Clint eastwoodHe is a true living legend of the cinema, both for his filmmaking prowess and for his histrionic talent in his films. A combination that has resulted in more than 60 years of experience, great classics and truly memorable characters.
Although he has considered retirement for a few years, he always ends up coming back because cinema “allows you to think about what you would do or how you would feel about something in real life.” So he thinks that ‘I will probably continue. I feel good, but it depends on the material. I must think if it has validity and relation with the present time » [vía].
Although he has reaped great results as an actor and director, we temporarily forget his filmmaking work to remember the best characters played by Clint Eastwood:convicts, outlaws or police officers, which is your favorite?
Robert Kincaid (The Bridges of Madison, 1995)
Clint Eastwood’s films are usually characterized by their rudeness, but the truth is that they also have a sentimental side. The best exponent is Robert Kincaid from The Bridges of Madison, a professional photographer who lives a very brief, but very intense love relationship with Francesca Johnson, a married woman with a family and who considers leaving everything to follow him around the world. It did not garner great prizes, but it is often remembered as the film that united two of the greatest legends of the film industry on screen: Meryl Streep and Eastwood himself.
Frank Morris (Escape from Alcatraz, 1979)
Alcatraz was known as the safest prison in the world, until several inmates exhibited their weaknesses with seemingly impossible escapes. Such was the case with Frank Morris, an inmate who took advantage of his elevated intellect to develop a relatively simple plan that included a tunnel in the wall and a papier-mâché doll for his cell, with which no one would notice his absence and would have enough time to leave the property. The escape generated shock, admiration and many rumors of apparent sightings.
It didn’t take long for the story to be moved to the cinema in The escape from Alcatraz. The famous criminal is played by Clint Eastwood, who temporarily forgets the depth that characterizes many of his characters to concentrate fully on the action. And boy did he do it! One of the most popular films of its time and a must-have classic for all lovers of the genre.
Walt Kowalski (Gran Torino, 2008)
Some of Clint Eastwood’s most memorable characters are characterized by the eternal quest for justice, but none did so in such a unique way as Walt Kowalski. It is about a veteran of the Korean War who starts the story as a severe detractor of the Asians. Until an eventful encounter makes him a fierce defender of his integrity. Although some accuse him of being excessively comical, the old soldier was largely applauded for showing that xenophobia can be eradicated with the suppression of prejudices and the approach to other cultures. Not satisfied with this, Kowalski also represents a curious evolution of the cinematic vigilante that Clint Eastwood embodied so many times in his films. The new hero cannot solve problems alone and requires the support of an entire community to complete his mission.
John ‘McBee’ McBurney (The Seducer, 1971)
Almost 45 years before Sofia Coppola directed The Seducer, Don Siegel made his own adaptation of the Thomas P. Cullinan novel with Clint Eastwood as its star actor. The film was not a huge box office success, but this does not detract from what many consider one of the actor’s most challenging roles. Who considered it the perfect opportunity to play characters beyond the western. The Californian delivered by capturing the desire, nervousness and hatred of a captive Unionist soldier in a Confederate house inhabited by seven women who don’t really know what to do with him. What results in a great film of violence and revenge.
Frankie Dunn (Fate Strikes, 2004)
Clint Eastwood’s best years were said to be behind him, until the veteran proved otherwise with Million Dollar Baby. The actor plays an old boxing trainer named Frankie Dunn, who decides to risk it all by training a highly skilled amateur boxer. The result is bittersweet, as the pair savor the honeys of success, then face the worst of losses. The film garnered all kinds of accolades, including the Oscar for Best Picture and Director for Eastwood himself. It also generated harsh criticism for its tragic outcome, which for many must have turned out differently. The legendary creative silenced everyone by ensuring that he had only captured a true reflection of the American dream.
Josey Wales (The Fugitive Josey Wales, 1976)
Josey Wales is not the most popular character in Clint Eastwood, but he is one of the most critically acclaimed. This good answer was due to the complexity of his story: a southern farmer completely oblivious to the Civil War until unionist troops assassinate his family. Which leads him to enlist on the side of the Confederates in search of revenge. Once the conflict is over, the character rejects forgiveness and decides to keep his oath with the guerrillas who are still fighting against the Northerners. The alliances of the central character have caused some to point out to him as a racist, when the truth is that Eastwood was always very careful to avoid erroneous messages. For his true intention was to show that a man afflicted with pain lives in perpetual war regardless of the peace that apparently surrounds him.
Red Garnett (A Perfect World, 1993)
Clint Eastwood often starred in his films or handed over responsibility to other talented actors. Nevertheless, A perfect world it was one of the few exceptions in which he leaned toward a minor character. Although no less fascinating for that. The film deftly explores the journey of a recurring criminal who takes a young boy hostage, with whom he later establishes an emotional father / son relationship. For his part, Eastwood plays an agent willing to do anything to stop him. Not just for complying with the law, but because he believes the capture will make up for an old mistake he made with the offender when he was just a teenager. A moving story with which the actor showed that his histrionic qualities allow him to shine in any role.
Bill Munny (The Unforgivables, 1992)
Clint Eastwood was the last great exponent of the western and it is not surprising that it was precisely he who embodied the last great character of the genre. It is about Bill Munny, a redeemed criminal who decides to take up arms again in search of a reward that guarantees a better future for his family. But things have changed a lot since his last battle and who once ranked among the most dangerous criminals of his time. Now it is the only hope of a group of afflicted women who live in a town indifferent to the justice they face. A revisionist film that shook the foundations of its genre to offer a less romantic vision of the old west, but also more accurate of the American Union from which it is inspired. Not surprisingly, the film was awarded four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Director for Eastwood himself.
The Man with No Name (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, 1966)
Clint Eastwood understands the western like few others, which has allowed him to approach it naturally and experiment with its most prominent symbolic elements in order to reach new audiences with his films. The best example is Sergio Leone’s Dollars trilogy. Key work of the spaghetti western and where he not only played the mythical Man Without a Name, but was decisive in its construction by using his own wardrobe to provide it with some of its most characteristic elements. The poncho, the hat, the boots and even his cigarettes. The final touch was the almost absolute silence, a psychological weapon against his adversaries and that ended up conquering the public.
Although his first appearance was with For a Handful of Dollars (1964), his brightest moment came with The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966). Where the character establishes a dangerous alliance with which he intends to make a fortune hidden in a cemetery. Ironically, the gunman was conceived for the then Rory Calhoun, an old western star whose payment was unaffordable for the production. For this reason, Eastwood often remembers with a laugh that his incorporation was due to the fact that he was much cheaper to hire. Currently it is impossible to imagine anyone other than him on paper.
Harry Callahan (Dirty Harry, 1971)
The violence of the 60s and 70s was central to the conception and acceptance of what many consider to be the most endearing character in Clint Eastwood’s filmography. This is Agent Harry Callahan, better known as Dirty Harry for his aggressive, challenging and unorthodox methods, but extremely effective in containing the growing threats emerging from an increasingly hostile world. As proof, just remember the phrase with which he subdued a criminal and conquered a whole generation of fans: «I know what you’re thinking. ‘Did I fire 6 bullets or just 5?’ The truth is that in emotion I too have lost count.
But with this being a .44 Magnum, the most powerful revolver in the world capable of blowing your brains out, you should ask yourself a question: ‘Am I feeling lucky?’ Harry was back in four sequels over nearly 20 years. What consolidated him among the most beloved characters of the legendary American actor, only behind what many consider the greatest histrionic achievement of his entire career.
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