Clint Eastwood: Visionary

Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood

by Tony Rizzo

When Clint Eastwood appeared at the Republican Convention to support his party and its candidate, he unfortunately became the object of ridicule. The backlash hurt his current film, “Trouble With the Curve,” which cost $60 million to make and only took in $46,342,888. People need to cut Clint a break. Here’s a man who started his career doing bit parts in B movies such as 1955’s “Revenge of the Creature” (the sequel to “The Creature from the Black Lagoon”) with John Agar; “Francis in the Navy” (about a talking mule) with Donald O’Conner; “Lady Godiva of Coventry” with Maureen O’Hara; and “Tarantula,” again with John Agar.

In 1964, he starred in Sergio Leone’s $225,000 spaghetti Western, “A Fistful of Dollars”; in l965 he made the $600,000 “For a Few Dollars More”; and then the $1.2 million “The Good, the Bad and The Ugly” in 1966, which grossed $25 million. In 1992, he won Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture for “Unforgiven,” which grossed $159 million. In 2004, he won Oscars again for Best Director and Best Picture for “Million Dollar Baby,” which cost $30 million and grossed $216,763,646. The man is a visionary, and if he wants to talk to an empty chair, we should let him!