Eastwood’s secret to long-term success is simple: do it your way. As he told Esquire in 2016“[Unforgiven] was a turning point, and I knew it when I read the story. I believe in my gut. Most people wise up to their instincts, but when you feel something, you have to move on. “
But while “Unforgiven” serves as a bridge to the next phase of his career, Eastwood has adopted this visceral approach since the ’60s.
“‘A Fistful of Dollars’ was a great instinct for me, because I was here, a guy doing ‘Rawhide.’ I was sitting in the saddle every day playing screwball, and then someone came along and said, “How would you like to go to Italy and Spain and make an Italian/Spanish/German movie with a Italian director directing only one movie? ‘ It’s not like I went there to see with Fellini. But something was there, and I thought, ‘Wow, I love this story when it’s told by Akira Kurosawa; maybe this is a good idea.’ It was an instinctive moment. “
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