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Clint Eastwood May Return To Acting In ‘Trouble With the Curve’

Written by on October 6, 2011 

One of the things I love about Gran Torino is the sense of finality surrounding Clint Eastwood‘s performance. Everything about the character of Walt Kowalski — from the backstory to the dialogue, and even the way he’s framed — makes it feel like the last role for one of cinema’s towering icons.

So, color me a tiny bit disappointed by Variety‘s news that Eastwood is in talks for a starring role in Trouble With the Curve. He won’t be directing this, however; that job falls to Robert Lorenz, his partner at Malpaso Productions and frequent assistant director. (This would make Curve his first performance in a film not directed by himself since 1993’s In the Line of Fire. Give that long gap a second to sink in.) Eastwood‘s main reason for becoming interested in another starring role is Beyonce‘s pregnancy, an event that delayed production on his planned A Star is Born remake.

Set up at Warner Bros., the Rob Brown-scripted drama is centered on “an aging baseball scout who takes a road trip to Atlanta with his daughter”; the other lead hasn’t been cast yet, but the actor and director being formally attached will allow for that search to begin. One thinks that many actresses, presumably in their late-’20s to early-’30s, will be lining up for the chance to appear with him.

To get back to what was said earlier: Look, it’s not that I would hate to see Eastwood lead a film — it’s only bothersome to me when I think of how Gran Torino served as a fitting end to his acting career. It was a seal on one of the greatest in film history, and that’s basically going to be broken. Oh well.

Do you also wish that Clint had hung it up with Gran Torino, or does this feel like a good starring vehicle for him?

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