Venkman here with you first look at Clint Eastwoods next movie 'Gran Tarino'. It amazing how fast this movie is going to pop up in theaters. 3 months after 'Changeling'. These new photos come from usatoday. Eastwood sure does look angry, this is the most angry I have seen him since on a poster since 'The Outlaw Josey Wales'! Here is what he says:
"Well, I'm older now. It's easier to look angrier when you're an old guy," Eastwood, 78, says with a laugh.
Ain't that the truth. I have heard this film will be a major oscar contender. I think Eastwood does his best work on his fast made low budget films. Look at 'Letters of Iwo Jima' is was a much better far superior film that 'Flags of our Fathers'. I honestly think 'Gran Torino' is going to be much better than 'Changeling'.
USAToday and Eastwood talk about the story:
His Gran Torino character is Walt Kowalski, a racist Korean War veteran whose prized possession is a classic car that catches the eye of local gangs in his Detroit neighborhood. One of the troubled kids who covets the vehicle is from a family of Hmong immigrant neighbors, whom Kowalski has long resented.
The story comes down to two objects (three if you count the scowl): his 1972 Ford muscle car and his M-1 rifle.
"That's the weapon he has had left over since being in the service," Eastwood says. "And the same weapon I had when I was in the Army."
Eastwood also served during the Korean War, and though he wasn't in combat, he says: "I still know how to operate it. Field strip it ..."
"The young kid, as part of a gang initiation, tries to steal it, and the old guy gets him at the end of the M-1, which becomes kind of a big deal," Eastwood says. "The kid has to do penance because of the pride of the Asian group. They make him do penance. He has to come over, and the old guy doesn't want anything to do with him, doesn't want him anywhere around."
The fastest way to rid himself of the boy, Kowalski decides, is to cooperate.
"Walt helps him get a job and helps him toughen up a bit," Eastwood says. "(Walt) doesn't work construction. He's retired. But he gets the boy in through a buddy, an old crony. They take him in and try to show him how to handle himself in life."
"The old guy," as Eastwood calls his character, ends up confronting prejudices that have isolated him.
"It's got a lot of twists and turns in the story," indicating some darker moments. "It also has some good laughs."
This movie sounds like it going to be really good. I can't wait to see it.