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Clint Eastwood as Superman and James Bond?? Once upon a time, it could've happened!

09.08.2010
The Los Angeles Times recently sat down to talk to Clint Eastwood about his latest directorial effort HEREAFTER, which is due out later next month. In that interview, the big screen legend revealed that back in the day he was sought after to play the iconic roles of... The Man of Steel and 007?

It's true! Here's Eastwood on both roles and his decision to turn them down at the time:

"I can remember Ė and this was many years ago Ė when [Warner Bros. President] Frank Wells came to me about doing Superman. So it could have happened. This was when they first started to think about making it. I was like, ĎSuperman? Nah, nah, thatís not for me.í Not that thereís anything wrong with it. Itís for somebody, but not me."

"I was also offered pretty good money to do James Bond if I would take on the role. This was after Sean Connery left. My lawyer represented the Broccolis,Ē who produce the Bond franchise, ďand he came and said, ĎThey would love to have you.í But to me, well, that was somebody elseís gig. Thatís Seanís deal. It didnít feel right for me to be doing it."


Ironically enough If you'll recall, Eastwood was the actor that Darren Aronofsky once wanted in the role of Batman in his and Frank Miller's short-lived and pretty out there version of THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS way back when. That obviously never happened (and imagine if it did!). But what superhero might Clint have picked if ever given the chance?

"Hey buddy," Eastwood said with a thumbs-up gesture, "[Namor] the Sub-Mariner, thatís the one I always liked. I had all of those comics when I was a kid."

You can read the rest of the LA Times piece RIGHT HERE.

(Images by Kevin Lingenfelser)
Extra Tidbit: Pretty striking image there of The Man of Steel With No Name.

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12:50AM on 09/10/2010

Wait...Clint reads comics???

Someone outta get him a copy of Old Man Logan stat!!! That's the comic book hero he outta play. Who else is with me?
Hell, there's a lot of good directors out there and if Wolvie 2 doesn't happen, how much you guys want to bet that Marvel will buy back the property?
I guess it's a long shot, but I can dream, right?
Someone outta get him a copy of Old Man Logan stat!!! That's the comic book hero he outta play. Who else is with me?
Hell, there's a lot of good directors out there and if Wolvie 2 doesn't happen, how much you guys want to bet that Marvel will buy back the property?
I guess it's a long shot, but I can dream, right?
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7:41PM on 09/08/2010

"SHAKEN' NOT STIRRED..........PUNK!"

Clint as Batman in THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS would have been AWESOME but as Superman he was right, he was the wrong guy for the role.
Clint as Batman in THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS would have been AWESOME but as Superman he was right, he was the wrong guy for the role.
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5:55PM on 09/08/2010
love this part: "I was like, ĎSuperman? Nah, nah, thatís not for me.í Not that thereís anything wrong with it. Itís for somebody, but not me."
... just gold
love this part: "I was like, ĎSuperman? Nah, nah, thatís not for me.í Not that thereís anything wrong with it. Itís for somebody, but not me."
... just gold
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2:18PM on 09/08/2010
There's still no trailer for Hereafter yet, is there?
There's still no trailer for Hereafter yet, is there?
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1:16PM on 09/08/2010
Ya, I'm with soloist, Clint would have been the best voiced Batman of all time.
Ya, I'm with soloist, Clint would have been the best voiced Batman of all time.
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12:03PM on 09/08/2010
Could have easily seen him as Batman. Superman and James Bond, not so much.

Also, I think Gran Torino is one of the best movies of the last 10 years.
Could have easily seen him as Batman. Superman and James Bond, not so much.

