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Title: Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: sartana on September 02, 2003, 11:44:11 AM
Hi Everyone! Anyone else going to this. I have got my tickets, can't wait to see the film, i may even pluck up the courage to ask Mr Eastwood a question!
I have been to a few of these Guardian talks before and they are excellent!
 :D
http://www.bfi.org.uk/index.html
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: Gant on September 02, 2003, 12:34:19 PM
Hey Sartana.. great news. Are there any tickets still available ?
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: KC on September 02, 2003, 05:28:26 PM
Thanks for posting that, sartana! I'm going to post the text here to make sure everyone knows ...

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Now showing at the NFT  
 
Special Preview: Mystic River + The Guardian Interview with Clint Eastwood
To coincide with a preview of his acclaimed new film, an adaptation of Denis Lehane's bestseller about three friends in Boston caught up in two traumatising tragic incidents, we are honoured and delighted to once again welcome bfi Fellow Clint Eastwood to the NFT stage to discuss his latest movie and his career in general. The film, which boasts a superb cast, is another of the director's dark, thought-provoking and dramatically intense studies of the effects of violent crime, guilt and retributive vengeance on individuals and the community at large, and was deservingly greeted with a standing ovation when it premiered at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Preview courtesy of Warner Bros.

With 137 mins

USA 2003/Dir Clint Eastwood

Running time: Tickets £18.20, concs £12.50

Showing at:
NFT1
6.10
Tuesday 07 October

Here (https://tickets.bfi.org.uk/default.asp) is the link to book tickets online (I didn't check availablity).
 
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: sartana on September 03, 2003, 12:26:24 AM
Hey Sartana.. great news. Are there any tickets still available ?

Hi. They had some left yesterday, but they may have sold out by now. It hasn't been advertised in the press yet so no one really knows about it.
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: right turn clyde on September 03, 2003, 04:19:04 AM
I've just booked two tickets. There are a "handful" left next to the walls.
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: sartana on September 03, 2003, 04:39:00 AM
Nice one. ;)
Roll on October!
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: Gant on September 03, 2003, 06:03:19 AM
Yipee.. Me too, just got my tickets confirmed.  ;D Only a few left.
Thanks for the tip off Sartana.
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: right turn clyde on September 03, 2003, 07:03:49 AM
What shall we ask him? Who can come up with the best Q?
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: mmpreacher on September 03, 2003, 08:19:39 AM
Got mine too. Great tip, just got to get the night off work now ;D
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: Gant on September 03, 2003, 09:33:55 AM
Thanks for the link KC.
 You gonna book yourself a flight ?
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: Lilly on September 03, 2003, 10:45:43 AM
 :'( :'( :'(

They've sold out now! >:(  Man I am sooo disappointed. :(  

But you guys enjoy it...be sure to come up with a good question! ;)

Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: KC on September 03, 2003, 04:25:30 PM
Darn, Lilly! Why not just go that night, and maybe you can pick up a returned ticket, or someone who's going might have an extra?

In my early days in New York, my motto was always "There's no such thing as a sold-out house!"
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: Lilly on September 03, 2003, 04:33:35 PM
 :)  Yes, good idea KC.  I was thinking of just turning up to see if there were any cancellations, or at least phoning up until the day (it would be quite a pain to travel the length of England to be told to get lost! :-\)...or just bribing the doorman! ;D
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: KC on September 03, 2003, 05:14:11 PM
I was staying in Munich one time and I took the train up to Bayreuth the day they were doing Tristan und Isolde. It had been sold out for maybe a year, so I told myself I was just doing it to see the sights in the town. And what do you know ... I GOT A TICKET. (Bought it from someone in a group that had one ticket too many for some reason or other.)

Still one of the best memories of my opera-going career.  8)
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: D'Ambrosia on September 03, 2003, 10:36:52 PM
I wonder if Clint Fan Wife read this thread.

Oh well to late...

Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: sartana on September 04, 2003, 12:30:19 AM
:)  Yes, good idea KC.  I was thinking of just turning up to see if there were any cancellations, or at least phoning up until the day (it would be quite a pain to travel the length of England to be told to get lost! :-\)...or just bribing the doorman! ;D

Hi Lilly. They have returned tickets for sale on the day (why any one would want to return them is a mystery!).
So you may be lucky!
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: Lilly on September 04, 2003, 07:23:06 AM
 :) Hi Sartana.  Cheers - I'll give it a try.  And thank you for alerting us all to this event. 8)

Quoting KC:
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Still one of the best memories of my opera-going career.
Cool tale KC - goes to show there's always hope. :D
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: sartana on September 05, 2003, 12:39:38 AM
:) Hi Sartana.  Cheers - I'll give it a try.  And thank you for alerting us all to this event. 8)


No worries! I've been reading the message board for ages so i thought i'd better sign up soon or later. I thought the NFT talk would be a perfect first post!
 8)
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: Gant on September 08, 2003, 11:00:07 AM
I saw the new Sun Records doc at this venue followed by a Q & A session with the legendary Sam Phillips and it was excellent.
Even tho' my seats aint great it shouldn't matter too much.
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: philo on September 11, 2003, 12:42:59 AM


Just to let you know that I have been waiting on getting a free ticket to this from my work.

