Clint Eastwood, 93, Sports Rare White Beard As He Films Nicholas Hoult And Toni Collette On Georgia Set Of Juror No. 2, Which May Be The Iconic Filmmaker’S ‘Final Movie’

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When Clint Eastwood was seen filming Juror No. 2, his next movie, on Tuesday in Savannah, Georgia, he demonstrated that he isn’t ready to slow down just yet. Filming a scene for the courtroom thriller starring his stars Toni Collette, 51, and Nicholas Hoult, 33, was the 93-year-old actor-turned-director. The Hollywood Reporter described the project as an attempt to find “one last project in order to be able to ride off into the sunset with his head held high.” Although neither Eastwood nor Juror No. 2’s studio Warner Bros. have stated that they plan to retire after finishing it, the project has been dubbed the filmmaker’s “final film.”

Eastwood was previously seen on set with Hoult in June, after the writer’s strike had started but just before his cast had to stop working due to the recently wrapped actor’s strike.

At the time, photos from Savannah station WSAV show the director with the clean-shaven look he has mostly displayed for the past few decades, but he was seen with a surprising bushy white beard while filming on Tuesday.

Eastwood, dressed casually in a black windbreaker and charcoal pants, was spotted conversing with some of his film team. Along with many other celebrities, he wore a pair of cozy black Hoka trainers. The Million Dollar Baby actor had a full white beard and had headphones on over his shaggy white hair.

Having starred in Sergio Leone’s iconic Man with No Name trilogy (A Fistful of Dollar, For A Few Dollars More, and The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly) and later Westerns like High Plains Drifter, The Outlaw Josey Wales, and Pale Rider, Eastwood is no stranger to facial hair.

However, he has mostly been clean-shaven in his film roles and public appearances from the last few decades. Clint appears to have grown his mane while waiting out the dual writers and actors strikes, the latter of which ended earlier this month. Despite his advanced age, he appeared totally engaged as he set up a shot with his crew.

He looked particularly intrigued while watching footage from the shoot next to his longtime camera operator Stephen Campanelli, who first began working with him on 1995’s romance classic The Bridges Of Madison County.

Nicholas Hoult, Eastwood’s leading man, arrived on set. The X-Men actor wore khaki pants and a brown leather belt with a black sport coat and a light gray T-shirt underneath for his outfit. He wore brown leather shoes and had his dark hair parted on the side. Hoult portrays a juror in a murder trial who becomes aware that, rather than the accused, he might have been the one to kill the deceased in a car accident due to irresponsible driving.

As his guilt eats away at him, he tries to steer his fellow jury members away from convicting the man while attempting not to incriminate himself in front of the prosecutor, played by Toni Collette. Video obtained by DailyMail.com shows Hoult’s character sitting on a park bench, presumably near the courthouse, when Collette’s prosecutor approaches and takes a seat next to him.

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The Australian actress looked ready for business in a gray skirt and matching suit coat. Toni stayed cozy on the chilly, overcast day with a pair of brown Ugg boots, though it’s not clear if her character was meant to wear them or if her feet were conveniently out of frame. In addition to Hoult and Collette, Juror No. 2 also stars Zoey Deutch, Kiefer Sutherland, Chris Messina and Leslie Bibb.

Juror No. 2 marks Eastwood’s 40th film as director (41st if including 1984’s Tightrope, which he is said to have directed without credit after clashing with its original director).

His previous film was neo-Western drama Cry Lonesome, which he also starred in.

The film was judged to be a step down from his previous movie, the acclaimed biographical drama Richard Jewell, the security guard of the same name who saved countless lives when he discovered a bomb at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta and managed to evacuate much of the nearby crowd.

Jewell was first thought to be a suspect before his name was cleared, yet the explosion nevertheless claimed one life and injured 100 more. Midway through the 1950s, Eastwood made his acting debut in a number of tiny, frequently uncredited roles in films and television shows before becoming well-known for his role as a series regular on Rawhide.

When it appeared that his television career had come to an end, Eastwood went to Spain and Italy to work with Italian director Sergio Leone on three highly successful Spaghetti Westerns. High-profile Westerns and thrillers were produced in the US as a result of the Dollars trilogy’s success, including one of his best-known films, Dirty Harry (1971), which was helmed by Don Siegel, one of his teachers.

The same year that he played the quick-shooting detective, Eastwood made his directorial debut with the psychological thriller Play Misty For Me, and ever since then he has directed approximately one film per year. He’s none for usually shooting quickly and economically, with most of his scenes only requiring one or two takes to satisfy him, and Juror No. 2 is likely to follow that same breakneck pace.

Eastwood had a larger than usual break between his current film and his last, Cry Macho, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. That film may have also suffered at the box office due to its release in September 2021.

The movie was given a simultaneous 31-day release on HBO Max, as well as in theaters, which likely encouraged some viewers to stay home and watch the movie for free.

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