Clint Eastwood Response Post (4.18.17 noon deadline)

william-munny_clint-eastwood_unforgivenClint Eastwood has lived a pretty crazy life on film and television. He’s been a gunslinger, gangster, dirty cop, crusty old boxing trainer, and war-time soldier. He’s acted, written, produced and even directed Oscar-winners. After nearly six decades in the business, he shows no signs of slowing down. In 2016, Eastwood directed the critically acclaimed “Sully”.

Read the Clint Eastwood biography here (and watch the mini-documentary on that page as well), then watch the interviews below.

Clint Eastwood talks to Parkinson about his switch between acting and directing, and what drives him to make films. Free video clip from the popular British talk show ‘Parkinson’.

The legendary (and neighborly) Clint Eastwood dropped by to chat with Ellen today. He told Ellen what keeps him making incredible movies year after year, then shared his work rescuing animals.

Address two of the following questions and post by noon on April 18:

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  1. After more than 60 years in the business, what are some of the things you can learn from Eastwood about perseverance?
  2. What interests you the most about his varied career? Explain.
  3. Compare Eastwood’s path and life to another filmmaker with similarities.
  4. How does Eastwood manage the balance between directing, producing and acting?
  5. After watching the interviews, share your thoughts on his personality.
  6. Eastwood has been an audience and a critic fave for his work ethic, and yet many times he will actually shoot rehearsals (and put those takes in a final cut of the film), and he provides a certain amount of freedom for his cast. How do the two of these find balance in filmmaking for Eastwood?eastwoodmagnumforce
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20 thoughts on “Clint Eastwood Response Post (4.18.17 noon deadline)

  1. Clint Eastwood:
    Kate lamar:
    2. “My whole philosophy, surround yourself with the best people, and make them make you look good”. One thing that I thought was influential was that he was in the US branch, and when he got out of the service, they told him he needed to go into film making. After he started out, he got put on a movie, from him walking down a hallway, and somebody recognized him, and told him to be in his first movie.
    4. He has done 9 movies, in 9 years. Ellen asked him how he has this energy. He enjoys working, and working in a career, that a lot of people cannot say that. You always want to quit with a winner.

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  2. 2. That even with how hold he is, he still finds the energy and the passion to make and be in films. He says in the interview that he generally enjoys his job and not many people do nowadays. This is true most people do their job for a paycheck and not because they enjoy doing it everyday. Eastwood also stated that he keeps saying certain movies will be his last movie but still continues to make them because he loves doing it.

    5. He has a very up beat personality. Ellen said it perfectly that you can see it in his eyes that he has something about him that looks lively. Even through the camera I can see the liveliness that he has in him.

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  3. 2. What interests you the most about his varied career? Explain.

    I find it interesting that despite being in the film business for 60 years, he is still consistent in his movies. In other words, he has stayed at the peak of his career while you see other actors begin to go off the consistent basis after 20 years of directing or acting.

    5. After watching the interviews, share your thoughts on his personality.

    Based on his personality in the Ellen interview, I liked how he was always cracking a joke and smiling and is full of life at age 80. I loved how grateful he is that he has had a great career in film making and acting. He seems humbled, and like Taylor said he does seem to have an upbeat personality as well.

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  4. Mallory Moore
    1. After more than 60 years in the business, what are some of the things you can learn from Eastwood about perseverance?

    We can learn from Eastwood’s career that it’s never too late to get started. From the biography, it looks like he didn’t really get involved in the business until his twenties and he had to do a lot of odd jobs before that. I wondered, as I read, if Eastwood could have imagined the fame and success he would have later in life as he was working at gas stations and driving trucks. I doubt he would have expected to get a big role in a TV show, so it just goes to show that you can never tell where your career might take you.

    6. Eastwood has been an audience and a critic fave for his work ethic, and yet many times he will actually shoot rehearsals (and put those takes in a final cut of the film), and he provides a certain amount of freedom for his cast. How do the two of these find balance in filmmaking for Eastwood?

    I think that the balance in this is that part of a good work ethic is knowing when you’ve done enough and when it’s time to take a break. Directors that are perfectionists and take a long time to shoot the best possible scene don’t necessarily have a good work ethic, because they don’t know when to quit. Eastwood’s work ethic is good because he can balance creating good work with knowing when to stop and take a break or move on to the next thing.

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  5. 2. What interests you the most about his varied career? Explain.
    I think it’s interesting that he started his career by gaining roles due to his looks, when he had very little acting experience. He went on to star in many westerns and eventually branched off to comedies and other genres. He has consistently had roles and movies he has directed and he doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.

