Clint Eastwood’s ‘Pale Rider’ Co-Star Details What It Was Like Working with the Legend

by Quentin Blount
Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for AFI

Sydney Penny was just 13 years old when she starred in the 1985 American fantasy Western film, Pale Rider, alongside Clint Eastwood. But despite being just a kid at the time, she still has very fond memories of her time on set.

For those at home who don’t know Pale Rider was produced and directed by Clint Eastwood. He also plays the lead role in the film. The title is a reference to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. The pale horse’s ghost rider, Preacher (Eastwood), represents death.

As for actress Sydney Penny, she plays teenager Megan Wheeler in the film. In a sense, she actually kicks off the story when her dog gets shot. She buries her beloved pet and then prays for help, which is when Preacher rides into town. Megan then forms a bond with the stranger, who actually saves her from another attack later on.

“I have so many wonderful memories both professionally and just personally,” Penny recalled in an interview with WECT NEWS 6. “The whole cast and crew were spectacular, spectacular people and crafts people and technicians. It was a beautiful location where we were shooting up in Idaho and the biggest image of it is Clint right in the middle.”

But as we all know, Penny isn’t the only person that loves Clint Eastwood. Just about everyone does. We definitely do here at Outsider.

“I am probably just one of several million people that love him, love his work, and I’m so honored to have known him and to have seen him up close his style of working, his ethos, and his kind consideration for everyone he works with. He’s kind of awesome.”

Clint Eastwood’s Co-Star Taking Part in ‘Pale Rider’ Screening

Okay, this one is for all of you Western film lovers out there in North Carolina. You now will have the chance to go and watch Pale Rider in person and possibly even chat about it afterward with actress Sydney Penny. She will be taking part in a screening of the movie hosted by the NC Filmmaker Seris. It will take place on Sunday, October 17 at 4 p.m. at the Point 14 theater in Wilmington. And the best part about all of this? Admission is free.

“I’m excited about it,” she admitted. “I haven’t seen the movie actually in several years. I kind of intentionally do that so I can enjoy it again.”

The Pale Rider star has lived in the Wilmington area since 2005. She has always gone out of her way to help those in the film industry and this is just the latest example of that.

“I think the NC Filmmakers Series is a wonderful wonderful project and there are so many tremendously talented people here who are also generous with their time,” she said. “I think that’s one thing that makes our film community so great is that people are really willing to help young filmmakers come and learn from their successes in their mistakes and it’s nice to be a part of this community.”