I can now confirm that it has come through and I will be there .



Philo .
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: philo on September 16, 2003, 03:03:35 PM


I am pleased that I have the chance to meet some of you that are attending this event.

Could board members that are going let me know because I am planning to bring you all a gift on the night.

To make sure I don't miss anybody please post here or PM me.


Philo .
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: sartana on September 29, 2003, 12:38:11 PM
Tomorrow it'll be a week away. And for the life of me i can't think of a question to ask! :P Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated! ;D
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: Brendan on September 29, 2003, 12:40:34 PM
Tomorrow it'll be a week away. And for the life of me i can't think of a question to ask! :P Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated! ;D

Ask him about a project he had going for awhile called, "Golf in the Kingdom".  ;)
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: Matt on September 29, 2003, 03:48:32 PM
Ask him the question that everyone on this board has been wanting to know... is there gay subtext in Thunderbolt and Lightfoot.  ;D
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: philo on September 29, 2003, 05:51:46 PM

I think someone should ask him that but it won't be me.


Philo .
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: Matt on September 29, 2003, 06:10:34 PM
What's wrong, Philo? Don't want to ask him if Cimino told him to look like an erect pen*s in that scene where Lightfoot's sitting on the curb? Why not?  ;D

Ooops, I see a word got through the censor that I wasn't counting on. Fixed it. ;)
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: philo on September 29, 2003, 07:23:56 PM

No Matt ,

I am the brave guy that will attempt to ask him how he feels about personal film projects he chose to make in mono (when they could have been Dolby Stereo) now being remixed.

I know it is a nerds question , but I can't watch (or listen) to these new versions without it sounding (to me) like fingers down a blackboard.




Philo .
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: right turn clyde on September 30, 2003, 01:18:25 AM
I've decided to ask him when we'll see him in front of a camera again...will it be in a saddle? Of course I've got hundreds of Q's written down!
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: KC on September 30, 2003, 06:16:50 AM
Don't forget to take notes, everyone, and report back here on how he answered your questions!
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: Gant on October 01, 2003, 11:40:25 AM
Not long to go now....
I think this is the most I've looked forward to an Eastwood film since Bridges of Madison County.
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: Lilly on October 05, 2003, 04:26:28 PM
 :D One day to go!  Still no ticket but I'm gonna be there to see y'all and try to get in.  I've got a suspicion that the cat might get my tongue if I actually do get in there with the man, but I'm still trying to think of the best question...

What's the deal?  Shall we all arrange to meet somewhere? ???

See ya soon! 8)
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: Gant on October 07, 2003, 06:35:27 AM
Right.... time to jump a cab down to the Embankment , grab a coupla beers and see one of the greatest actor/directers in cinema history present his new work.

Guess it's too late for me to arrange to meet any of ya. Hope you get lucky and manage to get a ticket Lilly.

I'll be listening out for your question Philo.  ;)

See y'all back here tonight.
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: Gant on October 07, 2003, 03:50:23 PM
just back from the NFT and the first London screening of Mystic River.... Wow ! I don't wanna say to much here and spoil this movie for anyone.
just to say that I think this is one of Clints most powerful and moving films ever. Superb performances all round and although I agree that Penn is excellent I thought Robbin's took best acting honours. just my opinion.
There wasn't a dry eye in the house.
I feel like I wanna see this film again as soon as possible.

The interview with Parkinson was ok. Clint looked great and displayed a cool sense of humor. There wasn't much of anything new discussed that I can remember 'cept that Clint when pressed said that he wouldn't be taking on the dual roles of acting and directing in the same movie again. No real surprises there.. also a little later he kinda hinted that the acting days were possibly over... ( hopefully someone else who was there can be more precise than me on this) but that was definitely the impression that I got. When pushed on future projects he would only mention the blues doc.

A great night and a fantastic movie. I think his best in a long while and to my mind definitely deserving of some oscar nominations.
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: the stranger on October 07, 2003, 05:13:51 PM
Hey hey!
Gant! I did get a ticket! Got home a little while ago!
Was up at 5.30am and at the box office at 7.30am (was 13th in line) (the first guy in the queue had been there since 4.30am) I remained cool and thought the omens were good, 13 has always been my Lucky Number, as it is my parents house number! 8)
A long long wait all day.... (but Philo and myself had a good day around London). When it was time to get into that returns queue, my heart was getting faster and faster! ;D A couple of people collecting their tickets, then another wait... then a couple more.... till finally one in front of me, and I'm praying Come on, come on, come on... :-\
Then, it's just me, two footsteps away from total bliss!
Then he calls me forward..
"Just tell me I have a ticket?"
He smiles, he says "Yes" :o
and I'm just about the happiest guy on earth for that few seconds!