Also, I think Gran Torino is one of the best movies of the last 10 years.
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11:36AM on 09/08/2010

METAL GEAR SOLID

Clint as Big Boss!
Clint as Big Boss!
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10:34AM on 09/08/2010
Good call with the Superman calling, but I gotta' say, Clint would have made for one helluva badass James Bond. I respect what past actors have done for and to the franchise, but to me the only real badass Bond is Daniel Craig. The man looks like he can break a jaw without even trying to. If Eastwood were Bond at one time, I'd have to say it'd be tough for even Craig to top. Eastwood doesn't only bleed "dangerousness", he also has that slick look to him. What a miss.
Good call with the Superman calling, but I gotta' say, Clint would have made for one helluva badass James Bond. I respect what past actors have done for and to the franchise, but to me the only real badass Bond is Daniel Craig. The man looks like he can break a jaw without even trying to. If Eastwood were Bond at one time, I'd have to say it'd be tough for even Craig to top. Eastwood doesn't only bleed "dangerousness", he also has that slick look to him. What a miss.
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9:48AM on 09/08/2010

Not sure about that...

I was under the impression that Aronofsky was working on a Batman: Year One story with Frank Miller, not Dark Knight Returns.
I was under the impression that Aronofsky was working on a Batman: Year One story with Frank Miller, not Dark Knight Returns.
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1:47PM on 09/08/2010
Yeah, you're right. It was the Hughes Brothers that were going for Eastwood in DKR. Joblo doesn't do much fact checking.
Yeah, you're right. It was the Hughes Brothers that were going for Eastwood in DKR. Joblo doesn't do much fact checking.
8:19AM on 09/08/2010
Good man for knowing when a role just wasn't right for him. Eastwood as an old Bruce Wayne would have been very cool. Although in the realm of dream casting, I would pick Gregory Peck as Bruce Wayne (young or old).
Good man for knowing when a role just wasn't right for him. Eastwood as an old Bruce Wayne would have been very cool. Although in the realm of dream casting, I would pick Gregory Peck as Bruce Wayne (young or old).
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8:04AM on 09/08/2010
It would be cool to see him in any of those roles, but wasn't James Bond English? Can Clint do an English accent? Can you see him playing Clark Kent with glasses? I can't. I think he would be awesome as Batman though! He would scare the crap out of me!!
It would be cool to see him in any of those roles, but wasn't James Bond English? Can Clint do an English accent? Can you see him playing Clark Kent with glasses? I can't. I think he would be awesome as Batman though! He would scare the crap out of me!!
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7:52AM on 09/08/2010

I dont care to imagine what he might of been like..

The Superman movies and most Bond movies were successful because the RIGHT actor was cast.. i like to think so anyway.. so i have no desire to think what they might of been like with Clint instead. Although for what it's worth i can't imagine him as Clark either, i think that is because Clark is a fumbling dork and we'd just see "Dirty Harry" and not believe it! Though because of this very reason Bond may have worked!
The Superman movies and most Bond movies were successful because the RIGHT actor was cast.. i like to think so anyway.. so i have no desire to think what they might of been like with Clint instead. Although for what it's worth i can't imagine him as Clark either, i think that is because Clark is a fumbling dork and we'd just see "Dirty Harry" and not believe it! Though because of this very reason Bond may have worked!
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6:24AM on 09/08/2010
I could have been down for sure seeing Clint as James Bond. If only I could go back and change time.
I could have been down for sure seeing Clint as James Bond. If only I could go back and change time.
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6:05AM on 09/08/2010
Eastwood is the man. But he was right though; those roles weren't meant for him. I can't imagine him being Clark Kent but I'd buy him as Jason Bourne more than James Bond. That picture of him as Superman is awesome anyway.
Eastwood is the man. But he was right though; those roles weren't meant for him. I can't imagine him being Clark Kent but I'd buy him as Jason Bourne more than James Bond. That picture of him as Superman is awesome anyway.
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5:56AM on 09/08/2010

Eastwood was wrong for those roles anyway

Can you imagine him playing Clark Kent? No.
He would've been a fantastic Batman though. And Judge Dredd for that matter.
Can you imagine him playing Clark Kent? No.
He would've been a fantastic Batman though. And Judge Dredd for that matter.
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5:51AM on 09/08/2010

Go Eastwood

Either one of those roles can set an actor for life, so fair play to him for admitting it when he didn't feel he was the right guy. That said, I do want to see his Sub-Mariner, if not his DKR Batman.
Either one of those roles can set an actor for life, so fair play to him for admitting it when he didn't feel he was the right guy. That said, I do want to see his Sub-Mariner, if not his DKR Batman.
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