Clint Eastwood may act again in baseball drama -- BREAKING


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“You never know when I’ll be back …”

This is how Clint Eastwood answered my question* recently about whether he planned to act again after 2008’s Gran Torino. That movie was one of his most successful — earning $148 million domestically ($270 worldwide) — largely because audiences wanted to see that iconic face, permanently marked with contempt for punks, on the big screen again.

Before he was an Oscar-winning director, he was a movie star — and fans still want him to be. He may soon oblige them.

The 81-year-old is in talks to star in a baseball drama called Trouble With the Curve, playing a veteran scout with eyesight troubles who talks his daughter into going on the road with him, sources tell EW. (The part of the daughter doesn’t have an actress attached yet.)

The Warner Bros. film may be directed by his longtime producer, Robert Lorenz, who is also in negotiations on the project. It would be Lorenz’s first film as the main director, though he has served as Eastwood’s assistant director on many films, including Space Cowboys, Mystic River and Million Dollar Baby. He started working with the filmmaker as second assistant on 1995’s The Bridges of Madison County and began producing movies for Eastwood’s Malpaso Productions with 2002’s Blood Work.

It would be the first time Eastwood has acted in a movie for a director other than himself in nearly two decades, the last time being Wolfgang Petersen’s In the Line of Fire, released in 1993. Being in front of the camera isn’t as appealing to him as it used to be.

“When I did Million Dollar Baby I thought, ‘Well, this would be a nice one to quit on,’ and then Gran Torino came along,” he told EW in August. “They’re not writing a lot of really great material for guys my age. In lieu of that, I would just prefer to stay behind the camera. But if a great role came along, yeah, I would do that. But actors are like boxers — they stay too long sometimes.”

A lot of moviegoers will be glad to see him go one more round, at the very least. Thank Beyonce, whose pregnancy postponed Eastwood’s plans to direct her in a remake of A Star is Born this winter.

Meanwhile, Eastwood has his latest directorial effort, J. Edgar, with Leonardo DiCaprio as the controversial FBI chief, hitting theaters on Nov. 9.

*(In truth, it wasn’t really my question, but my Uncle Joe’s, who perpetually asks whether Eastwood is going to act again whenever he hears his nephew will be interviewing him. Eastwood’s full response: “You tell Uncle Joe, you never know when I’ll be back …”)

Now at least we all have some idea.

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  • Zoe Levitz

    Good for Clint. The man is timeless!

    • JBL

      We have a thing in this teritory called the Missourah boat ride! I reckon so!

      • RDH

        “Gonna pull those pistols or whistle Dixie?”

  • DeJesus

    He needs to do one more Dirty Harry movie. Harry could be living in retirement, then a killer starts leaving taunting notes on bodies, referring to Harry. He has to come out of retirement for one last case. The last Dirty Harry movie should not be Dead Pool.

    • pie thrower

      Agreed wholeheartedly!!!! I’m with DeJesus. Come on Clint, Make My Day.

    • Tom

      Great idea, but at 81, viewers wouldn’t buy him playing a cop. Just too old.

      • Anthony Breznican

        I’m as big a Dirty Harry fan as anybody, but when I asked him about reprising the character last year, he just shook his head: “It was fun when it was there. But it’s like my line from Unforgiven: ‘I ain’t like that no more.’ ”

      • DeJesus

        “viewers wouldn’t buy him playing a cop. Just too old.”
        That’s why I said he would have to start out the movie in retirement. I know he’s not in the same place as when the originals were made. But a last one could be different, it could be like the Unforgiven of Dirty Harry movies. If you talk to him again jAnthony, bring that up, I’m sure the studio would do it however he wanted.

  • Ranch Mubay

    Sounds like a variation on Honky Tonk Man except in this case his child should be in their 50’s.

    • Nina

      I know! But Clint would never do that—his wife is only in her 40s!

  • MCS

    Gran Torino was such a perfect movie to go out on. I love Clint’s work both as an actor and director, but I want him to go out as an actor on the high that was Gran Torino.

  • Double-Oh Seven

    Clint Eastwood is my all-time favorite actor/movie star. I would welcome the return of the #1 Action star in Hollywood history.

  • D.B.

    The man is a bad a$s. Wether it’s in front of or behind the camera, doesn’t matter. The man is a bad a$s.

  • mike

    He needst to star in the sequel to Welcome To Mooseport.

  • Jay Leno

    Did you hear about this? Clint Eastwood is in talks to star in a new baseball movie. Yeah, that’s right. He’s going to play the glove. (Polite applause is heard.)

    • Z

      hahaha!!! nice!

    • Ed

      HA! You are correct sir!

  • Ben

    I tend to agree with MCS; As much as I would like to see Clint Eastwood act in another movie, his work in Gran Torino was so great, it would be difficult to find another role that could improve on that one. Directing a movie behind the camera is one thing, acting in a movie in front of the lens, is another. “The camera does not blink” and Gran Torino was such a wonderful film. That would be a great film to “ride into the sunset” as far as acting is concerned.

  • Lorie

    I would love to see Clint Eastwood star in another movie. I don’t care what the plot it; I’ll watch him in any movie.
    I don’t know why, but when I read that the daughter’s role hasn’t been cast yet, I instantly thought of Laura Linney.

    • Pete

      Absolute Power (1997)?

  • huangzhenwei

    Gran Torino was such a perfect movie to go out on. I love Clint’s work both as an actor and director, but I want him to go out as an actor on the high that was Gran Torino.

  • Sharon O

    I have seen stills of DiCaprio as Hoover… it looks intense as h*ll!! I hope it will finally be his turn with Oscar — he never fails to give great performances.

  • taylor

    Eastwood is a true cinema legend, one of the few still living today. I would love to see him direct and star in another western.

  • amy

    I’d like to see Eastwood work with Johnny Depp!! YES!!!!

  • Moll

    That has most certainally made my day, he may be more than 40years my senior but I’m still in love with him. Would watch him watching paint dry!!!

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