Clint Eastwood Opens Up About Working with Pet Rooster in New Film ‘Cry Macho’

by Michael Freeman

Even at 91-years-old, legendary actor Clint Eastwood always seems to be working. In a recent interview with Entertainment, he opens up about his new movie, “Cry Macho,” and the pet rooster he befriends.

“Cry Macho” is a western drama set in 1979. Eastwood produced and directed the film, as well as starred as the character Mike Milo. Milo is a one-time rodeo star and over-the-hill horse breeder. Taking a job from an ex-boss to bring the man’s son home from Mexico, the two face a challenging journey. Their travels have them taking the backroads back to Texas, with Mico making unexpected connections along the way.

One of these connections is apparently a pet rooster. Noting its professional demeanor, Eastwood seemed to enjoy working with his unorthodox costar. “The rooster would do exactly what he’s supposed to, everything, it was very simple and kind of fun.”

Additionally, Eastwood offered some insight into his character in the interview. “It’s about a man who has been through some hard times in his life and then unexpectedly another challenge is brought to the foreground. He would normally never do it but he is a man of his word. He follows through. And it starts his life over again.”

Interestingly, “Cry Macho” is a film long in the making. Since the novel of the same name was published in 1975, numerous attempts were made to make it into a film. In fact, actors like Burt Lancaster, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Pierce Brosnan all wanted to star in the movie at some point. Eastwood himself even attempted to back in 1988, but things never worked out until now.

Why Clint Eastwood ‘Never Got Drawn Into Rock & Roll Generation’

Clint Eastwood made a name for himself starring in both westerns and gritty crime dramas. So it makes sense that the actor never got caught up in the rock ‘n roll genre. The actor discussed his musical tastes.

Eastwood appears to be a much bigger fan of jazz, citing rhythm and blues as a personal favorite. Stating he “just kind of missed” the Rock & Roll generation, he seems to be indifferent to the genre.

“I’ve loved a lot of rhythm & blues and some rock & roll. When you go back and listen to the music of the ’60s, some of it is quite good. But I must say I never got drawn into the rock & roll generation. I just kind of missed it, growing up in the ’40s. For me, it was big band and bebop. In the ’60s I sort of skipped by rock. It didn’t musically inspire me a lot. But I love rhythm & blues, which is sort of the inspiration for rock & roll. To me, rock & roll seemed like sort of a white version of rhythm & blues.”

Between being disinterested in Rock & Roll and making friends with a rooster, Eastwood is full of surprises.