10 Things you didn't know about Clint Eastwood

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  1. zhuk

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    Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Clint Eastwood


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    Clint Eastwood has become a living monument of Hollywood. He is to film what Chuck Norris is to roundhouse kicks: the founding father and ruling king. His squint alone has the ability to make lesser filmmakers renounce the craft altogether and his gravelly snarl has made plenty of punks reassess the status of their luck. But everyone knows he’s a badass, and everyone knows he’s as talented behind a camera as he is behind the trigger of a .44 Magnum. But there are some things you might not have known about him.



    10. Clint has directed more movies than Steven Spielberg and George Lucas

    Can this be for real? A man who made his mark in this world for so long with his gritty performances of gunslinging toughs has actually directed more movies than the men who are arguably the two most famous American directors in history?

    Clint has topped their counts?

    Yes, it’s true. Clint released two films in 2008 (one of the strange times you could actually see a preview of an Eastwood movie at an Eastwood movie), as well as two in 2006, two in 1997 and two in 1990. He’s directed sixteen movies since 1990 alone. This is not normal. This is Clint Eastwood. Respect the man, for he is a living legend.

    9. Clint played at Carnegie Hall

    The man acts, directs, and he even plays a mean piano. And you know when Clint does it, it really is mean, as he demonstrated at Carnegie Hall in 1997. He’s played since he was a boy and is by all accounts self-taught, and has even scored some of his own films (Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino). This is what we call a triple threat. If anyone could take the ivories and make them lethal, it’s Clint.

    8. Clint used to dig pools for a living

    This just goes to show that even Clint Eastwood came from pretty humble beginnings. Back when he was just getting bit parts in little movies here and there, Clint spent his time between acting employment digging pools for the Hollywood elite who’d already made their fortunes. Which means the next time you’re in the Hollywood hills taking a dip in your producer friend’s pool, take a moment to reflect on the flinty hands of Clint that quite possibly dug that pool for your overprivileged ass.

    7. Clint tried his hand at recording pop records

    One of the roles that helped make Clint famous was Rowdy Yates on the show Rawhide in the early ‘60s. In an ill-advised attempt to consolidate an audience amongst the teeny bopper crowd, he recorded pop songs meant to reach out to this demographic. He eventually recorded the album titled, “Rawhide’s Clint Eastwood Sings Cowboy Favorites”. Unfortunately, I don’t think anyone was in the mood for cowboy favorites from Clint or anyone else, and his brief stint as pop star ended about as soon as it began. Which is probably for the better. He turned out to be much better at writing scores for his movie and rocking the jazz standards, which is more than you can say for your average action movie star.

    6. Clint was fired by Universal Studios for having an Adam’s apple that was too big

    This is one of those moments in cinema history that is just too ridiculous not to be true. After Universal signed Clint in 1954 for the princely sum of $75 a week, which landed him parts in forgettable movies like Revenge of the Creature and Tarantula, a couple of studio execs happened upon him one day and noticed his Adam’s apple. Deciding it was too big, he was out, just like that. The venerable Clint Eastwood was chewed up and spat out by a couple of Hollywood hacks.

    Of course, it was only a matter of time – and not much time at that – before he was rolling, rolling, rolling rawhide, and those execs would be confronted with their own ineffable stupidity.

    5. Clint received the French Legion d’Honneur award

    …by President Jacques Chirac, no less. Having received this award on February 17, 2007, Clint officially became a Knight of the Empire, which I suppose means that if France and Russia ever got into it like olden times, good ol’ Clinty boy would be at the front of the line to duke it out with Putin. I don’t care how many Judo belts Putin has, my money’s still on Clint.

    4. Clint drives a beater

    One might think that with all the riches that come with Clint’s level of fame and success he’d be living about as high on the hog as he could without actually falling off the hog altogether. But one would be very, very wrong. An anonymous source shared with me a very interesting story. My source, at the time, was an employee at the prestigious Hollywood hotel the Chateau Marmont and happened to see Clint, in the flesh, waiting for the valet to bring his car around. Cleverly quipping to the hoi polloi that surrounded him, “I have my Mercedes Benz here,” he patiently bided his time as the lower species of human marveled at the cinematic deity in their presence. Clint stood there, squinting his scare-the-daylights-out-of-the-daylight squint, when up came his vehicle of choice. And what kind of vehicle would this be? The newest, slickest Benz on the market? No. In fact, a run-down, battered, late-‘80s Grand Marquis sputtered up to Clint, as if the valet had taken it upon himself to play a dirty trick on Dirty Harry. ut this was no ruse, this was simply more evidence that Clint is every bit the man’s man he appears to be. What kind of man needs leather interior? What kind of man needs a CD player, or seats that heat up, or windows that roll down? Not Clint. Clint only needs four wheels that are round and an engine that goes. As Clint climbed into his Grand Marquis, the back bumper holding onto the rest of the car by a thread – or a Bungee cord, anyway – everyone else looked on in astonishment and admiration. And no one uttered a single word about the man’s mule.

    3. Clint threatened to kill Michael Moore

    Once again, fact is way awesomer than fiction. So how exactly did Clint come to threaten Michael Moore’s life? Well, it just so happens that Clint got the opportunity to watch Moore’s film Bowling for Columbine, and he didn’t much care for the scene at the end where Moore sticks a camera in Charlton Heston’s face and pretty much makes an ass of him.

