How The Good, The Bad & The Ugly 2 Would’ve Brought Back Clint Eastwood

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The Good, The Bad And The Ugly 2 almost happened in the 1980s, and here’s how Clint Eastwood’s Man with no Name would have featured in the story.

Clint Eastwood would have made an unexpected comeback in the unproduced The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly 2. Before obtaining the part that would make him a famous, Clint Eastwood spent years on the legendary western series Rawhide. The role came in the 1964 film A Fistful Of Dollars. In this low-budget Italian western, Eastwood’s Man with No Name played two rival gangs in a version of Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo. The film’s aesthetic and Clint Eastwood’s legendary performance made it an unexpected hit and contributed to the development of the spaghetti western subgenre.

The popularity of westerns began to wane during the ’60s and ’70s, and later outings usually took a darker, more cynical view of the west. Clint Eastwood’s westerns tended to be more violent, and the lines between heroes and villains were very blurred. Eastwood directed some of his most famous outings in the genre himself, including High Plains Drifter – which has a supernatural angle – Pale Rider and 1992’s acclaimed Unforgiven.

The Man with no Name is still Clint Eastwood’s most famous western antihero, and following A Fistful Of Dollars, he reprised the character twice, for 1965’s For A Few Dollars More and The Good, The Bad And The Ugly. This latter entry is actually a prequel to the events of the previous films and followed three characters hunting for buried gold against the backdrop of the American Civil War. The Good, The Bad And The Ugly is the most acclaimed of director Sergio Leone’s Dollars trilogy and has been hailed as a masterpiece. The movie ends with Eastwood’s “Blondie” riding off with half of the gold, and co-writer Luciano Vincenzoni later revealed he had plans to make The Good, The Bad And The Ugly 2, with Clint Eastwood returning as narrator.

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For background, consider how Eastwood’s Man with No Name kills Lee Van Cleef’s Angel Eyes in The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly and then appears to leave Eli Wallach’s Tuco to hang. In the film’s closing moments, he shoots Tuco’s noose to release him, and as Tuco rides away, he scolds Eastwood’s persona. Twenty years later, in Vincenzoni’s The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly 2, Tuco would track down Blondie’s grandson to get the gold. Although it’s unclear whether the Man with No Man would have really made an appearance in the plot, acclaimed director Clint Eastwood reportedly expressed interest in taking on the role of narrator for a hypothetical The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly sequel.

Unfortunately, there isn’t much reliable information available on The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly 2, including when it was created, though it appears likely that it was in the late 1980s. Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach were interested in coming back, too, according to Vincenzoni, and it looks Joe Dante was being courted as a director. The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly 2 was killed by Leone because he didn’t want any further sequels to be made or his name associated with it. Vincenzoni put this down to a rift between the two men, but without Leone’s consent, The Good, The Bad And The Ugly 2 quickly died. It’s hard to know if the sequel could have worked without Clint Eastwood (who turned down Superman 1978) as the main character, though it certainly would have been intriguing to see what happened next.

 

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