- Title: Eastwood recalls his childhood dream to "pack a gun and ride a horse"
- Date: 22nd May 2017
- Summary: CANNES, FRANCE (MAY 21, 2017) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** PEOPLE ARRIVING FOR CLINT EASTWOOD MASTERCLASS WITH POSTER FOR 'UNFORGIVEN' IN BACKGROUND AUDIENCE MEMBER TAKING PHOTO 'UNFORGIVEN' POSTER / AUDIENCE ACTOR AND DIRECTOR CLINT EASTWOOD BEING INTRODUCED, AUDIENCE APPLAUDING, EASTWOOD WALKING ON TO STAGE AUDIENCE APPLAUDING (SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTOR AND DIRECTOR, CLINT EASTWOOD, SAYING (ON WHETHER HE WAS A FAN OF WESTERNS AS A CHILD): "Oh yeah, I think I was, I grew up in the 30's and 40's and westerns were... every kid wanted to be in a western and every kid wanted to pack a gun and ride a horse, so as a kid I liked them very much."
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- Keywords: Unforgiven masterclass Cannes Clint Eastwood
- Location: CANNES, FRANCE / VENICE, ITALY / NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA / VARIOUS FILM LOCATIONS
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- Country: France
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment,Film,Sport
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Clint Eastwood was just like any other American boy growing up on the Westerns of the 1930s and 40s, he told a seminar at the Cannes Film Festival, where he recounted his rise to movie star and acclaimed director.
"Every kid wanted to be in a Western and every kid wanted to pack a gun and ride a horse," Eastwood told admirers at a masterclass he gave on the fringes of the festival.
"So as a kid I liked (Westerns) very much."
After playing the Man with No Name in Sergio Leone's 'spaghetti Westerns' in the 1960s, Eastwood became "Dirty" Harry Callahan, the cop who broke all the rules.
"A lot of people thought it was politically incorrect," he said of "Dirty Harry" the 1971 film in which he points his .44 Magnum pistol at bad guys and asks them if they "feel lucky" before he pulls the trigger.
"That was at the beginning of the era that we're in now where everybody thinks everybody's politically correct and we're killing ourselves by doing that, but we've lost our sense of humour," he said of the critics of the film.
"Anyway, I made it, I thought it was interesting, and it was daring at the time, and that was the only reason. Big guns: it was the ultimate kid's dream."
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