    5. After watching the interviews, share your thoughts on his personality.
    Ellen says he has a gleam in his eyes that makes him seem very “lively”. I can see that he is a very cheerful, optimistic man who seems to enjoy living life on a day-to-day basis.

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  6. Rachel Gann

    1. It looks like Eastwood didn’t break into the business until later on in life and I think people could really learn about patience and continuing to strive for success even if you don’t achieve it right away. His life and journey could really be an inspiration to people and maybe teach them that success comes at its own time and you just have to keep trying.

    2. I enjoyed learning about Eastwood’s odd jobs that he worked during and after high school. I guess I never thought of him as being an ordinary guy working jobs that every day people work. Knowing what he did before he became the Clint Eastwood everybody knows him as today makes him more personable to me. It doesn’t make him seem any less famous it just makes him seem more down to earth.

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    1. I recently read a book “politicians are people too.” It focused on the fact that they have real lives, real families, and have real problems (just like we all do). I think the same can be said about some in Hollywood as well.

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  7. Sthefany Flores

    1. He shows that you can never really give up something you love. You may say you’re done but something wonderful may come your way and it keeps you where you are and allows you to do keep moving forward in your field. He said in his interview with Parkinson that the, “main thing [in film] is try to not screw it up.” Although for some that is a challenge unto itself, it shows that there are always basic truths that apply through every field, film not excluded.
    2. I think that it is interesting that although he was found just for his appearance he was able to succeed and even excel in such a competitive field. He has been in the world of film for years and through this time, he was able to see great success. I think that it is also very interesting that he takes an interesting perspective in field. He does the unexpected and he brings complex works to the table that are not the average formulated-for-the-cinema-crowd variety. He even manages to act and direct in quite a few of his movies which in itself is extremely challenging.

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  8. 1.After more than 60 years in the business, what are some of the things you can learn from Eastwood about perseverance?

    After reading about Clint Eastwood and about his early years, I think some of the things I could learn about perseverance come from his variety of jobs he has had. Growing up he worked as a steel-furnace stoker, logger, truck driver, etc. He grew up doing grunt jobs so when it comes to working hard to do something or get to that next milestone in his career, he knows how to accomplish it. What stuck out to me when reading about Eastwood was his involvement in politics and I think this shows his perseverance as well. Eastwood’s willingness to be involved in today’s issues after growing up through the Great Depression highlights his hard working attributes.

    6. Eastwood has been an audience and a critic fave for his work ethic, and yet many times he will actually shoot rehearsals (and put those takes in a final cut of the film), and he provides a certain amount of freedom for his cast. How do the two of these find balance in filmmaking for Eastwood?

    I thought this question was interesting after learning more about Clint Eastwood and his personality and seeing that he actually uses some of the rehearsals in the final cut. I think he finds a balance between these two by allowing this freedom for his cast. In rehearsals I would think there would be a sort of freedom and relaxed atmosphere (more so than an actual cut) and this doesn’t take away from Eastwood’s work ethic. If anything it enhances his eye for creativity by allowing these rehearsals to be in the movies. It makes the movies he creates, real.
    -Kacy O’Connor

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  9. 1. I think the one thing we can all take from Eastwood’s career is that it is never too late to be successful. A lot of people especially college grads expect to be great as soon as they graduate and make so much money but Eastwood shows that success does not happen overnight. This reminds me of Morgan Freeman

    2. What interest me most about his career is that he got a lot of roles based on his looks. I think this shows that not only sex but looks sell. Luckily, he gained experience but at first it was based in looks

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  10. 2. What interests me the most about Eastwood’s career is how long he’s been in the business, both as an actor and as a director. He started off in some well-known Western films like The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly. And he’s done some of Hollywood’s biggest titles like Escape from Alcatraz and Gran Torino. However, he also seemed to make a great living as a director when he directed movies such as Sully and American Sniper. He’s also been given a good reputation for rescuing animals and having them reside on a ranch, saving them from being put down.

    5. After watching the interviews, I actually think Clint Eastwood could be a good person to work with. He’s charming, fun, but also knows how to be serious as well. If I was an actor, I would be more than honored to work under Clint Eastwood in one of his movies. His career as an actor may be coming to an end, but you can tell he also has a huge passion for directing as well, and that he puts his heart into every project he makes. For example, everyone liked Sully when it came out because it gave us a story we did know about, but not too much. Thanks to Eastwood and the writers, we were able to get to the nitty gritty about what really happened on the day of the Miracle on the Hudson. So overall, Eastwood appears to be a very smart guy, and he has a huge passion in the film business

    -Will Braunlich

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