Clint Eastwood Felt Cornered After His One Movie That Was Sandra Bullock’s Passion Project

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Clint Eastwood has been in the Hollywood industry for as long as many can remember. His range in acting had always been eye-catching but things grew even more for him after he stepped into the world of moviemaking as a director. From an actor to a director, there is nothing he hasn’t achieved that brought happiness to him more than filmmaking.

He has directed films that are critically acclaimed as masterpieces in certain cases and controversial in others. In any case, his boundless talent and unending commitment to the profession as a whole have earned him recognition from people all around the world. He has gained a great deal from this. But one movie left him in an unsettling state of mind.

Clint Eastwood Thought Million Dollar Baby was a Demanding Movie to Make

Clint Eastwood looked for a variety of approaches when filming Million Dollar Baby in order to effectively convey a picture with ideas that were difficult, at times even contradictory, for viewers to reconcile. In the epilogue, he posed questions on subjects that resonated with the people in unique ways. According to Film Comment, Eastwood discussed how the enigmatic elements are what kept the film moving.
“When the tragedy happens, it becomes the toughest fight he’ll ever go through, that anyone could go through. And where it leads—there’s no answer to it. Nobody knows what they’d do in that situation. There’s no way to predispose that. You could say, does that mean you believe in euthanasia. Not necessarily. But who knows? It’s a supposition unless you’ve been put in that position. It was a demanding picture to make—these people living on the periphery of society, at least as we know it and as the most of the people who are going to view the movie know it. There it is—that’s all I know about it.”

Sandra Bullock always wanted to be a part of the film and work with Paul Haggis, an opportunity she later got with Crash. However, Eastwood brought an essence to the film that saw a theme that could have been there and could not have at the same time.

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Clint Eastwood Saw Experience in the End


Euthanasia as a theme proposes doing something that would be morally repugnant otherwise, but for the benefit of those around you. Medical professionals view it as a means of taking the patient’s life to relieve them of their suffering. It refers to killing someone out of mercy in both literature and film. Since Samuel D. Williams first utilized it in 1870, it has been incorporated into other mediums worldwide. It’s essentially in Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby as well.

“There’s something about her struggle to be something, to get to the top, which is very much like Hilary Swank herself. She came out of very poor beginnings and wanted to be an actress, so she understood this girl completely. It’s the least obvious thing—to want to be a female boxer to gain some place in the world. Morgan’s character of Scrap had that dream before. It didn’t happen for Scrap, but he reaches down to people, even the young retarded boy who obviously doesn’t have any talent in the boxing area. So there’s Scrap’s sympathy for people and there’s Frankie’s disappointment about his daughter and family and consequently not wanting to make lasting relationships with anyone, but finding rejuvenation with this girl.”

According to Eastwood, euthanasia in the film exists only for those who have experienced something similar. He further gave the example of Hilary Swank, whose life has not been an easy one either.

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