Lilly.... we did all we could, and felt for you, big time :'(

Mystic River I thought was very good, felt it could have been a touch shorter, but not complaining at all. Gant you are spot on, Robbins and Penn were just incredible!
I really couldn't split them, yet, I suppose the Robbins role was a little more demanding. The cutting for the climax was sooooo nail biting, tense isn't the word for it!

Film looked a little bleak, which I think was quite deliberate, fit perfectly with the story.

I'll say no more on the film.

As Gant said, interview was OK, but nothing new, Yes, Clint has never sounded so positive about Directing only. Almost word for word, to his quote I posted from a couple of months back. Does not enjoy dressing up for roles now, the hair has got to look like this, this didn't match that etc etc.
He added from behind the camera, you can dress sloppy, tennis shoes et al..
 Philo and myself agreed, it was conducted more in a chat show style.. rather than a lecture as such..

Clint did look great, smart, cool you know the rest..
He was very at ease happy to crack jokes,  and continuously smiling..

Particularly enjoyed Clint's response about critical and political comments around such films as Dirty Harry
"Don and myself simply thought it was just a great detective story..."
Ahhh the Narrative, can't beat it! ;)

Matt, when the questioning came to the far left of the room, I had my hand up, was not picked, but I swear to god, was going to ask "To the best of your knowledge, was you ever aware of any Gay subtext, within the  story or the Direction between the two characters of Thunderbolt and Lightfoot?"
Alas, it didn't happen mate.... :( but I was to the very far left of the stage, some 35-40ft away..

Gant, MM Preacher, Right turn Clyde, I wish we could have all met up, poor planning on all of our parts really, next time lets get it all together and hit those beers.. ;)

Terrific night, in a very special Clintful week, I don't think it'll ever get better than this?

All to do again on Thursday Now, and the Parkinson show..
Clint overdose... I don't think so! ;D
-Stranger-
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: Matt on October 07, 2003, 05:23:30 PM
Matt, when the questioning came to the far left of the room, I had my hand up, was not picked, but I swear to god, was going to ask "To the best of your knowledge, was you ever aware of any Gay subtext, within the  story or the Direction between the two characters of Thunderbolt and Lightfoot?"
Alas, it didn't happen mate.... :( but I was to the very far left of the stage, some 35-40ft away..

Oh man, that would have been worth the price of airfare just to hear you ask that and to see/hear his response. Too bad it didn't happen.

But... it sounds like it was a great night! I hope we hear from everyone who went.
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: the stranger on October 07, 2003, 05:24:49 PM
Wish you'd of been there Pal :'(
-Stranger-
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: Lilly on October 07, 2003, 05:32:09 PM
 :) Thanks for the updates Gant and Stranger - it sounds like a great night.  Man, what a shame you didn't get to ask that question Stranger!  That would have been classic ;D, would have loved to have heard Clint's response. :D

Yes, I screwed up and didn't make it, but I owe thanks to Stranger and Philo for helping me out. :)

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next time lets get it all together and hit those beers
Yes lets! :D  If we get another chance I'd love to actually make it to London and meet the UK CEWB crew. :)

Delighted you all had a good night. 8)
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: sartana on October 08, 2003, 12:30:23 AM
 ;D Hi. Hope everyone enjoyed it!! It was great, a shame he didn't stick around for a drink afterwards, i certainly did (hence the lack of writing here). -  :P
Bit annoyed that Jimmy bloody Tarbuck stole someones opportunity to ask Clint a question. The silly sod! (Tarbuck, not Clint!). ???
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: right turn clyde on October 08, 2003, 01:18:51 AM
Great film, one of his best directing efforts. Watched the film then there was a 20 minute break. Dina and friends came into the audience. Christopher Frayling was there. Interview was a bit dull. All the usual replies to Q's eg Warners didn't want to pay him to direct Misty, outlived his critics etc. Did say he would definately only Direct OR Act in the future and not both as Bloodwork tired him out. Would do a Western with the right story. Admires Hitchcock, Hawks Siegel & Leone. Asked any Directors alive he admired and he said Wolfgang Peterson and Das Boat (Boot). He's not keen on modern blockbusters and Ben & J. Lo (good man!) but does like watcking animated films (Finding Nemo) with his young kids. I didn't take notes so have probably missed stuff out. He got booed by the crowd on his way out!! Fans and press queued for hours and his car was backed up to the door. No photo's or even a wave as he got into car. Managed a few snaps though  ;) I was stood next to him in the foyer, but all the conversation was just people congratulating him etc.  A great night though, superb film and nice to actually see him after all these years. RTC. PS He's not that tall!! I'm 6'4" and was standing by him, he's 6'1"- 6'2" at most which was a real surprise!!  
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: mmpreacher on October 08, 2003, 01:31:46 AM
 ;D

Thouroughly enjoyed the film despite the fact that from my seat (far right) a lot of it looked like it was shot through a 'fish eye' lens - Not to mention the shaking of the actual projection.

