Eastwood talks about his relationship with his children:
I have children by other women. I gotta give Dina the credit for bringing everyone together. She never had the ego thing of the second wife. The natural instinct might have been to kill off everybody else. You know, the cavewoman mentality. But she brought everybody together. She’s friendly with my first wife, friendly to former girlfriends. She went out of her way to unite everybody. She’s been extremely influential in my life.
Eastwood wins the Academy Award for Best Directing for his female boxing drama Million Dollar Baby. Julia Roberts presents the award.
I’m just lucky to be here. Lucky to be still working. And I watched Sidney Lumet out there, who is eighty, and I figure, I’m just a kid. I’ve got a lot of stuff to do yet. So thank you all very much. Appreciate it.
Producer, director, and actor Clint Eastwood wins the Academy Award for Best Picture for the western Unforgiven. Jack Nicholson presents the award.
Thank you. This is just a wonderful one because this includes, this goes to just about everybody I can think of.
Eastwood wins the Academy Award for Best Directing for his western Unforgiven. Barbra Streisand presents the award.
It wasn’t a highly tout(ed) film when it came out, but they (the film critics) sort of stayed with it throughout the year. The French film critics who embraced some of my work very early in the game, the British Film Institute, the Museum of Modern Art are some of the people that were there long before I ever became fashionable.
In this self-directed post-Civil War era western Eastwood plays Josey Wales, a farmer. One day his farm is attacked and his family killed. Wales embarks off on a journey of revenge against the men who did it. He finds himself out West and obligated to help a group of vulnerable pioneers find their way to their destination. Co-starring Chief Dan George, Sondra Locke and Paula Trueman.
I think I appeal to the escapism in people – the characters I play… I like those characters myself; that’s why, maybe, I carry them to other extremes than my predecessors… A man who thinks on a very simple level and has very simple moral values, appeals to a great many people.
In this western, Eastwood directs and plays “The Stranger,” a man who agrees to help townspeople who are being terrorized by out-of-control brothers. Starring Verna Bloom and Marianna Hill. Who The Stranger is to him:
To me he was the brother. But I presented him… The way the whole town was, no children, kind of strange: it’s a weird situation. As far as me justifying the role, he was the brother. But as far as the audience is concerned, if they want to draw him as something a little more than that, that’s fine.
In this Civil War era drama directed by Don Siegel, Eastwood plays wounded Yankee soldier, John McBurney, who is taken in, hidden, and treated by the women at a school for girls in the southern countryside. When the time comes for him to leave things turn dark. Also starring Geraldine Page. On making movies that go against his image:
I’ve died in two pictures now, and neither one was successful. ‘Honkytonk Man’ and ‘Beguiled.’
In this western directed by Don Siegel, Eastwood plays Hogan, a drifter who finds a woman in distress. After saving her, he discovers that she is a nun and agrees to shepherd her to her destination. Along the trail he learns that Sister Sara isn’t exactly what she says she is, and the two form a partnership. Also starring Shirley MacLaine. On having to behead a rattlesnake:
I guess I have too much of a reverence for living creatures.
Eastwood plays Jed Cooper in this western directed by Ted Post. Cooper is a hard working cattleman who is mistaken for a cattle rustler and hanged on the spot despite his claims of innocence. He somehow manages to survive the hanging and sets on a path of revenge when he is given the opportunity to become a Marshall and have the law behind his quest. Also starring Inger Stevens and Pat Hingle. Post on teaching Eastwood to use props:
I said, well, get his attention. But he can’t get his attention – he was smoking. So I said well all right, here’s what we’ll do. See the cigarette in his mouth? Take the cigarette out of his mouth and put it into his drink – that will get his attention.
Originally released in 1965 as Per qualche dollaro in più in Italy, this spaghetti western directed by Sergio Leone is the second in the Man with No Name, or Dollars trilogy. Eastwood plays Monco, a Civil War veteran and bounty hunter who rides into a western town looking for a bounty, El Indio. But his plans are sent awry when he discovers that his rival, Col. Douglas Mortimer, is in town looking for him too – at least until the two come to an agreement that seals Indio’s fate. Also starring Lee Van Cleef and Gian Maria Volonté. Eastwood says Sergio Leone likes him for his two faces:
one with the hat, one without it.
Eastwood plays Joe in the this first installment of the Man with No Name trilogy and first Spaghetti Western, directed by Sergio Leone. Originally released in Italy in 1964 as Per un Pugno di Dollari, Joe is a gunfighter who wanders into town and finds a chance to make a fistful of dollars playing two rival powerful families against each other, setting off a battle and saving a town from tyranny in the process. Also starring Marianne Koch and Gian Maria Volonté. Morgan Freeman on the iconic character shaping Eastwood’s career:
It’s because of the Man with No Name. He established that voice when he was doing spaghetti westerns with Sergio Leone, and he’s used it ever since. People use it when they imitate him because it’s the only voice they know. But it only comes out when you mic him up and he’s on the set and acting. And then he uses this voice and I don’t know why….
Il buono, Il brutto, Il cattivo is the Italian title of the third installment of Sergio Leone’s spaghetti western trilogy surrounding the Man with No Name. Eastwood plays Blondie, a Civil War veteran and bounty hunter looking for a payday when he runs into Tuco, a bandit and the perfect partner in a very lucrative business venture. The two part ways, only to reunite in a scheme to find a grave loaded with treasure – that is, if it isn’t another double-cross. Also starring Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach. Wallach:
Clint Eastwood was my coach in a way. He said, ‘I’m warning you that it’s very dangerous, the way you ride your horse,’ but I’d been riding horses in Texas since the 30s, so I knew how to ride. Clint is a wonderful horseman and we got along.