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Clint Eastwood: Cameos in Family Reality Show & What Gay Marriage Support?

Clint Eastwood J. Edgar Leonardo DiCaprio Dustin Lance Black: Critical and box office dudClint Eastwood on the J. Edgar set with star Leonardo DiCaprio (as longtime FBI director J. Edgar Hoover) and screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Best Original Screenplay for Milk, 2008). One of the great cinematic hopes of 2011, J. Edgar has turned out to be a dud with both critics – 50 percent approval rating and 6.5 average among Rotten Tomatoes' top critics – and U.S. audiences. Oscar chances are slim, except perhaps for Leonardo DiCaprio, who may land a Best Actor nomination. Also in the extensive J. Edgar cast: this year's Best Supporting Actor SAG Award nominee Armie Hammer, as Associate Director of the FBI and Hoover's BFF Clyde Tolson; Best Actress Oscar nominee Naomi Watts (21 Grams, 2003), as Hoover's secretary Helen Gandy; and Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner Judi Dench (Shakespeare in Love, 1998), as Hoover's mother Anna Marie.

Clint Eastwood family reality show & gay marriage views

After a couple of Best Director Academy Awards, Clint Eastwood has apparently decided his next goal in life is to be named one of Barbara Walters' “most fascinating” personalities of the year. Hence, as per various online reports, Eastwood may make cameo appearances on a reality TV show starring his wife, Dina Eastwood, and two of his daughters, Francesca and Morgan.

It gets better: the Eastwood show, intended to air on the E! network, is being engendered by the makers of that “most fascinating” circus, Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

Eastwood's two Best Director Oscars were for the Western Unforgiven (1992) and the boxing melodrama Million Dollar Baby (2004). Both films also won Best Picture.

Trio of box office disappointments

The Eastwood family reality show may turn out to be a TV ratings bonanza, but on the big screen the filmmaker hasn't been all that lucky in the last three years.

In addition to bringing in disappointing returns at the domestic box office, the rugby/political drama Invictus (2009), starring Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman, and the supernatural/psychological drama Hereafter (2010), featuring Damon and Bryce Dallas Howard as part of an ensemble cast, were both bypassed in the Academy Awards' Best Director and Best Picture categories. (Damon and Freeman were shortlisted for Invictus; Hereafter got one nod for Best Visual Effects.)

Moreover, Eastwood's latest, the J. Edgar Hoover biopic J. Edgar, starring SAG Award and Golden Globe nominee Leonardo DiCaprio, has little chance of earning him a Best Director nomination following a series of mediocre reviews and tepid box office grosses.

Although a Best Picture nod remains possible – the category can include up to ten films – that is not likely to happen.

Gay J. Edgar Hoover vs. right-wingers

Ironically, prior to the release of J. Edgar Clint Eastwood received quite a bit of criticism from his fellow “conservatives” – those, that is, who revere the unscrupulous lord of the FBI, who ruled over his fiefdom from 1924 (up to 1935 known as the Bureau of Investigation) to his death of a heart attack in 1972.

Written by openly gay Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black (Best Original Screenplay for Milk, 2008), J. Edgar shows Hoover (Leonardo DiCaprio) having an intimate relationship with his right-hand man – and, by some accounts, lover – Clyde Tolson (Best Supporting Actor SAG Award nominee Armie Hammer).

But despite the gay-curious J. Edgar and the filmmaker's public declarations of what some have mistakenly understood as support for gay marriage, Eastwood's reactionary credentials remain intact.

Clint Eastwood support for gay marriage?

Here's Clint Eastwood's widely disseminated GQ quote on same-sex marriage:[1]

“These people who are making a big deal about gay marriage? I don't give a fuck about who wants to get married to anybody else! Why not?! We're making a big deal out of things we shouldn't be making a deal out of. They go on and on with all this bullshit about 'sanctity' – don't give me that sanctity crap! Just give everybody the chance to have the life they want.”

Those who have chosen to interpret Eastwood's anti-“sanctity of marriage” rant as support for same-sex marriage are apparently unaware that in the real world there is a major difference between supporting the rights of gays to get married and not giving a fuck either way.

In fact, just recently Clint Eastwood openly declared his enthusiasm for a trio of hardcore Republicans:

  • Herman Cain (“I love Cain's story. He's a guy who came from nowhere and did well, obviously against heavy odds. He's a doer and a straight-talker”).
  • Chris Christie (“I'm a Chris Christie fan, but that didn't work out”).
  • Newt Gingrich (“I think Newt Gingrich is still the smartest guy in the room”).

All three of them have come out (no pun intended) strongly against gay marriage.

Clint Eastwood Sondra Locke The Gauntlet: Prior to ugly split seen in 6 movies togetherClint Eastwood and Sondra Locke in The Gauntlet. Prior to their ugly split in the late 1980s, Clint Eastwood and Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee Sondra Locke (The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, 1968) were seen together in six movies from 1976 to 1983. Although these were male-centered, action star vehicles for Eastwood, Sudden Impact (1983) did provide Locke with a potentially meaty role – unfortunately in what amounted to a low-level, simple-minded revenge thriller. Of the six Eastwood-Locke collaborations, the Western The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) – based on a novel by former Ku Klux Klan leader Asa Earl Carter (as Forrest Carter) – is the one that received the most enthusiastic reviews. Eastwood himself directed it, along with The Gauntlet (1977), Bronco Billy (1980), and Sudden Impact. The other two Eastwood-Locke collaborations, Every Which Way But Loose (1978) and Any Which Way You Can (1980), were directed by, respectively, James Fargo and Buddy Van Horn.

