Clint Eastwood Had The Strangest Experience After Meeting Hollywood Legend Alfred Hitchcock For A Film

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With a career spanning more than six decades and over 60 acting credits to his credit, Clint Eastwood is a Hollywood legend. The actor/director has interacted with many stars and legends while living through many stages of Hollywood.

However, some experience is difficult to even articulate. As eccentric as his movies can be, Alfred Hitchcock is known for being distinctive in both the way he makes movies and the way he lives his life. Eastwood had the oddest encounter when he met the famed director.

Clint Eastwood Had The Strangest Experience Meeting Alfred Hitchcock

For filmmakers and screenwriters, Alfred Hitchcock is nothing less than a deity; his films have a timeless, worldwide appeal. The master of suspense has created a significant number of works of art that endured the test of time and are still revered today. The director, however, was just as unusual in real life as he was in his films. Clint Eastwood, at the very least, would attest to that. Eastwood had one of the most bizarre encounters of his life—a lunchtime encounter with the Hollywood legend—that he will never forget.

“Hitchcock wanted me to be in one of his films [which, it turned out, would never be made]. I wasn’t nuts about the script. I had lunch with him in his office. When I walked in, he was sitting there very erect and he didn’t even move. Only his eyes did. They followed you across the room. He had the same thing for lunch every day — a steak and some sliced tomatoes,” Eastwood revealed.

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It would have been a wonderful collaboration if the duo ever made a movie. However, according to IMDB, Eastwood starred in an uncredited role of a Newsman alongside Hitchcock in an episode of Human Interest Story, which aired on May 24, 1959.
Clint Eastwood Actually Rejected The Alfred Hitchcock Movie

Eastwood was a rising celebrity who had earned the right to censor anything in his path, including a Hitchcock movie, thanks to the success of his role as “Man with No Name” in Sergio Leone’s Dollars Trilogy. Additionally, Hitchcock did not make films in the 1970s that were as outstanding as his magnificent masterworks, such as Psycho and Notorious. Eastwood had a fantastic opportunity to work with the renowned director before he passed away in 1980, but he wasn’t all that “nuts about the script” at the time.

Although the 93-year-old never revealed any details of the movie or the pitch, it is widely speculated that the movie on focus was The Short Night, Hitchcock was attached to the project of Universal Pictures. Also, per earlier reports, the movie was scheduled to be filmed in Finland.

Eastwood was likely to play Gavin Brand, a government spy in the espionage romance. Of course, Eastwood was not the only consideration for the role, Walter Matthau, Sean Connery, and Steve McQueen were the strong contenders for the part in the film. However, Universal Pictures discontinued the project before production.

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