The Straits Times
Published on Sep 22, 2012

At 82, relaxed Clint throws another curveball


LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Clint Eastwood made headlines with his off-the-cuff Republican convention speech - and defies expectations again with his latest film, returning to the screen as an actor at the age of 82.

The Hollywood icon and Dirty Harry star, who plays an ageing baseball scout in Trouble With The Curve, has long focused on directing, and even announced his retirement from acting after starring in the 2008 film Grand Torino. But he said he felt comfortable being directed by long-time producer and collaborator Robert Lorenz in the movie, which co-star Amy Adams.

Lorenz "did a terrific job. He was making noises about wanting to direct for some years," Eastwood told reporters Beverly Hills, presenting his latest movie which opens this weekend in the United States (US).

Eastwood is one of Hollywood's most respected actors, adored by generations of fans since he starred in the 1960s TV series Rawhide, through Westerns like A Fistful of Dollars (1964) to his Make my Day period as Inspector Harry Callahan in the 1970s and 1980s.