I will not go into plot at all but loved the cinematography. Lots of darkness, but with key lights picking out the important bits. It looked wonderful.

I was also annoyed by the Cravat wearing Luvvie that was Tarbucks question, but the prize for worst question goes to the 'fanboy' who asked about the Siegel DVD'S. Appologies if you are a board member but asking Clint Eastwood if he has any influence was both pointless and insulting. And it took so long to get nothing out, when other people had actual questions to ask, without the gushing. Diatribe over.

Never been to the NFT before but enjoyed the night. Not only was Clint. Parkinson, and Tarbuck there, but i also noted Stephen Frears, Frank Skinner, Anthony Daniels (c3p0), and Diana Krall mulling around.

As far as the interview goes i enjoyed it but just wished that Parky had done his research a bit. First calling Unforgiven 'The Unrepeatable!!!' and then after correction colling it The Unforgiven. Forgivable, yes, but Calling 'Bird' 'Parker' was not, and then saying it was one of his favorite film. I was embarassed for him.

It won't stop me trying to get to see the Parkison interview though. I am in tonight and thursday anyway, Does anyone know what studio it is usually recorded in?

I've got my fingers crossed - When Ian McCellen did parky he sat next to me and chatted while i was waiting for my cab home.
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: the stranger on October 08, 2003, 02:17:20 AM
MM! It's tonight!!!
There's obviously been a change of plan to fit in with Clint's schedule... Now I have to change mine pretty pronto... :o
Philo is going to call me with an update as soon as we find out anything...
Can't remember the studio for sure, but have watched many Parky shows from the Viewing rooms, I seem to recall Studio 8 :-\

Talking of people up there last night, I swear I walked past Michael Wilson the Bond producer, at least on 3 occasions, was I just imagining it, or did any one else spot him, with a women and possibly a younger girl (Blonde) who could of been his daughter?
MM, I'll keep you updated as soon as I know anything.
-Stranger-
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: mmpreacher on October 08, 2003, 02:52:54 AM
Thought that might happen.

I'm in at four so i'll see if i can find out anything. I'll let you know if i do.
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: the stranger on October 08, 2003, 03:29:58 AM
Thanks MM, Philo just rang me, he's on his way in now, and will ring as soon as he also finds out anything. So between us, we should get a more complete picture.
Cheers 8)
-stranger-
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: Gant on October 08, 2003, 04:10:36 AM
jeez.. I didn't realise Jimmy Tarbuck got a question in, what a waste. Apart from that and the Siegel question I thought the audience questions were not too bad. I wish there'd been more of them . Parky didn't seem too  keen on the audience participation bit and him getting the film titles wrong for Unforgiven and Bird was a bit naughty.

I know Clint said he would consider another western if another great script came along, he also said he wouldn't rule out theatre work but it's unlikely thats ever gonna happen. He seemed to be happy to keep all or nearly all options open but from the way he was bemoaning the actors lot I think it very unlikely he'll appear in front of the cameras again. At least not in a starring role. Who knows.. still If he isn't worrying about keeping his acting career alive perhaps we can look forward to the prospect of  another 10 years of him directing quality projects like Mystic River.

It was nice to find out that he did try and do a little research into frank Morris so as to prepare for his role in Escape from Alcatraz. Nice gag about him being a much bigger man than Morris but with the aid of a little cinema magic was still able to slip between the bars...

As to his height... I guess at his age he might possibly have lost a couple of inches.... :)

My only gripe of the night...The queues at the bar were a bit long..... >:( ;D
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: MWB on October 08, 2003, 04:37:14 AM
Hi there,

Not posted anything for a while now, but I still check back here once a week or so.
I managed to get a returned ticket a couple of weeks ago which I couldn't believe, and my Mum got a ticket at 4:00pm the day before the event!! We made the (170mile) trip from Stoke-on-Trent.

Well, what can I say, other than that was the best night out at the cinema ever and will never be beaten. Not just another night out at the flicks but it felt like an important event.
Surprisingly it was very relaxed, with people mingling and chatting. Spotted Jimmy Tarbuck and wife,
Frank Skinner and girlfriend, Christopher Frayling, and a few other faces that I knew but couldn't place their name and I think I spotted Anthony Daniels at one point (I think he was the guy dressed in the gold armour!!  ;)

The NFT cinema is how a cinema should be - like a large living room so that you feel at home.
Nicely lit, lovely seating and no popcorn or spilled drinks on the seats - immaculate presentation. A bit like the old ODEON cinemas were, before the days of the multiplex.

As for the film - brilliant. Very dark undertones and a difficult subject matter to handle. If you were to explain the basic plot of the story I'm sure it would put some people off. Good performances from the 3 main leads but Tim Robbins gets the top honour from me. Nicely photographed in that nice dark blue rinse (as I like to call it). Nice to see Clint get a full credit for the music - his usual simple solo piano piece.

As for the interview, personally I thought it as standard fare as an interview, but as an overall experience it was brilliant. The interview was conducted in Michael Parkinson's comfortable chat show style - relaxed and unobtrusive.

