Clint Eastwood needs no introduction. His half-century-long career is mixed with both acting and directorial credits of epic proportion. The legend is also not new to versatility.
He’s played a number of diverse roles throughout the years. While thought of as something of a sex symbol in his younger days, the actor is embracing his mature second act at 91-years-old.
His epic career began in the 1950s, with recurring roles in the Western drama region. However, the actor has grown substantially. He’s been a part of highly emotional dramas complete with muted humor. He’s also lent his talents to the other side of the camera and helped young actors flourish as a director.
The transition from Hollywood hunk to an older man has also been pretty smooth, Eastwood said to The Los Angeles Times. He tends not to think too much about it.
“I don’t look like I did at 20, so what?” he says. “That just means there are more interesting guys you can play.”
His key to success in the acting world? Keeping it real by not overthinking or overpreparing.
“I never thought of acting as an intellectual sport,” he says. “You don’t want to overthink something. You want it to be emotional.
“If you think about it too much, you can take it apart to the point where you don’t like it anymore. 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.”
Clint Eastwood Has No Plans to Retire
From spaghetti westerns to Oscar-winning films like “Million Dollar Baby” and “Unforgiven”, the star continues to adapt with his age. Between “Gran Torino” and “The Mule”, Eastwood’s work stays relevant – enriching the lives of viewers and actor alike.
At 91 years of age, Eastwood may not move around quite as easily as he used to. However, the film star says he has no plans on retiring any time soon.
That decision will be left up to his audience. And so far, we all want more Eastwood.
“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 said. “If you roll out a few turkeys, they’ll tell you soon enough.”
His latest film “Cry Macho” is set to debut this month – and it looks like it’s gonna be a good one. The plot surrounds a former rodeo champion who’s tasked with crossing into Mexico to kidnap a child from his alcoholic parent.