Clint Eastwood: End of a careeraoût 5, 2007
Clint Eastwood seems to have quietly retired from acting, according to an Entertainment Weekly interview with Paul Haggis, the director and screenwriter of the Oscar-winning « Crash ».
In the interview, Haggis says he approached Eastwood for the lead in « In the Valley of Elah », a role which subsequently went to Tommy Lee Jones. Eastwood turned Haggis down, stating « I was in retirement, I came out of it to do « Million Dollar Baby ». I don’t think I can go out better, do you? »
This marks a retirement trend for actors of his generation, with the recent news that Paul Newman and Sean Connery have also given up their day jobs.
But Eastwood fans need not despair: he will continue to direct. After « Million Dollar Baby », he of course went on to make two movies about the Battle of Iwo Jima, and has a project called « The Changeling » in the works starring Angelina Jolie.