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Today, the only thing Hollywood swears by is space adventures because that's what goes over well. For my part, I trust my instinct and I make the films I believe in. If the public follows me, that's wonderful. If it doesn't follow, "c'est la vie."

CLINT EASTWOOD, Clint Eastwood: Interviews

I don't see myself as conservative, but I'm not ultra-leftist. You build a philosophy of your own. I like the libertarian view, which is to leave everyone alone. Even as a kid, I was annoyed by people who wanted to tell everyone how to live.

CLINT EASTWOOD, interview, Jan. 25, 2004

Extremism is so easy. You’ve got your position, and that’s it. It doesn’t take much thought.

CLINT EASTWOOD, interview, Feb. 20, 2005

I have a small child. Being a parent takes a lot of time. People always ask me, "What movies have you watched lately?" I tell them, "Finding 'Nemo' ... 'Shrek' ..."

CLINT EASTWOOD, interview, Jan. 25, 2004

After directing awhile, you get an instinct about it, but you have to be able to trust your own feelings. Invariably, two-thirds of the way through a film, you say, "Jeezus, is this a pile of crap! What did I ever see in it in the first place?" You have to shut off your brain and forge ahead, because by that time you're getting so brainwashed. Once I commit myself to a film I commit myself to that ending, whatever the motivations and conclusions are.

CLINT EASTWOOD, Clint Eastwood: Interviews

I'm more focused on making a scene seem real as opposed to perfect.

CLINT EASTWOOD, interview, Jan. 25, 2004

Once you finish a film, it doesn’t belong to you anymore — it belongs to the audience to interpret it the way they feel like interpreting.

CLINT EASTWOOD, interview, Feb. 2005

There are two kinds of actors -- one sits in a dressing room waiting for his call and the other gets out into the business and polishes his craft by absorbing everything. I don't know enough, I'll never learn everything I need to learn. When a guy thinks he's already learned it, he can only go backwards.

CLINT EASTWOOD, Clint Eastwood: Interviews

Hollywood seems to succumb to fads. Well, action films do well. Give me violence. Give me a scene where there's a couple of car chases or shooting and stuff like that. They're forgetting the fact that there's a basic structure to a story that is essential to making it really broad and appealing.

CLINT EASTWOOD, Psychology Today, Jan. 1, 1993

Westerns. A period gone by, the pioneer, the loner operating by himself, without benefit of society. It usually has something to do with some sort of vengeance; he takes care of the vengeance himself, doesn't call the police. Like Robin Hood. It's the last masculine frontier. Romantic myth, I guess, though it's hard to think about anything romantic today. In a Western you can think, Jesus, there was a time when man was alone, on horseback, out there where man hasn't spoiled the land yet.

CLINT EASTWOOD, Clint: The Life and Legend

If you approach a film with the feeling that you are going to have some impact on society then you're liable to get carried away with yourself. Alfred Hitchcock once told me, when I was analyzing a lot of things about his pictures, "Clint, you must remember, it's only a movie."

CLINT EASTWOOD, Psychology Today, Jan. 1, 1993

I don't believe in pessimism. If something doesn't come up the way you want, forge ahead. If you think it's going to rain, it will.


You know I've had people come up and ask me to sign their guns. Sign my name on gun handles and holsters and stuff. I've done it once or twice for law enforcement officials, but when people do that -- and there have been quite a few of them lately -- I always tell them no. I don't want to do that. I don't want my name on that and I hope you use this gun, whatever its purpose is, I hope it's used wisely.

CLINT EASTWOOD, Psychology Today, Jan. 1, 1993

I know what you're thinkin', punk. You're thinkin' did he fire six shots or only five? Now to tell you the truth, I've forgotten myself in all this excitement. But bein' this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and it'll blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself a question. Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?!


They say all marriages are made in heaven, but so are thunder and lightning.

CLINT EASTWOOD, attributed, The Quote Books: Seeds of Wisdom on Every Subject

As we grow older, we must discipline ourselves to continue expanding, broadening, learning, keeping out minds active and open.



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