So Clint Eastwood is a Racist (in Gran Torino) After All?
Who would've thought that the most secretive project in Hollywood would've been a Clint Eastwood movie? This isn't actually about Eastwood being a racist in real life, this is about his next film, Gran Torino. In about three months time we'll see two complete Clint Eastwood films hit theaters, including Changeling in the next month, and Gran Torino after that. This was first announced early in the year, but no one knew what it was actually about. As time went on, rumors popped up stating it was another Dirty Harry or just a movie about a grumpy old man, but now we have some solid information from Eastwood himself.
Following the debut of Changeling at the NYFF, Eastwood talked about his character in Gran Torino, as reported by USA Today. The film apparently "slams both prejudice and political correctness" and his character, Walt Kowalski, is described as unflattering and potentially controversial. "I'm a weirdo in it. I play a real racist… But it also has redemption. This Hmong family moves in next door, and he has been in the Korean War, in the infantry, and looks down on Asian people and lumps everybody together. But finally they befriend him in his time of need because he has no relationship with his family."
Although this is finally some clarification on the character and a brief look at the story, it's all still a bit vague. I guess we'll just have to hold out until we get a trailer (or some other first glimpse at the film), which hopefully won't be too much longer. For reference, we previously discovered that the title Gran Torino comes from this: "his neighbors, a Korean War veteran whose prize possession is a 1972 Gran Torino he keeps in cherry condition." Apparently Warner Brothers still wants to get this out in theaters sometime in December, which seems like a rather monumental task this late in the game.
But is the world really ready for two complete Clint Eastwood movies within a few months of each other? I'm already predicting one will be a hit and one will be a flop, no matter how good they actually are. I just don't think the world can handle two Eastwood movies in such rapid succession. Which will it be?