Clint Eastwood: Interviews
Edited by Robert E. Kapsis
Edited by Kathie Coblentz
"I began to direct my own films in 1970. At that time the only means I had to be able to direct was to act in the films . . . . It was a practical question at the time. Afterwards, I grew to like it."
As a star, Clint Eastwood is recalled primarily
for two early roles--the "Man With No Name" of three European-made Westerns
and "Dirty" Harry Callahan, the uncompromising cop who spoke softly and
carried a big gun in five movies. But like few other stars, Eastwood has
shaped his own career by appearing almost exclusively in films he produced
or co-produced, frequently under his own direction. No other contemporary
dramatic star has directed himself so often.
Robert E. Kapsis, author of Hitchcock: The Making of a Reputation, is a professor of sociology and film studies at Queens College, CUNY. Since 1995 he has been executive producer of American Film Masters. Kathie Coblentz is a special collections cataloger at The New York Public Library. She also works on the American Film Masters series.