Clint Eastwood’s Decision Not to Retire Makes My Day

At age 78 he feels lucky to keep getting roles and plans to keep directing

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In his latest movie, Gran Torino, Clint Eastwood plays a retired Detroit autoworker. But off camera, Eastwood, 78, has no plans to slow down. The tough guy plans to keep acting his age if the parts are available. Eastwood told the New York Times:

“It’s ridiculous when you won’t play your own age. You know when you’re young and you see a play in high school, and the guys all have gray in their hair and they’re trying to be old men and they have no idea what that’s like? It’s just that stupid the other way around."

Gran Torino is the 29th full-length movie Eastwood has directed and he wouldn’t mind directing more. Eastwood continued:

“Somebody asked what I’d do next, and I said I didn’t know how many roles there are for 78-year-old guys. There’s nothing wrong with coming in to play the butler. But unless there’s a hurdle to get over, I’d rather just stay behind the camera.”