Clint Eastwood

Sept. 12, 2010 | 8:37 a.m.

Eastwood and ‘Hereafter’ speak to the dead: ‘I knew right away I wanted to do it’

Clint Eastwood (Liz Baylen/Los Angeles Times)
The new Clint Eastwood film, “Hereafter,” which will be shown Sunday night at the Toronto Film Festival, takes the Hollywood icon down an unexpected cinematic path into the supernatural and the most elaborate CG effects of his career. I got to spend a day with Eastwood in Carmel to talk about the film. Here’s an excerpt from the story as well as the just-released trailer. On a recent misty morning, if you were standing in the right spot, you could have looked up to see a helicopter emerge from the pale heavens above this coastal enclave and a famous face squinting in concentration from the pilot’s seat. Clint Eastwood is 80 but, no surprise, he is still at the controls, whether it’s flying or filmmaking. “I came in from Shasta but the fog slowed me down,” Eastwood said with a […]
Sept. 07, 2010 | 11:26 a.m.

Clint Eastwood as Superman or James Bond? ‘It could have happened,’ he says [updated]

Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood is watching the contemporary superhero craze in Hollywood with a bit of generational relief. “Thank God that I didn’t have to do that,” says the the 80-year-old star. The Oscar-winning actor and filmmaker is best known to moviegoers as a cowboy or a cop, but during a recent interview in Carmel, the Hollywood icon said that in the 1970s he was an early candidate to play the Man of Steel. He added that, a few years before that, he was approached with an offer to join her majesty’s secret service in the role of suave spy James Bond. “I can remember — and this was many years ago — when [Warner Bros. President] Frank Wells came to me about doing Superman. So it could have happened. This was when they first started to think about making it. I was like, ‘Superman? Nah, nah, that’s not […]
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