Clint Eastwood Interview – Sully – “The reason life is enjoyable for me is that I learn something new every day about myself”


At 86 years old, veteran film-maker and four-time Oscar winner Clint Eastwood has worked with every big name in Hollywood: Leonardo DiCaprio, Charlize Theron, Angelina Jolie, Matt Damon, Bradley Cooper, the list goes on . . . even directing Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman, Tim Robbins and Sean Penn to their own Oscars.


Q: You have achieved such creative freedom as a filmmaker and you appear to be less bound by narrative structures than you were early on and more willing to explore different kinds of creative avenues. It’s hard to even imagine that your films like Hereafter, Mystic River and Changeling were even made by the same person. How have you reached this creative place?

Clint: It’s just time and time goes on. Maybe it’s because I’m spending more time behind the camera and not so concerned with film projects that demand my presence so I’m relieved of that, so I can go ahead and worry about what everybody else is doing. It’s just a matter of growing up. You never stop growing up. If you do, then it’s not going to be an enjoyable part of your life. The reason life is enjoyable for me is that I learn something new every day about myself. Hopefully. Watching other people perform is very exciting for me.

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