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« on: September 29, 2003, 09:00:05 PM »


Clint is to address the Oxford union next month.

Film critic Barry Norman will be interviewing him at the site of higher learning.

No date apart from next month.

Just announced on UK radio .



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« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2003, 10:07:21 PM »

Thanks, Philo! Lilly actually mentioned this back in August ... in this thread ... but the post is buried pretty deep here now, so it's good to have a reminder.

If you find any stories about this in the British press, maybe you'd like to add them here? Thanks!
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« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2003, 10:09:34 PM »

According to this story from Sky News, the date is Oct. 9 ...

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DIRTY HARRY GOES TO UNI
 
Movie legend Clint Eastwood is to address the Oxford Union.

The star will be interviewed by TV film critic Barry Norman when he appears at the historic debating society on October 9. ...

Oxford Union president Marcus Walker said he was delighted Eastwood had agreed to visit the Union.

"He isn't just going to make my day, he will make my term," he said.

Eastwood will be talking about his Hollywood career and his forthcoming film, Mystic River.

The film is based on the novel by Dennis Lehane and tells the story of three childhood friends brought together 25 years later by a murder. ..
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« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2003, 11:34:26 AM »

KC, do you know anything about Barry Norman? :)
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« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2003, 12:36:37 PM »


In a post production capacity I worked with Barry for over 10 years. When he was hosting the BBC's film programme he would come and see new movies at the screening rooms where I was working at that time.

He started off in Fleet St before moving to television. He is a very nice guy and if he was ever filming at the theatres always included me by introducing me to whoever he was interviewing.

He is the son of the well known British director Leslie Norman.



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« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2003, 08:53:15 AM »

 ;) ...and he lives in Hertfordshire!
........and why not? ;D ;D
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« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2003, 11:27:15 AM »

he was the best film night host
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« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2003, 11:35:20 AM »

..... and he nearly came to blows with John Wayne and DeNiro... brave man.  ;D

Actually I can remember him interviewing Clint a couple of times. Once just before the release of Any Which Way You Can and again in Cannes for Pale Rider.
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« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2003, 07:50:03 AM »

 ;DIam fortunate enough to live in Oxford U.K.so i am really looking forward to visiting the Oxford Union and seeing the great man in the flesh.
  I intend to take loads of pictures and hopfully post a few on this site!You never know imight get to met the great man himself WOW.
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« Reply #9 on: October 04, 2003, 07:34:52 AM »

That's great, krml ... I hope you succeed!

Welcome to the Eastwood Web Board! (I love your username.)
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« Reply #10 on: October 07, 2003, 08:18:58 AM »

     Ive just called the Oxford Union and was informed that i shouldn,t bother trying to get a glimpse of Clint(unless i,ve got a ticket,members only)as he would be arriving and going straight into the Union with out stopping :-\
    None the less i will still attempt to get a few photos ;)
and feel sure that he will at least acknowledge the crowd  :)
    If all else fails at least i can say i stood on the same street as him........... 8)COOL.
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« Reply #11 on: October 09, 2003, 02:17:47 PM »

Heres some photos of Clint at Oxford: (both from Yahoo!)



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American actor Clint Eastwood arrives at the Oxford Union, in Oxford, England, on Thursday Oct. 9, 2003, where he is scheduled to deliver a speech after attending a dinner hosted by the Student Union. (AP Photo/Martyn Hayhow)



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American actor Clint Eastwood, center, with current student union President Marcus Walker, left, and past president Ambrose Faulk, right, at the Oxford Union, in Oxford University, England, Thursday Oct. 9, 2003. Eastwood is scheduled to attend a dinner prior to addressing the Oxford Union, Oxford's debating society. (AP Photo/ Martyn Hayhow)

Its nice to see Harry Potter could stop by.  ;D
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« Reply #12 on: October 10, 2003, 05:17:46 AM »

I found this on the BBC website this morning:

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By Chris Heard                                                                
BBC News Online entertainment staff

BBC News Online joins Clint Eastwood as he addresses members of the Oxford Union debating society.

