Joan Collins wrote:But he's really not a talented actor in terms of range, is he?
I mean, he basically plays the same guy in all of his movies. And he speaks in a monotone.
Y'know, I think range is something that is not necessarily the be-all and end all of movie acting. Perhaps it should be for the stage, or something- I dunno, I'm not an actor. But what Eastwood has is screen presence
, and in movies, that is the key currency for a leading man. Most of the major actors who fulfill the same sorts of roles - John Wayne, Steve McQueen, et al - aren't necessarily known as having a wide range in terms of technique. But they all had screen presence in spades. So does Eastwood, and that's what makes him watchable.
My Favourite Eastwood Western is Outlaw Josey Wales
just because there are so many things going on character-wise. He's an efficient killer, but also a grieving widower and father. You're rooting for him to kick ass, but you're also pulled in by the pathos and hope that he can get back to a place of peace in his life. It makes for a great viewing experience
Favourite Eastwood cop movie - the aforementioned The Gauntlet
, which is kind of like a hard-boiled novel without all of the noirish trappings; a guy with a strict moral code in a world that's basically corrupt and wants to kill him because he isn't. Also, his character is deeply flawed. He's not a superhero like Dirty Harry. Despite his forthright stance, there are all kinds of insecurities that begin to emerge as the film goes on - the fact that he knows he's viewed as a fuck-up by his colleagues, and that he's trying to prove to himself that he isn't by taking on the assignment he knows may well lead to his death. It's fascinating.
Favourite Eastwood guilty pleasure - The Rookie
, a fantastically over-the-top movie on nearly every front. And Raul Julia is a great villian.