Clint Eastwood said he doesn’t have any movie ideas “percolating” at the moment, but he’s not worried. Something always pops up. It’s why he’s still producing, directing, and acting in movies seven decades after first trying his hand in Hollywood. And he’s far from done. In fact, he doesn’t plan on retiring.
The Western icon told the LA Times that he has thought about it, though. But he’s going to let the audience decide if he should put down the camera and ride off into the sunset.
“What the hell am I still working for in my 90s? Are people going to start throwing tomatoes at you? I’ve gotten to the point where I wondered if that was enough, but not to the point where I decided it was,” he told the Times. “If you roll out a few turkeys, they’ll tell you soon enough.”
Clint Eastwood is promoting his new movie, Cry Macho. The story centers around Eastwood’s character, a former champion rodeo rider who someone hires to sneak into Mexico and kidnap an 11-year-old boy from his alcoholic mother. He directs and stars in the movie.
Producers approached Eastwood about Cry Macho more than 30 years ago. But he felt he was too young to play the part when he read the original idea in 1988. Now that he’s 91-year-old, he finally feel age-appropriate for the role.
“I always thought I’d go back and look at that. It was something I had to grow into,” Eastwood said. “One day, I just felt it was time to revisit it. It’s fun when something’s your age. When you don’t have to work at being older.”
Cry Macho releases September 17 on HBO Max and in theaters.
Clint Eastwood Says His Age Creates Possibilities
Where some people would say they want to be lounging on a beach when they’re 91 or living out the final dreams. Clint Eastwood, however, said he’s happy to get older because it means he can do more work.
“I don’t look like I did at 20, so what?” he told the L.A. Times. “That just means there are more interesting guys you can play.”
But he tries not to think about it that much. Eastwood said acting and directing is his passion, but he doesn’t want to put that under a microscope. He just wants to enjoy what he does and not overanalyze it.
“If you think about it too much, you can take it apart to the point where you don’t like it anymore,” he said. “If you think about it four different ways, you forget what dragged you into it in the first place. It’s like somebody throwing a fast pitch across the plate. Just swing at it, step in and go.”