Michael introduced Clint by saying "They say the bigger the star,  the lesser the introduction. Ladies and Gentlemen, Clint Eastwood." He arrived on stage to a good round of applause. Clint acknowledged the audiences appreciation.

The setting was simple, two chairs and a table with drinks, more to the left side of the stage to allow for the interview to be filmed for the BFI archives. I fortunately swapped seats with my Mum at the interval to get a prime view of Clint.

The usual questions were asked of Clint - influence of Leone and Siegel, right wing views of Dirty Harry, would you make another western, who were your favourite movie stars etc. and Clint gave the usual answers. Questions were taken from the audience and 3 clips were shown

1.   Mystic River : Scene questioning Sean Penn
2.   Unforgiven : Scene where Elroy admitted
                                        killing his first person.
3.   In the Line of Fire : Scene by Lincoln
                                                   Memorial.

He seemed serious about "separating acting from directing". Films like Blood Work were harder for him than say Unforgiven as in Blood Work "I was in every scene". "This was the plan 33 years ago…". "The plan is now to separate the two." When pressed about favouring directing than acting he hinted that he preferred to do this now but didn't rule it out either. He didn't really say what his next plans were other than the "Blues" documentary was broadcast on Saturday night.

He commented that children make good actors when they are left to be themselves, and that when you are an adult you are trying to get back to that natural feeling.

When asked about if he had or would consider acting on the stage. He said Yes, he had considered it but he just liked making movies. He did say, however, if something came along he would consider it.

He stressed "How important the story is in a film. If you haven't got the story, you haven't got anything at all".

When asked about retirement he said "We go on until were are as old as Methuselah".

The interview was very humorous and there were numerous laughs and applause from the audience. Highlights include :-

When Michael asked Clint about a quote from Richard Burton : "Richard described your acting style as "dynamic lethargy". What do you think he meant by that?" - Laughs from Clint and the audience. Clint replied "I don't know I suppose it depends where he was when he said it!" - obviously referring to Burton being drunk somewhere - lots of laughs from the audience. He did say "I liked working with Richard."

Michael asked Clint what it was like to be "sat on top of a perch for all your career", and what it would be like to be "knocked off that perch". Clint remarked that he wasn't planning being knocked off that perch.
Later Michael asked Clint (about his career) "If it all ended tomorrow, would you be happy with what you've done." Clint responded "Here he is again, trying to knock me off my perch again." Lots of laughs here.

Clint was asked by a member of the audience to comment on the state of the British Film industry. Michael said to Clint "How long have you got!" Clint said he can't say too much as "I'd be run out of town." Lots of laughs here.

He cracked the joke about "What's the quickest way to get to Carnegie hall?" - "Practice, practice, practice".

Clint was his usual humble unassuming self - casually drinking his water from the bottle. Great to see him give Michael that steely eyed stare a few times as he ponders on a question.

Clint left the stage to a standing ovation, bowed a little and blew a few kisses to the audience.

The whole interview lasted for 1 Hour and 10 mins, which will be a whole lot more than when Michael repeats the interview with him on his television show (as he has other guests).

After the end of the evening I hung around in the foyer waiting for Clint to come out. The staff wanted the foyer cleared when Clint was about to depart, so we went outside. The large Silver Merc backed up to the door of the theatre - obviously for a quick getaway. Dina came out and said hello to everybody. There were a few people around me with pictures and posters of Clint - hoping for an autograph.

I asked Michael "Did you enjoy the interview." He replied "yes I did actually".

I knew there was going to be no chance of autographs or anything other than maybe a quick photo. Clint came into the foyer and stood near the door chatting to someone from the NFT. There was no chance I was going to get near him. I suggested to my Mum if there is an opportunity the see what you can do (women are more likely to succeed here than men). My mum ran into the theatre again……

Mum    : Mr Eastwood
Clint   : Yes
Mum   : Could I have your autograph please
Clint   : (Taking the book and pen and signing it shaking his head and smiling) No, No…Ooo No No
Mum   : My son has been a fan of yours since he was a schoolboy and he's now 32
Clint   : Oh yes, what's his name?
Mum   : Martin
Clint   : (Added my name) Hm hm
Mum   : Thank you very much
Clint   : All right

Clint walked out, waved and got in the car and headed off into the sunset…..

Well I couldn't believe it. My Mum got the only autograph of the night!!! I have to admire her bare faced cheek but it paid off - big time.

All in all - a fabulous night. Next time I hope he comes to Stoke!!
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: palooka on October 08, 2003, 04:43:53 AM
Hi There, This is my first post so please bare with me!

I have just ticked off number one on my “things to do before I die” list

Last night I was one of the lucky people at the NFT (managed to buy a spare ticket while waiting in the returns queue). I managed to exchange words (kind of) with the great man although it could hardly be described as meeting him! He was 2 feet away! A lifetime ambition realized. Sad but true, I think I’m among like minded people here.

