Clint Eastwood

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He may not have the name in the spaghetti westerns as he did under the directions of Sergio Leone, but Clint Eastwood need not have a name in his movies—nor say much—to portray his character. The genius of this man, as far as acting is concerned, is surely unparalleled. But acting is just one of the things at which this multi-talented man excels. This cowboy directs, composes, manages businesses, and takes part in noteworthy charitable causes.

Achievements

Why Clint Eastwood is Extraordinary

Clint Eastwood can effortlessly make any woman swoon. He is every man’s peg for masculinity. Directors are awed by his work and fellow actors respect him dearly. It’s hard for anyone to resist Clint Eastwood’s charm.

But even more than charm, Clint’s calm demeanour and quiet confidence endear people from all walks of life. In his 83 years of life, he has devoted over six decades to entertaining us both in movie theatres and our homes. He has tirelessly produced incredible films that have shaped our culture for generations.

83 and Still filming

We all get excited when we hear of a new Clint Eastwood film coming to theatres. Whether he is acting or directing - or doing both - we know we are in for a treat. His underacting invites viewers to get to know his character better and he leaves many scenes to their imagination when he directs. In a nutshell, Clint makes movies for those who are genuinely interested in watching and having their imagination stimulated. This respect he gives to the audience truly defines what type of artist he is.

Some of his films may be violent and project him as a ruthless man, but those characters are far removed from the real man that is Clint. He may be a chain smoker in films, but he never really smoked in real life. His health condition at 83 could certainly attest to his health-consciousness. He is a vegan, as well, and knows how to have fun.

Clint Eastwood could always make a watchable movie out of a spaghetti western. The violence in the may have occasionally left viewers with heavy hearts, yet the pure artistry of the films made them come back for more.

No director or actor has approached what Clint Eastwood has accomplished. Directing a movie is hard enough; acting in the same film, and even composing the musical score, is mind-boggling. But that’s how Clint works. He is not intimidated by obligations. Anything that involves acting, composing, and directing is not too much work for this passionate filmmaker.

Multi-Awarded Actor and Director

For his dedication to his craft, Clint has earned countless trophies and nominations from prestigious award-giving bodies, including the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, and BAFTA. His music has also earned Grammy nominations. Clint also makes time to involve himself in worthy causes. Not intent on pleasing anyone, he has never compromised his beliefs for fame nor favour. He has been very vocal about his disappointment with some of President Barack Obama’s plans, for example. He has never resorted to dirty tactics to win his critics over—he could do so sufficiently with his talent.

Japan has recognized his work in fostering good relations with the United States of America. He was also honoured at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre where his hand and footprints were immortalized in cement. The French Government acknowledged his contribution to the film industry in a unique way by awarding him the highest civilian distinction in France—the Légion d'honneur.

Clint certainly did not change his approaches to acting or directing to fit into the cookie-cutter world of Hollywood. His views on acting even created a new discipline which would later be adapted by other actors. Instead of reprising his approaches to silence his detractors and critics, Clint focused on improving his workmanship so that others could see his creation in a different light. Eventually, audiences became more comfortable with his signature silent acting and grew to admire it.

In an interview with James Lipton, Clint admitted to hating clichés. Nothing would change his mind, even back when he was an amateur, and no one will dare criticize him now as a seasoned film veteran. Clint is, indeed, no cliché.

Top Reasons why Clint Eastwood is Extraordinary

  1. He popularized spaghetti western films in the U.S.
  2. His first spaghetti western, “A Fist Full of Dollars,” was so successful that it was followed by “For a Few Dollars More” and “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.”
  3. "The Outlaw Josey Wales," which he both starred in and directed, made it to TIME’s “Top 10 Films of the Year” list.
  4. He played the role of Harry Callahan, one of the most legendary heroes of the 70s and 80s.
  5. He received the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award for his contributions to the film industry during the 67th Academy Awards.
  6. He won “Best Director of the Year” from the London Film Critics Circle and the National Society of Film Critics for "Mystic River" and “Best Director” and “Best Picture” awards for "Million Dollar Baby."
  7. He is a recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award and the Venice Film Festival Golden Lion Lifetime Achievement Award.
  8. He has directed five actors in Academy Award-winning performances.
  9. He has won a total 4 Oscars, 5 Golden Globes, and 3 BAFTA nominations.
  10. In his 80s, he is still acting and directing films. He is the oldest-ever recipient of the Academy Award for Best Director.

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