Clint Eastwood's latest film features the Broadway adaptation of the 'Jersey Boys' onto the big screen. The 84 year old actor and director has been known for his movies that spun away from his gunslinger spaghetti western roles that originally made him a famous actor.
This weekend, Clint Eastwood's 33rd film Jersey Boys, will be released in theaters. He's one of American cinema's most prolific directors—those 33 films span just 43 years—he's won a slew of awards, and he's a constant fixture at film festivals like Cannes and Venice.
Though the "Jersey Boys" sensation on Broadway immediately brought interest from Hollywood, earlier adaption attempts flat-lined before Eastwood revived it with Warner Bros.
"I couldn't understand quite why after nine years on Broadway, somebody didn't want to do it," says Eastwood.
Eastwood was featured with several pictures of himself as a younger actor in an interview and asked about his transition from an actor to director in the Hitchcock adaptation of 'Rawhide' TV show.
"Several lifetimes ago," chuckles the 84-year-old director. "Seeing myself in 1959 or '60 or '61 or whenever that episode was done, it was kind of like: Wow. I've travelled a long road since then."
In the interview he was asked about how he is able to transition from being an actor into the directing scene that has kept him going into his 80's without losing any motivation for putting films onto the big screen.
"I just never let the old man in," said Eastwood in a recent interview. "I was always looking for new things to do. I rightfully or wrongly always thought I could do anything."
Eastwood favored a faithful adaptation written by the musical's writers, Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, and cast veterans of the Broadway and touring productions over more famous options. Erich Bergen, who plays songwriter Bob Gaudio, and Lomenda both come from touring shows. Vincent Piazzo of HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" was the lone outsider.
"We knew there was no chance in hell it would be turned into fluff," Young says of hearing that Eastwood would direct "Jersey Boys."
Eastwood also recently finished shooting the Navy SEAL drama "American Sniper," with Bradley Cooper, which he calls "a love story and a military story about a guy who's very talented at shooting people." It's two films in one year for Eastwood in what he notes is his 60th year in movies.
"It's fashionable to pigeonhole everybody," he says. "You're 60, you're a senior. At 60, I felt like I was about 40. At 40, I felt like I was about 18. It's just all mental attitude."