I thought the movie was great. The interview was a little hum drum but then who cares. He could have spent the evening shaving and I would have gone along! The best question came from a member of the audience who asked “was there a role that he had regretted not taking?” which apparently there wasn’t.

MWB I heard you ask Parky the question, I think I borrowed your pen. Others tried your mums trick to the prompt response from security. Congrats on the autograph, he personally declined my request outside the VIP room.  I have never been so happy at a rejection!.
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: the stranger on October 08, 2003, 05:21:24 AM
 ;D Come in No3 your time is up!! ;D ;D

You were not the guy who was No3 in the queue last night were you?

Philo and myself meet a really nice guy last night, who said that he reads the web board, but has never posted anything.

If it is not you, Sign up!! and come back to us.
It was great chatting to you! ;)
-Stranger-
PS Excellent review MWB word perfect! You have a great memory! Wish I had a recording of it all to drop on a CD.
Anyone know if the interview is available to buy through the BFI or NFT?
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: palooka on October 08, 2003, 05:42:29 AM
Alas, I was number 34. But I'm still a nice guy!
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: KC on October 08, 2003, 05:56:07 AM
Thanks, everyone, for your reports, and especially MWB, for your very detailed one. I love it that your Mum got the autograph ... she must be an attractive lady.  ;)

I have only one question ...
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2.   Unforgiven : Scene where Elroy admitted killing his first person

Elroy?  ???
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: the stranger on October 08, 2003, 05:56:27 AM
 ;D Ha ha ha I'm sure you are palooka, good to have you here! ;)
WHERE ARE YOU NUMBER 3!!!!
Show yourself! ;D
-Stranger-
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: the stranger on October 08, 2003, 05:59:03 AM
 ??? Do you mean MWB KC? ???
-Stranger-
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: mgk on October 08, 2003, 07:37:52 AM
All of these "first-hand" reports have been very enjoyable to read.  I am so thrilled that so many of you were able to attend.

Thanks for sharing.  :)
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: Gant on October 08, 2003, 09:17:06 AM
One thing I did notice was a guy in the back foyer signing a book for someone who obviouisly knew him.. I couldn't see the cover of the book but in big letters just inside were printed Clint Eastwood. Anyone any ideas who this was.
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: vik on October 08, 2003, 11:30:59 AM
the movie was Brilliant and the Man was brilliant -  what more can one say or expect from the BEST

- glad MWB was there to remember it all - like Palooka i was just glad to be there
 
- what the hell were the questions from the floor - glad they thought hard about what they wanted to say - what a waste

- on the talk i thought Clint was awesome he was so cool and amusing  

-- don't know how they could have gone through the whole talk though without mentioning the outlaw josey wales

-- and lastly thank you to "The Guardian"  and "NFT"
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: Lilly on October 08, 2003, 05:25:46 PM
The BFI have a page HERE (http://www.bfi.org.uk/news/stories/2003-10-08-clinteastwood.html) with a couple of photos from last night.  I see there is also a link to a page of Guardian interviews at the NFT, with audio clips, so hopefully they'll add Clint soon.

(http://www.bfi.org.uk/news/pictures/2003-10-08-clinteastwood_a.jpg)
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: Matt on October 08, 2003, 09:20:14 PM
I enjoyed reading all these accounts, too.

And welcome to the board, all ye lurkers who have finally officially joined us. Hope you'll continue to post in our discussions.
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: No 3 on October 09, 2003, 02:00:30 PM
  Ok Stranger, thought I'd better turn myself in.
   Yes, as the name suggests I was the man in third place in the beggers queue at the NFT.
     Nice meeting you and Philo and even better seeing you in the actual  interview.I thought at one point the Stranger had  missed out.Well done!and even more 'well done' at Parky's own show you lucky punks ;)(that's Philo too).
     1st class night for me too.Worth the trip,sorry pilgrimage,from Stoke,walking through London at 5a.m., spending 45 mins in half-sleep on a park bench and queuing for several hours outside the NFT.
    Managed to get up-close to Clint just after the interview.My brother saw Clint in Las Vegas years ago and delights in telling me, so it's good to level the score at 1-1 ;D
     'Thanks' to this site and Sartana's original post, without which I'd still be waiting for the day.
   I'll prize that no3 queuing voucher more than the actual ticket :) :D ;D
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: Gant on October 09, 2003, 03:19:41 PM
Yeah.. that goes for me too. Thanks Sartana. Your post  put me on track to the phone and our tickets to a fantastic night,  so thanks again.

Philo/Stranger.. strange question, but have either of you guys got tatoos ?
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: the stranger on October 09, 2003, 03:29:13 PM
No3!!! ;D ;D Oh man, good to see you here!
..and glad you took my advice and signed up!
Great to see you here man..
..and nice to say we actually meet a board member that night :D

Gant? What's happening man ;)
YES ???
I have a tattoo? ???
Tell me more, I'm worrying a little now???
As far as I can remember I was on my best behavior that night? :-\
-Stranger-
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: Matt on October 09, 2003, 03:38:35 PM
Inquring minds want to know. Let's hear it, Gant!
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: philo on October 09, 2003, 08:18:32 PM
Well I am finally back on the board having caught up with some sleep.
Problems with with so called great Hi Def equipment saw that I only got two hours sleep before meeting Stranger early on Tues morning.


