I never had a clue it had risen so quickly, so it got me thinking…
‘How can I celebrate the illustrious 100?’

I thought it was a good opportunity to mark this site’s century by reproducing a number of great Eastwood interviews. Each of these posts will be titled as:
Eastwood Interviewed
followed by its relevant number with some form of title and/or a date.
Each of these interviews will be either from the web or a vintage magazine.
I hope this exercise will serve not only as a great form of resource, but also perhaps as an opportunity of discovering something that you might have previously missed.

In the long term, and to keep some sort of reference guide, I will be creating a post named Eastwood Interviewed Index. This section will list all interviews and contain live links that will take you direct to any chosen interview you may want to read. This should save time and avoid having to search the entire Archive for any particular interview.

Let’s just hope it works in practice!

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Friday 20 November 2009

The Beguiled: The Storyteller 1971

Most Wanted
This is an item I have long been after. Filmed in 1971, during the making of The Beguiled, The Storyteller is the first Documentary short ever directed by Eastwood. Shot in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, under the Malpaso Production Company, it has a running time of 12 minutes.
Although I have only seen short clips from this documentary, it's right up there among my most wanted of Eastwood items. It has never been made commercially available, although I do know it exists on 16mm film, could it be in your attic! If so, drop me a line.
The hunt for this documentary short shouldn't of really been necessary at all, had Universal seen fit to release it. Why it wasn't added to their DVD or Blu-ray release of The Beguiled is totally beyond me? What a superb additional feature this would of made..
I would also of been happy to let them use my set of original radio spots, had they asked nicely!
It has certainly been a long running argument, but I've always believed that the companies involved should at least put out an open call, way in advance of producing these DVD or Blu-ray sets. It seems clearly evident to me that it is the fans and the genuine collectors that not only hold the most interesting items, but also have the common sense to know 'what' exactly should be included within these DVD and Blu-ray packages.

Reminds a little of the closing from The Towering Inferno...
Paul Newman: 'Ok, I'm asking...'
Steve McQueen: 'You know where to find me...'
If only it were that easy...

Above: Eastwood as he appears in The Beguiled: The Storyteller

Thursday 19 November 2009

Clint Eastwood Classic Quotes!

Hello Friends,
Thought I would share this great collection of Eastwood quotes that I came across recently on You Tube. The Compilation was put together by Manwithnoname2020. I'm sure it must of been a painstaking project, but I have to say the finished result is absolutely wonderful. 170 quotes in total from most of Clint's movies and some classic Rawhide. Thanks to Manwithnoname2020 for uploading, I hope you all enjoy.

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Wednesday 18 November 2009

Invictus 2009

The film tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa's rugby team, Francois Pienaar, to help unite their country. Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa's underdog rugby team as they make an unlikely run to the 1995 World Cup Championship match. Starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. Directed by Clint Eastwood. Release Date December 11th 2009 (US) February 2010 (UK)
To Watch the Trailer, click below:

Below: The U.S. 1 sheet poster:
Below: The Original Soundtrack release from Sony Classical – 88697630742
Below: The Invictus DVD release from Warner Home Video
Below: Invictus Blu-ray release 
Below: Here's a few early behind the scenes Production shots
(Thanks to my good friend Kevin Wilkinson for sending these to the site)

Below: Early concept artwork which has appeared on the web, although it should be made clear, this is NOT official artwork and has nothing to do with the official promotional material.

Above: Movie director Clint Eastwood with the South African acapella boy-band Overtone: who say Clint's asked them to make a demo of their songs for the sound-track for his new movie about Nelson Mandela and South Africa's transition from apartheid.This is a great kick-start to the band's career.

Below: Here is a special preview ticket from Hsinchu, Taiwan.
Clint Eastwood with real-life film subject, South African rugby captain Fran├žois Pienaar, during the making of the 2009 film Invictus.
Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman during Invictus

Clint Made French Legion of Honor Commander

PARIS (Reuters) - President Nicolas Sarkozy awarded U.S. actor and director Clint Eastwood one of France's top honors on Friday, hailing him as a cinema legend and a symbol of the type of America that the French adored.
It is unusual for a foreigner to be elevated to the rank of commander of the French Legion of Honor but Eastwood, who went from playing tough guy roles like Dirty Harry to directing highly praised films, said he saw France as his second home.

"My wife chastised me saying if that was true why don't I speak French," he told friends and officials gathered at the Elysee Palace for the ceremony, promising to take lessons.
He jokingly referred to Sarkozy as "my president" after receiving the red-ribboned medal, and said he planned to go out and show off his award.

"As a commander of the arts and letters, I think I will go out on the streets of France today and throw my weight around," said Eastwood, 79, who recently finished making a supernatural thriller in France, "Hereafter."
''This is a wonderful honor,'' Eastwood said. ''It is just a great pleasure for me. I really love France. I love movies, and I love the appreciation that the French people have for movies.''
Sarkozy said French admiration for U.S. cinema helped transcend any problems the two countries might have had in the past -- a veiled reference to France's fierce opposition to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

"When one loves the cinema of a people, one loves the people," the president said.
He called Eastwood, whose line "Go ahead, make my day" became a global catchphrase, "a myth, a giant, an example of the admiration we have for American culture."

He added that problems between the two countries had only arisen "when America was not as big as we would have liked in our dreams.
"You, you have never let us down," he added.
From The New York Times