Clint Eastwood is about to turn 92 years old. What are the other 92-year-olds in your life doing these days (if they are even still around)? My bet is they aren’t acting and directing in movies still. That’s just a hunch based on, you know, typical human life spans. But Eastwood might not be totally human and he has a new movie out whose title seemingly embodies everything we know about the actor. That’s right, the next film from the legend is called Cry Macho which just has Eastwood written all over it.
This new Clint Eastwood film is based on the 1975 N. Richard Nash novel of the same name. The legend will both star and direct the film. It takes place in the late-1970s with Eastwood playing a retired and aging ex-rodeo star. He’s been tasked with bringing home the son of his boss whose mother is struggling with alcohol abuse. It appears to be a Western-type journey across Texas for the two who run into a variety of obstacles along the way.
In addition to Clint Eastwood, Cry Macho has made a number of other casting decisions as well. Dwight Yoakam has a role presumably as the boss and Fernanda Urrejola will play the struggling mother. There are some newcomers as well like Horacio Rojas and Eduardo Minett. It could be a rather insular movie especially if a great deal of the action involves the trip between Eastwood and the young man he’s ferrying across the state.
Clint Eastwood isn’t the first guy to get his hands on this script and try to turn it into a film. Apparently, the author Nash originally wrote it as a screenplay and only turned it into a book when that path didn’t work the first time. Then, in the late 1980s, Eastwood tried to adapt it into a film but had scheduling conflicts with getting it done. Then about 10 years ago, Arnold Schwarzenegger had been attached to star in the film at one point, but those plans fell through. So this has been through a number of different starts and mostly stops over the years. But now, it looks like it is actually going to happen.
For a guy at an age where most people are sitting in retirement homes, Clint Eastwood is still making movies that resonate with audiences. His last two films, The Mule and Richard Jewell scored 70% and 77% respectively on Rotten Tomatoes with critics appreciating the tone of both. He’s leaning into the things that work for him and can still make solid films. Frankly, it’s kind of amazing.
This latest movie has already been shot with word that Clint Eastwood and company finished filming back in December. Now it’s set for a fall release in theaters on October 22nd. Whether it’s the director’s last film remains to be seen. At some point, this run will come to an end. But if there’s a guy who could make movies well into triple-digits in terms of years, then it would be Eastwood for sure.