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Clint Eastwood’s Epic Response to Being Ordered to Evacuate Film Set Due to Fire

Clint Eastwood’s Epic Response to Being Ordered to Evacuate Film Set Due to Fire

You have to pretty much move hell or high water to get Clint Eastwood out of his rhythm when directing a movie. Case in point: Eastwood was working back in 2019 on Richard Jewell, a movie about the Olympic Park bomber at the Atlanta Olympics.

There was a lot of smoke rising around the area of a movie set at the Warner Bros. Burbank studio lot. While some thought that the fire was on the movie set itself, it was not. Still, the lot was evacuated because of serious air quality issues. Those were brought on by the Barham bushfires that affected the area.

Yeah, everyone was leaving…except Eastwood and his crew. Clint Eastwood was not about to stop working if he didn’t have to at all. That’s just the way that he goes about his business. And his family is clued into how the patriarch gets his movie made, according to FandomWire.

Clint Eastwood’s Son Showed Off Fire

Scott Eastwood, Clint’s son, even headed over to Instagram and posted a message. Scott also shared a video that he took in and around the studio area.

“Security told us to evacuate the studio,” Scott Eastwood wrote. “But my 89-year-old father said, ‘No we’re good, There’s work to be done.’ Then we went into the mixing stage and all watched his new movie @richardjewellfilm. As he would say, get back to work and shut up.”

Did this go down as Scott painted the picture for his social media followers? As it turns out, Clint Eastwood had a chance to give his side of the story.

In an appearance on The Ellen Show, Eastwood told host Ellen DeGeneres that he saw smoke coming up from the studio. At first, Eastwood said he thought that the smoke was coming from the studio. He had hopes of getting something out of the fire before it got too bad.

Director Puts Foot Down About Evacuating

But he happened to see that the fire was coming from behind the movie studio. Instead of stopping everything and getting out of there, Eastwood just kept on working.

“So we went on the sound stage and started working and we forgot about it and…everybody said, ‘The studio’s been evacuated!’” Eastwood told DeGeneres. “And I said, ‘We’re not evacuated, we’re here working!’”

Eastwood is busy working on what probably will be his final movie as a director. He reportedly has plans to release Juror No. 2 later in 2024. Actors and actresses who work with him find out this bit of business real quick. Eastwood likes to keep things moving on his sets.

If he can, then he will use one take on a shot. Eastwood recognizes that this always cannot happen. But he does strive to make this the rule and not the exception.