Secretly, of course, we were all rather hoping The Enforcer would turn his guns on The Terminator.

As one tough guy actor-turned  politician settled into office in California, the man who blazed the trail 17 years earlier was in the UK indulging in a verbal shootout in the rarefied atmosphere of the Oxford debating chamber.

In the end, though, the diplomatic   former mayor of Carmel was any which way but loose with his tongue about his Hollywood colleague.

"I wish him the greatest of luck," said Eastwood of Arnold Schwarzenegger, newly-elected governor of California.

"I hope he does great things. God knows California needs it right now, a fiscally responsible citizen."

Hinting at a possibly greater esteem in which Eastwood is held by some Californians, he added: "It's nice when people call you the governor and you don't have to be."                              

The actor-director did take one snipe - but his target was pretty much a sitting duck - the state of modern-day Hollywood.                            

He made some mild criticism of studio executives for a lack of knowledge of film history - but this was the nearest we came to seeing the Bad or the Ugly side of Eastwood. Tonight was never going to be about him playing the mean-looking guy in the poncho.                            
     
Introduced as "a living legend", he arrived in the Victorian oak-panelled chamber a minute before 2100BST to warm applause and cheers from the 600 students, acknowledging his greeting with a short bow.                                  

The famous tall, slender frame of The Man With No Name and "Dirty" Harry Callahan, in light brown suit with tie, walked slowly to the front of the hall in his subtle designer trainers - "he always wears them," said his PR - and sat on a red velvet throne-like chair.                              

"I do think some of you might have applauded Clint Eastwood as well," said his interviewer Barry Norman, setting the tone for a night of the critic's typically deft yet inoffensive inquiry.                            

Explaining his half-hour delay, Eastwood said: "We should have been here a lot sooner but we were having some crumble in the other room."                            

At 73, he looked fit and lean - the swept grey hair, the fine cheekbones - and lived up to his laconic image with a series of dry anecdotes and sharp-witted responses.                              

He held court through 70 minutes of questioning, touching on subjects as diverse as his spaghetti westerns, the critics, jazz, Shakespeare, the Oscars, his film heroes - and even Newcastle Brown Ale.                            

There was plenty of humour as Eastwood and Norman exchanged some lively banter.                            
     
Eastwood joked that he had attended Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar some years ago - like Bill Clinton - and Norman replied: "I am sure if you were here, you did inhale."                            

"Actually my first name is Clinton," Eastwood countered. "But I never got into some of the habits he did. Maybe some of them but not that one."                            

At his first mention of the words "Do you feel lucky?" - Inspector Callahan's immortal line from 1971 - the packed house erupted.                            

The loudest cheers were saved for his response to a questioner who offered him the fantasy of a .44 Magnum to test whether the journalists present "felt lucky".                            

"I could take care of the press gallery," he grinned.                            

Hollywood's unfazable hard man was in his stride as he batted off a student's lame joke-question: "I hope that the youth of Oxford can come up with a few better than that."                            

Then to a silver-bearded septuagenarian inquisitor: "You must be one of the young students."                            

Before his final ovation, a moment of screen detective history as two great fictional crime-solvers were united by a gift to Eastwood from Colin Dexter, creator of Inspector Morse, Oxford's very British take on the genre.                            

Go ahead Lewis. Make my day.

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« Reply #13 on: October 10, 2003, 07:16:23 AM »

Nice find eustressor
A good read!
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« Reply #14 on: October 10, 2003, 12:11:54 PM »

Here's an article I found on the web (source)

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By Cahal Milmo, 10 October 2003

While that other Republican cinema hero was getting to grips with running the world's fifth-largest economy, Clint Eastwood went for what appeared to be the easy option last night - an inquisition at the hands of Barry Norman and 470 Oxford students.

But the 73-year-old actor and director faced a rigorous examination of his thoughts on issues from Californian politics to Hamlet and Newcastle Brown Ale in the packed debating chamber of the Oxford Union.

Eastwood was asked by Norman why he had not been tempted to enter California's recall election and run for governor. Eastwood said that the limit of his political ambitions had been his two-year stint as Mayor of Carmel, the Californian seaside town where he lives. He said: "People started thinking that I was going to use Carmel as a springboard for some sort of senatorial post or maybe governor. But I had no ambitions to go further.''

