The things we say when we think we can predict the future. If there is any true expression in life, it’s ‘never say never.’ Clint Eastwood said at one time that he would never win an Oscar because A. He wasn’t Jewish, B. He made too much too money, and most importantly, C. He doesn’t give a fuck.
You can bet your ass he was wrong. When looking at his stunning array of awards, it seems than an Oscar nomination has become a natural occurrence in his life. He’s no longer the kid from “Rawhide,” no longer the eager tutor of Sergio Leone and Don Siegel, and no longer the sexy 70’s action star. He’s a serious filmmaker, one of the best in the business, who at the fragile age of 87 is still going goddamn strong.
If one were to sum up Eastwood’s career, the fact that he really didn’t give a fuck would be a good start. He does what he wants to do. He makes the films the films he wants to make and has little problem finding funding. Not every filmmaker is that blessed. He doesn’t care to follow conventions and has long stopped caring about the money. If you’re still working at his age, it’s because you care about the art of filmmaking.
Or perhaps he just wanted to defy the notion that he’s past his prime. He’s a stubborn old man, he doesn’t like to listen to reason. He’s made a few of his greatest movies in the winter of his career and there’s no sign of him stopping anytime soon. It’s like he said: ”There’s a rebel lying deep in my soul. Anybody tells me the trend is such and such, I go the opposite direction.”
You live so long and some things stay and some things → continue…
From:: Taste Of Cinema