Clint Eastwood & Sondra Locke

In-between his two marriages (and a number of reported extramarital affairs), from the mid-1970s to the late 1980s Clint Eastwood was in a 14-year relationship with actress Sondra Locke – married since 1967 to a reportedly gay buddy, sculptor Gordon Leigh Anderson.

A Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee for Robert Ellis Miller's moving sociopsychological drama The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968), Locke was Eastwood's leading lady in six movies, most notably two directed by Eastwood himself:

  • The Western The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976), which offers a sympathetic portrayal of a Confederate fighter. The film was based on a novel by former Ku Klux Klan leader Asa Earl Carter (as Forrest Carter).
  • The populist revenge thriller Sudden Impact (1983), with Locke as a rape victim turned Dirty Harriet.

The Clint Eastwood-Sondra Locke relationship ended in a nasty, tabloid-friendly uproar after it was revealed that Eastwood had secretly fathered two children with another woman in the late '80s.

'The Unfightable One'

More ugly battles ensued in the mid-1990s, when Locke accused Eastwood of using his power at his longtime studio Warner Bros. to sabotage her movie projects.

The case was ultimately settled out of court for an undisclosed sum, with Locke telling the media that the outcome had sent a “loud and clear” message to Hollywood “that people cannot get away with whatever they want to, just because they're powerful.”

Throughout the trial, she had referred to Clint Eastwood as “The Unfightable One.”

Locke wrote about her experiences in the 1997 tell-all autobiography The Good, the Bad, and the Very Ugly – A Hollywood Journey.

Arthur Lubin: gay director gave Clint Eastwood 1st big chance + made him look shockingly human in comedy WesternArthur Lubin. Initially a minor actor during the silent era (Bardelys the Magnificent, Afraid to Love), Arthur Lubin (1898–1995) made his directorial debut in 1934, handling the low-budget comedy A Successful Failure for the Poverty Row studio Monogram. Another 60-odd features would follow; since 1936 at Universal Pictures, where Lubin was to remain a reliable and versatile – if modest – talent well into the 1950s. Among his Universal movies were the Abbott and Costello comedy blockbuster Buck Privates (1941); the Technicolor slice of exotica White Savage (1943), featuring Maria Montez, Jon Hall, Sabu, and Turhan Bey; and the film noir Impact (1949), with Brian Donlevy and Ella Raines. Besides, Lubin directed former gas station worker Clint Eastwood in four films of the mid-1950s, most notably in the surprisingly entertaining The First Traveling Saleslady (1956), a pro-women's rights comedy starring Ginger Rogers and Barry Nelson, and in which Eastwood, looking shockingly human, is Carol Channing's handsome sex interest. Lubin's best-known effort, however, is not one of his features. That honor belongs to the Lubin-directed and -produced television series Mister Ed (1961–1966), clearly inspired by Universal's Francis the Talking Mule movies of the 1950s (themselves based/inspired on David Stern's novel) – e.g., Francis, Francis Covers the Big Town, Francis Joins the WACS – which Lubin himself directed with Donald O'Connor as the nominal lead. Alan Young and the titular talking horse were Mister Ed's stars; Clint Eastwood made a guest appearance as himself in a 1962 episode. And finally, Lubin also directed Eastwood in a 1959 episode of the Western hit series Maverick, starring James Garner and Jack Kelly.

Clint Eastwood & gay director Arthur Lubin

[1] Also worth noting is that Clint Eastwood got his first big break in Hollywood thanks to gay filmmaker Arthur Lubin, who put the former gas station attendant – “so tall and slim and very handsome looking” – under personal contract.

Lubin, then in his mid-50s and in the business (initially as an actor) since the mid-1920s, directed the young newcomer in Francis in the Navy* (1955); Lady Godiva of Coventry (1955), starring Maureen O'Hara and (gay actor) George Nader; The First Traveling Saleslady (1956), in which a youthful and surprisingly affable Eastwood is Carol Channing's lust interest; and Escapade in Japan (1957), featuring Teresa Wright and Cameron Mitchell, and with Eastwood in a brief role as a pilot.

* Its titular character, Francis the Talking Mule, later evolved into the star of the early 1960s television series Mister Ed, directed and produced by Arthur Lubin.

 

Clint Eastwood quotes re: trio of Republicans via the Los Angeles Times and Politico.

Arthur Lubin quote: Patrick McGilligan's 1999 Clint Eastwood biography Clint: The Life and Legend.

 

Clint Eastwood, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Dustin Lance Black J. Edgar image: Warner Bros.

Sondra Locke and Clint Eastwood The Gauntlet image: Warner Bros.


         
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2 Comments to Clint Eastwood: Cameos in Family Reality Show & What Gay Marriage Support?

  1. Lo Pao

    Hi. I am Lo Pao. I am currently writing a movie and would like to contact Clint Eastwood. I would like for Clint Eastwood to take a look at my movie story to see if he is interest. Does anybody have his email or his contact number? I would appreciated if you can email to let me know. Thanks!

  2. Amy

    Eastwood has had a very messy personal life. I enjoy most of his movies though.