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Clint Eastwood Once Called This Movie His ‘Absolute Favorite Film’

Clint Eastwood Once Called This Movie His ‘Absolute Favorite Film’

If you think the only movies that Clint Eastwood likes to make or even to watch are Westerns, then let Clint himself throw you a curveball. One of his favorite movies happens to be the classic comedy His Girl Friday. It stars Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell, and both of them do well in carrying the flick.

“Cary Grant, I was a tremendous fan of, and he was another one of those guys that had a very distinctive personality on the screen,” Clint Eastwood said to AFI when mentioning Grant’s performances on screen. “He probably never got as much credit as he deserved, but he was one of the kings of doing that sort of thing, that romantic comedy.”

His Girl Friday remains one of my all-time absolute favorite films,” Eastwood noted. His Girl Friday is director Howard Hawks’ 1940 comedy. Grant stars as newspaper editor Walter Burns. He’s about to lose reporter and ex-wife Hildy (Russell). She’s headed to get married to another man.

Clint Eastwood Liked This Comedy, So Could He Do One?

The movie has a lot of rapid-fire dialogue in it. His Girl Friday gives moviegoers a look at the world of newspaper journalism. Cary Grant did make some other comedies throughout his career, too.

Because of his liking this type of movie, could a comedy be in the cards for Clint Eastwood? Probably not. He is currently working on his final movie, Juror No. 2. After he finishes this one, who knows what other projects (if any) he will get done. Looking back at his movies, though, there are a few where you might get a little smirk on your face.

But as for a movie that delivers a moviegoer a big belly laugh? That hasn’t really been in the cards for him. More than not, Eastwood’s movies tend to be stress-filled and full of drama.

Clint Eastwood has built his career as an actor on the backs of stoic characters. You don’t find too many funny moments in, say, the “Spaghetti Westerns” he did with director Sergio Leone.

Getting Older Doesn’t Keep Eastwood From Tackling Movies

Now, Clint Eastwood has done a stellar job of creating memorable characters himself. No one would be able to play “Dirty Harry” Callahan other than Eastwood. His fans would catch on in a quick second if a director tried pulling a fast one on them.

One thing he’s clear on is the fact that he’s getting older. But he’s comfortable in playing characters that reflect his own age. “I don’t look like I did at 20, so what?” Eastwood told Yahoo in an interview around the release of Cry Macho. “That just means there are more interesting guys you can play.”

He had wanted to make Cry Macho earlier in his life, yet he waited until the time was right. “I always thought I’d go back and look at that,” Eastwood said. “It was something I had to grow into. One day, I just felt it was time to revisit it. It’s fun when something’s your age, when you don’t have to work at being older.”

In the interview, Eastwood spoke out about why he was still working into his 90s. “Are people going to start throwing tomatoes at you?” he asked. “I’ve gotten to the point where I wondered if that was enough, but not to the point where I decided it was. If you roll out a few turkeys, they’ll tell you soon enough.”