No 3 (what a great name)

I have to repeat the story of when we met you.....

No 3 mentioned that he knew about the event from reading it here. Stranger said that we wrote here as well and said .....

I am Stranger the is is Philo ....

No 3 said "Oh so your Philo"

I said "Errr yes" thinking what is this guy going to say next and what he did say was very nice. However ......

It did make me think about how many people must read what we all write here.  :-[

Gant ....

I have no tattoos


Philo .
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: right turn clyde on October 09, 2003, 10:43:17 PM
Philo, If you go to http://www.skin-design.co.uk/samples.htm you could get your signed Alcatraz script tattooed across your chest  ;)
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: Gant on October 09, 2003, 11:35:26 PM
Ha ! Nothin' to worry about guys.
There was a couple of chaps deep in Eastwood conversation at the bar. One of em was coverd in tatoos.. I was just wondering if they were the dynamic duo Philo and Stranger.. guess not.

Damn... I can't believe I missed the chance to get Tarby's autograph.... ;)
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: sartana on October 10, 2003, 12:29:36 AM

     'Thanks' to this site and Sartana's original post, without which I'd still be waiting for the day.
   I'll prize that no3 queuing voucher more than the actual ticket :) :D ;D

No worries!  ;D It was  great to see Clint in the flesh, but i couldn't help but feel a bit cheated by the fact it was Parkinson doing the interviewing.  It's still annoying me that he let Tarbuck ask a question. ??? Had a few drinks (free!) in the bar after, it's a shame Clint didn't stick around.
Right, back to work. ::)
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: right turn clyde on October 10, 2003, 02:04:08 AM
He has just been interviewed on GM:TV. I was at the gym and they had the sound turned off so I don't know what he was saying, probably telling the viewers what a nice crowd were at the NFT!
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: sartana on October 10, 2003, 02:11:19 AM
Hi,
The Guardian have the NFT interview on their site.

http://film.guardian.co.uk/interview/interviewpages/0,6737,1058722,00.html

 :)

Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: sartana on October 10, 2003, 02:13:13 AM
2nd time lucky!  ::)

Here's the link to the main Guardian film site:

http://film.guardian.co.uk/
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: philo on October 10, 2003, 03:34:09 AM
Philo, If you go to http://www.skin-design.co.uk/samples.htm you could get your signed Alcatraz script tattooed across your chest  ;)


Now there would be dedication for you  ::)


Philo .
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: Hammerhead on October 14, 2003, 05:03:23 AM
As someone who's been a "lurker" around here for a while now, I just wanted to say thanks to everyone for posting their tales about this great event.

Although I am insanely jealous of you all it is great to know that there is still hope for me to meet Clint someday.

I used to be quite obsessive about Clint when I was younger, but drifted away when he was releasing the likes of True Crime etc. However, buying the Dirty Harry films on DVD rekindled my interest, and I am really quite excited about seeing Mystic River, so much so that I intend to go along on the first day. I haven't done that since In the Line of Fire 10 years ago, when I went right after school!

So thanks again. This board has done a great job of reminding me why I loved Clint in the first place.
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: the stranger on October 14, 2003, 01:50:32 PM
Well thanks Hammerhead, nice to have you around, really good of you to make such a comment ;)
-Stranger-
Title: Re: Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: bossstar123 on January 04, 2013, 06:53:27 AM
Hello

I am new here and came across your website  last night.

Had to join as being a Eastwood fan myself I have to post my experience's here.
Start with being in this one.

2003-how time has flown by..

NFT-missed getting tickets myself for this but it worked out in the end.


There was also a screening being shown at Warner Brothers (Leceister Sq) the same time they was showing it at NFT. He had turned up there just before  he went to NFT.
Apparently signed for a few people.
Anyway I was one of the people to be standing out in the cold waiting for him to come out.
The audience started coming out and I took my chance and sneaked past the security to go back in.
At that moment CE was standing near the VIP room having press take his photo.
I took the opportunity and got my DVD of Good,the bad the ugly signed by him.  :)
If anyone took any photos of him inside, I would love to see  as I may be in them ppplllllsssseeeeeee  8) 8)
here is the autograph.
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/820/eastwoodclint2.jpg/
 
Title: Re: Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: bossstar123 on January 04, 2013, 06:55:01 AM
If you want to see my auto--please ask and I will post it on here.

