Clint Eastwood reveals a story he’s kept quiet about for over 60 years. We all know and love movie star and director Clint Eastwood. With countless movie awards he has, for many years, been the symbol of masculinity for his iconic roles, not to mention his role in politics.
His personal life is not something he shouts about but the 86-year-old star has had his fair share of romances; as well as being married twice he has seven children. But now Eastwood has revealed a story linking him to one of his iconic films; a story about which he remained silent for decades. We all know and love star and director Clint Eastwood.
With countless film awards, he has been a symbol of masculinity for many years for his iconic roles, not to mention his role in politics.
His personal life isn’t something he shouts about, but the 89-year-old star has had his fair share of romances; as well as being married twice, he has seven children.
But now Eastwood has revealed a story linking him to one of his iconic films; a story about which he remained silent for decades.
Hollywood’s longest-running movie star was born in 1930 in San Francisco during the Great Depression. He has a younger sister.
His father was a steel worker and the family moved a lot during his youth.
He was nicknamed Samson at birth and weighed a whopping 11 pounds 6 ounces. He eventually grew to 6 feet 4 inches.
After high school he moved to Seattle where he worked as a lifeguard before being drafted into the United States Army in 1950, according to Wikipedia.
But what many don’t know is that at age 21, Eastwood was a passenger in a World War II Marine plane that crashed in the Pacific.
“I had a free ride from Seattle to Alameda,” Eastwood said in an interview with the Telegraph.
“There was a storm and we went down from Point Reyes, California into the Pacific. I found myself in the water swimming a few kilometers towards the shore. I remember thinking, ‘well, 21 years is not as long as one wants to live.’
Eastwood spent several hours in the Pacific, swimming through kelp beds before reaching shore and climbing a rock to call for help.
This experience came in handy when he co-directed the 2016 biopic Sully: Miracle on the Hudson with Tom Hanks.
The award-winning film chronicles the 2009 emergency landing of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River, in which all 155 passengers and crew survived.
In the film, Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger made the second decision to land the plane in the cold waters of the Hudson River, which was later opposed by his seniors.
“I guess if I’m in a similar situation as a pilot, I’d rather go into the water than somewhere that doesn’t have a runway,” Eastwood said in an interview with the Telegraph.
“And of course Sully was familiar with the area… he picked the right spot… He knew someone would see them,” he continued.
Despite the miraculous landing Sully managed to negotiate and the lives he saved, it was what came next that most impressed Eastwood.
“Anyone who stays smart when things go wrong, who can negotiate problems without panicking, is someone of superior character and interesting to watch on film,” Eastwood said.
“But for me, the real conflict came later, when the board of inquiry questioned his decisions, even though he saved so many lives.”
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Even at the age of 89, he is still handsome, hardworking and so talented. Thank you for making such good movies.
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