Henri’s Wednesday Hottie

My choice for this week is the actor and director Clint Eastwood.

Clint with his steely-eyed squint and trademark scowl

Clint with his steely-eyed squint and trademark scowl

I saw him first in his directorial début, the thriller Play Misty For Me, a somewhat nasty film but also a scarily realistic portrait of a man completely out of his depth. After that I was hooked and went on to watch as many of his films as I could get my hands on. I even had a full-sized poster of “The Man With No Name” on my wall at some point.

His career has been incredibly varied, from first coming to prominence in the TV series Rawhide, to being nominated for the Academy Awards 11 times and winning 5 Oscars (so far).

He has a reputation for playing roles which are often a portrayal of justice, mercy, suicide, and the angel of death, and the pacing in his films is said to be “unrushed and relaxed” with an almost noir-ish feel.

With Richard Burton in "Where Eagles Dare"

With Richard Burton in "Where Eagles Dare"

It would be impossible to list all his achievements here, so I’ll limit myself to a few of my favourites. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Where Eagles Dare, where he almost single-handedly destroys the Wehrmacht(!), High Plains Drifter, In the Line of Fire (with the excellent John Malkovich), Unforgiven, and Million Dollar Baby (the last two for which he won Best Picture and Best Director).

Clint is now 81 years old, and let’s face it, the guy ages well!

Older now

Older now

15 thoughts on “Henri’s Wednesday Hottie

  1. Oh yes! You’ve named several of my favourite films there, Henri – but, gulp, I don’t think a film has ever made me cry as much as Million Dollar Baby!

  2. I love Clint Eastwood! Not sure I’d agree with you about him being a hottie, per se, (figure I’m the wrong gender for that!) but he is one of my favourites. I’d have to actively disagree with you on Million Dollar Baby, though – I can’t stand that film, it’s so depressing. For better examples of his work as director, check out Letters from Iwo Jima (incredibly dark, but one of my favourite films) and Gran Torino. Another western I love him in is Pale Rider, which takes some beating and I think has the edge on High Plains Drifter. Finally, Escape from Alcatraz is a classic, pretty much the definitive prison movie.

  3. Great, Henri, I love Clint Eastwood! He’s always so calm and in control as the hero of all his films, and has a great sense of humour 🙂

  4. Chris – Glad to hear you agree with my choice, and I definitely with you on the “gulp” moment.

    Gray – Thanks for your input. Clint has been my favourite actor for years, but it isn’t so much to do with “hotness”, actually, just that I really admire him and enjoy his films. Agree with you about Gran Torino (I could have listed many more films here…), but Million Dollar Baby, although really sad, had the edge for me because of what he did in it. Such a shock! (won’t say what, because no spoilers). Haven’t watched Letters to Ivo Jima yet (will do!), but I know Clint was awarded a medal by the Japanese emperor for his contribution to US-Japanese relations. Yep, Pale Rider and Escape from Alcatraz get the thumbs up from me too!

    Christina – He does a have great sense of humour, very dry and understated. In some ways I think perhaps he’s a slightly better director than actor, but generally I just admire the guy. 🙂

  5. At last, a hottie I think really attractive. I love Clint’s films – those of years ago and those of more recent origin. Gran Torino was terrific, and I really liked Million Dollar Baby.

    I love him with his cowboy hat on, squinting into the distance from the back of his trusty steed … Yes, no shears needed here.

    Liz X

  6. He’s an advert for a life well lived if ever there was one! Good choice…..very good actor…makes women swoon and men admire him….what more could we ask of his job description?

  7. No no no no no no no no. Too traumatised to say anything else 🙂

  8. Liz, Linda & Sue – So glad you agree! After writing this blog post I decided that I need to sort my office out so I can get my Clint poster back on the wall 😉

    Margaret – You and me both!

    Sarah & Jane – Oh, dear….

  9. I didn’t realise we were starting a Wednesday Pensioners’ slot? Christopher Lee and now Clint. I must have been one of the few people in the cinema who preferred Lee Marvin to Mr Eastwood in Paint your Wagon – now I’m showing MY age! But as I got older, Clint grew on me – not literally, of course. And, along with the male half of the family, I love his films.

  10. Yessss!! Definitely one of my all-time favourites. I grew up watching his films – mostly the Spaghetti Westerns as my dad was into those – then at uni used to go with my then boyfriend (now husband) to see all the Dirty Harry films when the local cinema was showing a series of them. One of my student daughters watched Magnum Force with me recently and even she had to admit he was ‘so cool’. I love him best in the Pale Rider films, but he’s amazing in everything, and such an intelligent bloke when you read interviews with him. Wish he’d go on forever – he still has it!!

  11. Lilian – So glad you agree! I do love the spaghetti westerns. They both fun and cool, and the music by Ennio Morricone just hits the spot. In the same way that the music by Lennie Niehaus (think that’s his name) works so well in the later films.

  12. Oh yes, Henri – I too had a poster. My son, obviously recalling his embarrassing mother’s penchant, recently bought me a ‘man in a poncho’ coaster. (I should have written a poem there?)

    Would like to nominate The Bridges of Madison County as a wonderfully romantic movie. If you saw it, think of the scene in the rain where Meryl grips the car door handle while her husband waits behind El Clint at the lights. I cry every time. *Runs away to fetch tissues.*

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