I have had plenty of other op's with CE and will share with you when I get the chance.
Title: Re: Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: KC on January 04, 2013, 07:44:58 AM
Welcome to the Eastwood Web Board, bossstar123! Thanks for sharing your experience with us, and we'd be glad to see any of your autographs and pictures. 8)
Title: Re: Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: bossstar123 on January 04, 2013, 08:01:45 AM
Welcome to the Eastwood Web Board, bossstar123! Thanks for sharing your experience with us, and we'd be glad to see any of your autographs and pictures. 8)
Thank you and I will when I get the chance.

The first time I met him was in 2003 in Canne for Mystic River.

Will post soon and  I found a video with me in it  8) 8) 8)
Title: Re:Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: bossstar123 on January 04, 2013, 12:16:05 PM
Great film, one of his best directing efforts. Watched the film then there was a 20 minute break. Dina and friends came into the audience. Christopher Frayling was there. Interview was a bit dull. All the usual replies to Q's eg Warners didn't want to pay him to direct Misty, outlived his critics etc. Did say he would definately only Direct OR Act in the future and not both as Bloodwork tired him out. Would do a Western with the right story. Admires Hitchcock, Hawks Siegel & Leone. Asked any Directors alive he admired and he said Wolfgang Peterson and Das Boat (Boot). He's not keen on modern blockbusters and Ben & J. Lo (good man!) but does like watcking animated films (Finding Nemo) with his young kids. I didn't take notes so have probably missed stuff out. He got booed by the crowd on his way out!! Fans and press queued for hours and his car was backed up to the door. No photo's or even a wave as he got into car. Managed a few snaps though  ;) I was stood next to him in the foyer, but all the conversation was just people congratulating him etc.  A great night though, superb film and nice to actually see him after all these years. RTC. PS He's not that tall!! I'm 6'4" and was standing by him, he's 6'1"- 6'2" at most which was a real surprise!!
Hi.
Don't suppose you could share the pics you took in the foyer.. I was there.:-)
Title: Re: Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: bossstar123 on January 06, 2013, 03:16:41 AM
Hello

I am new here and came across your website  last night.

Had to join as being a Eastwood fan myself I have to post my experience's here.
Start with being in this one.

2003-how time has flown by..

NFT-missed getting tickets myself for this but it worked out in the end.


There was also a screening being shown at Warner Brothers (Leceister Sq) the same time they was showing it at NFT. He had turned up there just before  he went to NFT.
Apparently signed for a few people.
Anyway I was one of the people to be standing out in the cold waiting for him to come out.
The audience started coming out and I took my chance and sneaked past the security to go back in.
At that moment CE was standing near the VIP room having press take his photo.
I took the opportunity and got my DVD of Good,the bad the ugly signed by him.  :)
If anyone took any photos of him inside, I would love to see  as I may be in them ppplllllsssseeeeeee  8) 8)

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/820/eastwoodclint2.jpg/
just posted the auto ;-)
Title: Re: Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: higashimori on January 06, 2013, 08:42:09 PM

I read this thread for the first time and loved it.  :)  All the guys who participated to the NFT would have a wonderful experience!!  O0

Thanks bossstar123, for making me discover this thread.  :)
And welcome to this board!   But you put for about 10 years to join everyone?!  :o


BTW....
 
I was staying in Munich one time and I took the train up to Bayreuth the day they were doing Tristan und Isolde. It had been sold out for maybe a year, so I told myself I was just doing it to see the sights in the town. And what do you know ... I GOT A TICKET. (Bought it from someone in a group that had one ticket too many for some reason or other.)

Still one of the best memories of my opera-going career.  8)

What coincidence for that!?  This year, we hear a lot about Bayreuth!!
Because this year is the anniversary of 200 years of Wagner!!  :angel:

 Wilhelm Richard Wagner (22 mai 1813, Leipzig - 13 février 1883, Venise)

 http://www.dw.de/top-stories/wagner-200/s-31774

 http://voix-des-arts.blogspot.fr/2012/12/celebrating-200-years-of-verdi-and.html

Title: Re: Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: KC on January 06, 2013, 10:37:14 PM
^ Yes, though the Wagner bicentennial is just a BIT off topic in this thread! ;D
Title: Re: Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: bossstar123 on January 07, 2013, 02:21:46 PM
I read this thread for the first time and loved it.  :)  All the guys who participated to the NFT would have a wonderful experience!!  O0

Thanks bossstar123, for making me discover this thread.  :)
And welcome to this board!   But you put for about 10 years to join everyone?!  :o


BTW....
 
What coincidence for that!?  This year, we hear a lot about Bayreuth!!
Because this year is the anniversary of 200 years of Wagner!!  :angel:

 Wilhelm Richard Wagner (22 mai 1813, Leipzig - 13 février 1883, Venise)

 http://www.dw.de/top-stories/wagner-200/s-31774

 http://voix-des-arts.blogspot.fr/2012/12/celebrating-200-years-of-verdi-and.html
No probs.... Just came about this thanks to google
Title: Re: Clint Eastwood at the NFT - London
Post by: palooka on January 08, 2013, 12:01:41 AM
Fabulous to re-visit this thread. My first ever posts on this forum after a while lurking after a night where I got to see Clint in person for the first time.