Clint Eastwood tells about Trouble with the Curve and his bizarre appearance at the Republican National Convention recently, where he spoke to an invisible President Obama in an empty chair.
Throughout his career Clint Eastwood has been honored as a director, producer and actor, including four Oscars for his work as the director/producer on Million Dollar Baby and Unforgiven.
In his latest movie, Trouble with the Curve, Eastwood’s longtime producing partner Robert Lorenz makes his directorial debut, leaving Clint to just produce and act.
Eastwood portrays Gus Lobel, who has been one of the best baseball scouts for decades, but his age is catching up with him. Against her better judgment, Lobel’s daughter Mickey (Amy Adams), joins him on his latest scouting trip, where together they both must face their shaky relationship.
Was this movie, Trouble with the Curve too close, to home for you, as it is about aging?
You get to a certain age, you’re just glad to be there. You have to be a realist so you try to look for roles that are within the age range you are in.
It would be kind of ridiculous if I wanted to play a 35-year-old guy.
I’ve enjoyed the journey to this stage and I intend to enjoy the rest of the journey.
What did you discover about baseball scouts while you were preparing to do the film?
These guys have a tremendous responsibility, because they’re often signing players who are 17, 18-years-old, to major league contracts with a lot of money dropped in their laps.
Scouts have to be part psychologist as well as have an eye for the game, so they can be sure they’re not betting on the wrong horse.
Was it difficult to hand over the reins of this movie to Robert Lorenz, as you are used to acting, directing and doing the music and everything else in your films?
It was horrible, I had to listen to everything he said! Robert and I have worked together for almost 20 years now. We’ve talked about him directing over the years, so when he showed me this script, I thought it was a perfect opportunity. I had no doubt he’d do a terrific job, and he absolutely did.
After Gran Toreno I thought, ‘This is stupid to be doing both jobs.’ I’ve been doing it for 40-some years and I thought maybe I should just do one or the other and allow myself a little bit of a comfort zone. So this was an opportunity, and Robert stepped right in and took over.
I probably won’t do both again, at least for the moment. But I said I wasn’t going to act again a few years ago and that changed too, so sometimes you just lie a lot.
What has kept you passionate about your career over the years?
Acting gets into your blood after so many years and you always like revisiting it. It’s fun to meet new people and watch them coming along at different stages of their career.
It’s fun to work with a girl like Amy who knows how to throw a baseball. The great thing about Amy is that she is really athletic. She has obviously got a little bit of a tomboy attitude somewhere in her life, and it pays off in this role.
Clint was asked if he was surprised about the response to his appearance at the Republican National Convention, and how he felt about the experience in retrospect? Click here to listen to what he said.
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