Legendary actor Clint Eastwood revealed in a recent interview that he almost ended up playing Superman and James Bond at one point in his career! Could you imagine how awesome it would have been to see Eastwood in either one of these roles! Sure he may not have really fit the parts, but just to see how he would portray these characters would be cool to see!
He explains in the interview why he turned down the roles and also lets us know what his favorite comic book character was when he was a kid.
When asked about the role of Superman he said,
Thank God that I didn't have to do that. I can remember – and this was many years ago – when Warner Bros. President Frank Wells came to me about doing Superman. So it could have happened. This was when they first started to think about making it. I was like, 'Superman? Nah, nah, that's not for me.' Not that there's anything wrong with it. It's for somebody, but not me.
As you all know the role eventually went to Christopher Reeve who did an incredible job playing the man of steel. He went on to describe what happened with James Bond and why he turned it down.
I was also offered pretty good money to do James Bond if I would take on the role. This was after Sean Connery left. My lawyer represented the Broccolis and he came and said, ‘They would love to have you.’ But to me, well, that was somebody else’s gig. That’s Sean’s deal. It didn’t feel right for me to be doing it.
It would have been so weird and fascinating to see Eastwood in these roles, but honestly I think he made the right decision in turning down the offers. These movies ended up pretty pretty awesome without him. Plus, I can't imagine him doing a English accent or wearing tights at all. As far as who his favorite comic book character as a kid was, here's what he had to say,
The Sub-Mariner, that’s the one I always liked. I had all of those comics when I was a kid.
I would have never guessed that one! Who likes The Sub-Mariner?