    So, while accepting a Special Filmmaking Achievement prize for Million Dollar Baby at the National Board Of Review Awards in New York, he says, “Michael, if you ever show up at my front door with a camera, I’ll kill you.” The audience laughs, everyone has a good chuckle, and then the laughter dies down.

    To make sure everyone knows that this wasn’t a joke and there’s no punchline, he then says, “I mean it.” Gulp! These are the times when I’m glad I’m not a fat documentary filmmaker. Charlton may have been a gentleman about Moore’s boorish ways, but Clint, as always, knows the answer to obnoxious punks: the .44 Magnum.

    2. Clint is allergic to horses

    And you heard it first here. Now, while your reaction might be to recoil in horror at this juicy little tidbit of gossip, pause a moment and really reflect on this. The man has spent about half of his cinematic career sitting on horses. Horses that REPULSE his body. But did this ever stop Clint from getting the job done? Did he ever exchange any of his squints for a single wince? Nope. Not once. That’s because while Clint’s body may experience anguish over the hooved creatures that bring it pain, Clint himself is oblivious to discomfort.

    1. Clint is a vegan

    That’s right. You’d think Clint would maintain a steady diet of rare steaks, beef jerky and live ammunition, but no. He has said that, “I take vitamins daily, but just the bare essentials not what you’d call supplements. I try to stick to a vegan diet heavy on fruit, vegetables, tofu, and other soy products.”

    Dang. Hard to believe the same guy who played Dirty Harry would also keep the same dietary habits of the hippies living in Haight Ashbury. Maybe that’s why he’s still in better shape at age 78 than most men are at 25. Well, part of the reason is that Death is too chicken to approach him when he’s awake – and Clint sleeps with at least one eye open. The other is because he apparently believes meat is murder.




    The man is a veritable GOD :D lol
     
  2. Gojubrian

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    My favorite!! "Get off my lawn!"

    Not so much, but to each their own. :rolleyes:
     

  3. zhuk

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    Actually, it is a marker of the man's awesomeness that he can be a vegan yet STILL display such awesome qualities :p

    Plus, I don't think he rubs anyone's face in that fact...unlike certain Californian-lefty-wanker-'megastars' who feel they have to push that particular militant barrow. And be seen to be doing it :rolleyes:
     
  4. Gojubrian

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    Exactly!! I have no problem with someone being a vegan or a vegetarian, just don't shove it down my throat or berate me because I like to chew cooked flesh. :D
     
  5. spittinfire

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    The man with no name series will always be epic.
     
  6. cpttango30

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    Clint owned a decent sized ranch up by where I lived. At one time he found some poached deer and offered up a $50,000 reward for info leading to the arrest of the Punks.

    All for 2 or 3 deer.
     
  7. AcidFlashGordon

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    How can you not admire the man that made the phrase "Make my day" an icon in almost every facet of life on this planet? Hell, even the scummy vermin politicians give homage to Clint in the use of this phrase. :cool:
     
  8. masterPsmith

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    A true, great American icon.........................


    Jim.....
     
  9. lonyaeger

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    A class act all the way. Anybody that gets in Michael Moore's face is a hero in my book.

    Good post. I learned things I didn't know about his awesomeness.
     
  10. robocop10mm

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    I met the man on the set of "A Perfect World". Actually got to sit and have lunch with him. He is a gentleman and a no-nonsense actor/director. He will always have a special place for me.

    Funny story about the filming of that movie. He both directed and acted in "A Perfect World". After filming a scene, the cinematographer was not happy with the camera angle. Clint was not clearly visible. Clint said to the cinematographer "could you hear my voice?". "Yes" said the camera dude. Clint responded in his trademark snarl "Then they will know who it is. Let's get to the next scene." Priceless.
     
  11. lonyaeger

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    That was a GREAT movie, too bad it's so underappreciated.
     
  12. robocop10mm

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    I got the priveledge of working onthat movie. It was filmed only a few miles from where I lived. I worked security on the set (good money). Eastwood was great. Costner was really nice. The kid's parents were on set. Dad was a cop out in Utah, nice folks.
    The producer was a nervous wreck, but Eastwood kept it all together.
     
  13. Mark F

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    Clint is my all-time favorite actor... bar none. I have most all of his movies. Although his choice of women in the early days left a bit to be desired... specifically Sondra Locke. Most useless woman on earth.
     
  14. seeker

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    clint is the man.... always been my favorite actor... always delivers... I still think about ow he renamed the town hell even when I'm not watching the movie... my favorite by far... oh and fist full of dollars
     
  15. Highpower

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    11. He is also fluent in Italian.

    I guess after doing the 'spaghetti westerns' for all those years it was inevitable. :D
     
  16. Shooter girl

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    And this was Moore's response.

    Umm. Yeah....
     
  17. Jo da Plumbr

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    I guess everyone knows he was the Mayor of the town of Carmel here in CA.

    Did you know he owns a ranch you can visit?

    Welcome to Mission Ranch
     
  18. lonyaeger

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    The theme song in the soundtrack for his film "The Bridges of Madison County".....was written by he himself.

    And let us not forgot that he sang in "Paint Your Wagon"....and took a lot of ribbing for it.
     
  19. spittinfire

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    You can send him to my house with a camara and seeif my version is light hearted...:D
     
  20. IGETEVEN

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    #12). Clint Eastwood has a very beautiful daughter as well. Her name is Alison Eastwood and I am damn glad she took after her mamma in the looks department. :D

    Kudos and respect to both Alison and her father Clint, it seems they are both very talented and gifted individuals in their own ways. **respect** :cool:

    She made my day!

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