Clint Eastwood Announced He Had No Plans To Stop Despite Being 75 At The Time Of His Best Directors Oscars Speech For 2004 Movie

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There are numerous reasons why Eastwood is a cultural icon. In addition to performing, he can produce and direct. He has contributed significantly to the Hollywood industry for more than 60 years and made some of the most recognizable movies ever. Throughout his career, he has also received numerous honors and recognitions; the Academy Awards, the Golden Globe, and numerous more honors are just a few.

In fact, the 75-year-old director declared in public that he is still a child and has a long, long way to go when he won another Academy Award for Million Dollar Baby, adding to his illustrious collection of Oscars, nearly two decades ago!

Clint Eastwood Had No Intention To Stop Even At 75

This goes back to 2005 when the legendary actor cum filmmaker Clint Eastwood won his second Oscar on the same night for the film for Best Director: Million Dollar Baby. Back then the late director Sidney Lumet was still alive, so he took inspiration from him to continue his career despite being 75 at the time. During his acceptance speech for the award at the 2005 Oscars, the Mystic River director said:

I’m at a loss for words at the moment. Warren, though, you were correct. And I want to thank you for your assurance earlier this evening. I’m merely fortunate to be here. Fortunate to still be employed. And after watching the 80-year-old Sidney Lumet, I thought, “I’m just a kid.” I’ll simply say that I still have a lot of work to do. Thus, I sincerely thank each and every one of you. I’m grateful.

Even though the late great filmmaker Sidney Lumet is no longer with us (may his soul rest in peace), the person who continued to pursue her dreams after receiving inspiration from him is still alive and well. Naturally, his admirers wish that he keeps up this behavior for an extremely long period!

Warner Bros. Initially Rejected Million Dollar Baby (2004)

Warner Bros. first rejected Million Dollar Baby because they didn’t see the film’s full potential, despite the fact that it let Clint Eastwood realize how far he still had to go in the entertainment world and added another award to his collection.

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In an interview, the filmmaker revealed the following (via The Clint Eastwood Archive):

“I liked the Million Dollar Baby script a lot,” he said. “Warner Bros. said the project had been submitted to them and they’d passed on it. I said, ‘But I like it.’ They said, ‘Well, it’s a boxing movie.’ And I said, ‘It’s not a boxing movie in my opinion. It’s a father-daughter love story, and it’s a lot of other things besides a boxing movie.’ They hemmed and hawed and finally said that if I wanted to take it, maybe they’d pay for the domestic rights only. After that, I’d be on my own.”

But that, of course, didn’t sit well with the filmmaker, and thus, he had to go on search once again.

“We took it to a couple of other studios, and they turned it down, much like Mystic River was turned down — the exact same pattern. People who kept calling and saying, ‘Come on, work with us on stuff.’ I’d give it to them, and they’d go, ‘Uh, we were thinking more in terms of Dirty Harry coming out of retirement.’ And who knows? Maybe when it comes out they’ll be proven right.”

However, after trying and trying and trying, Warner Bros. finally agreed to the movie when Eastwood told them:

“I don’t know if this is going to make any money. But, I think I can make a picture that you’d be proud to have in your library.”

Turns out he did create a picture that the company is more than proud to have in its library considering the seven whopping Oscar nominations the film garnered, winning a stunning four out of them!

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