Eastwood gave a luke-warm endorsement to his fellow Republican, Arnold Schwarzenegger, saying: "Arnie makes a fine Governor. If he progresses forward I wish him the greatest of luck. God knows, California needs it.''

The impresario had been ushered in to the debating hall under the close supervision of a large coterie of burly minders from Warner Bros, the Hollywood giant for whom Eastwood has made $1.5bn (£900m). But there was little that his minders could do to protect him from a range of random, but testing, questions. Asked why he had not yet given his Hamlet, Eastwood said: "You have got to know your limitations. I don't see myself doing Hamlet. It isn't native to me. It might be a great challenge. But it might involve a great disaster.''

And then came the strangest question; was it true that he had a soft spot for Newcastle Brown Ale?

Eastwood replied: "My experience of Newcastle Brown is when I went to Newcastle and everybody told me the beer might make me go blind. It sounded a bit drastic but I tried a few and they were good. I didn't have a hangover. I didn't try that much.''

While most were delighted, others were unmoved. The Rev David Johnson, the Union's chaplain, said: "Clint Eastwood is a ludicrous man. I have better things to do. If it was Olivier, though, I would have listened.

© 2003 Independent Digital (UK) Ltd
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« Reply #15 on: October 14, 2003, 05:07:20 AM »

 Thurs 9th Oct 2003.
Today Clint came to Oxford.....w 8)w.

He is arriving at 8.30 pm so i will finish work and head straight into town with time to spare.....WRONG.

My Wife calls me to say that he is now coming at 6.30 pm......AAAAHHHH. Don,t panic.

Be extra nice to boss and finish early,great.

As i head to town i,m thinking i might just make this,
until a very large slow red bus pulls out in front if me.
What is usually a journey of about twenty minutes has now turned into a crawl a snail would be proud of on the longest road in the history of roads.

On the radio the young chirpy DJ is happily telling me that Clint is on his way.YIPPPEEE.
and where am i? Stuck behind the bus from hell.

But just as i,m considering the pavement the bus pulls over to pick up.
Great, nows my chance.I put my foot down and cover two miles in about two minutes.

Now i know what your thinking, did i jump six red lights or only five........?

Anyway, i finally get to the Oxford Union where there must be about 100+ eigar? Eastwood fans.
The atmosphere calm but very exciting.

Perhaps i should have worn something to make me stand out a bit from the crowd so he would see me,
Like a poncho and stetson or may be a space suit?
No, i would just look silly so i wore my usual leopard skin thong pink fluffy cowboy boots and matching tutu.
Just kidding!

At aprox 7.30.pm two silver mercs appeared around the corner and slowly cruised towards us.
The first one pulled up right next to where i was standing.Could Clint really be sat behind that dark glass not two feet from where i,m standing?

Sure enough ,as the door opened , out stepped the great man himself.

Unfortunatly the next ten seconds was a complete blur.
Four burly minders quickly escorted Clint thru the main gate and he was GONE.
Just having chance to briefly turn and smile to his fans.

I feel sure that Clint would have been more than happy to stop and pose for a few photos,even for one minute, but it seems the over zealous minders had other ideas.
(Although i did manage to get a great pic of the back of his head.)
But saying that they are only doing there job which was to protect the Clint Eastwood.

On his exit at about 10.30 the minder situation was much the same , but this time Clint was walking towards us so the view was so much better.
As he approached he smiled, waved and climbed into his car, and gone.

As i child i watched Eastwood films with my father and i now realise that i have been a fan ever since those early days.I dont think any other actor has had ,or will ever have an impact like Clint Eastwood.

To see him in the flesh and so close is something i will never forget.
                        Cheers Clint, you realy did .......
                        ........MAKE MY DAY.

                                     krml.      

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« Reply #16 on: October 15, 2003, 10:55:27 AM »

Well done Rev Johnson.. nice to see the church with it's finger on the pulse...... ;) ;D
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