At 91, Clint Eastwood gets back in the saddle for “Cry Macho”

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(AFP) – Retirement is not on the program for Clint Eastwood: at 91 years old, the Hollywood legend not only made a new movie, “Cry Macho”, but he also rides a horse and even finds time to throw a punch.

“Cry Macho”, in theaters Friday in the United States (09 November in France) returns to the westerns which made the glory of the actor. He plays a former rodeo champion, Mike Milo, in charge of a last mission.

Milo must go to Mexico and find the son of his ex-boss, Rafo, and teaches him in the process to ride a horse.

“The idea for this film dates back to forty years,” recalls Clint Eastwood. “I’m too young for the role, why not direct the film and we take Robert Mitchum?”, He had launched at the time to a producer.

The project had not been done and Clint Eastwood, after a few decades of career, considers that he now has the necessary maturity to take the lead role himself.

“What all the people love to see, it’s Clint with a cowboy hat, perched on a horse, “Tim Moore, his longtime collaborator and producer, recently said.

” He hasn’t been on a horse since + Ruthless + “, he noted, referring to this Oscar-winning western in 1993.

“The first day of filming that he was riding the crew were super excited. It was a special moment,” says Tim Moore.

Awarded by multiple Oscars, Eastwood became an international star in the years 1960 with the spaghetti westerns of Sergio Leone, the famous trilogy “For a handful of dollars”, “And for a few dollars more” and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.”

Since his debut behind the camera in 1971 with “A thrill in the night”, he went on film after film, often with success, and expressed his desire to continue working as long as he found projects “worthy of interest”.

He had announced to end his acting career after “Gran Torino” in 2008, but had returned to service four years later for “Une nouvelle chance”, then again in 2018 with “La Mule”.

The trailer for “Cry Macho”, which is released simultaneously in theaters and on the HBO Max streaming platform, makes many references to the age difference between the two heroes of the film, which creates a link on the way back to Texas, strewn with pitfalls.

“Before you were strong, macho”, says Rafo, played by young Mexican Eduardo Minett.

“Before I keep a lot of stuff, “Clint Eastwood retorts.

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