Clint Eastwood admits it wasn't hard playing a curmudgeon in 'Trouble with the Curve'
Since his speech at the Republican National Convention, Clint Eastwood has proven that he is more than capable of making fun of himself.
The legendary actor was even willing to admit to OTRC.com that he didn't have a difficult time playing a curmudgeon in his new film, "Trouble With the Curve."
"What do I pull from to play a curmudgeon? You just pull from the same thing you do to play anything," Eastwood told OTRC.com at the film's Los Angeles premiere. "You just imagine yourself as a curmudgeon. I may be a little closer to it than most people so it's easier."
"Trouble With The Curve" tells the story of an ailing baseball scout for the Atlanta Braves named Gus (Eastwood) whose sight is getting worse. He takes his daughter Mickey (Amy Adams) along for one last recruiting trip, as she promises to be helpful. Justin Timberlake plays another baseball scout named Johnny who is a love interest for Adams.
While the film is set in the baseball world, it is more of an exploration of relationships than of sports. Eastwood told OTRC.com that the film is about "family relationships," adding, "sometimes they get scarred up and people have to repair them."
Adams agreed with this aspect of the film and acknowledged the sometimes awkward relationship between fathers and daughters.
"I love you dad but sometimes communication can be a bit lacking so, for me, that was some theme that was explored that I hadn't seen in other films between a father and a daughter," Adams told OTRC.com at the film's premiere. "I was really anxious to get to explore that."
Of acting with the Hollywood heavyweight, Adams said she overcame her fears after their first scene together.
"I was so intimidated [by Eastwood] that to just go in and do the scene, feel a really great connection with him and chemistry as this father and daughter," Adams told OTRC.com in a recent press junket. "It was nice to go in and say, 'Okay, I think I can do this' and not let my mind freak me out."
The 82-year-old actor stepped out of a three-year retirement for "Trouble with the Curve," and was rumored to have been done with acting after his 2008 film "Gran Torino."
Eastwood is known for directing films such as "Mystic River," "Million Dollar Baby," "Invictus," "Hereafter" and "J. Edgar." He has starred in films like "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," "Dirty Harry" and "Million Dollar Baby."
Eastwood's wife Dina stars in an MTV reality show that chronicles their unique family's lives, from her managing a boy-band to her daughter's tumultuous relationship. The show, however, does not regularly feature Clint Eastwood.
"Trouble With The Curve" hit theaters on September 21. Check out the trailer below.