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« Reply #40 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.
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« Reply #41 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.
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« Reply #42 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)
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« Reply #43 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
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« Reply #44 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!!
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« Reply #45 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!.
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« Reply #46 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! ;)
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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?
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« Reply #47 on: October 08, 2003, 05:42:29 AM »

Alas, I was number 34. But I'm still a nice guy!
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« Reply #48 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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Elroy?  ???
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« Reply #49 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
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« Reply #50 on: October 08, 2003, 05:59:03 AM »

 ??? Do you mean MWB KC? ???
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« Reply #51 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.  :)
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« Reply #52 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.
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« Reply #53 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"
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« Reply #54 on: October 08, 2003, 05:25:46 PM »

The BFI have a page HERE 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.

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« Reply #55 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.
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« Reply #56 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
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« Reply #57 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 ?
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« Reply #58 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? :-\
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« Reply #59 on: October 09, 2003, 03:38:35 PM »

Inquring minds want to know. Let's hear it, Gant!
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