Eastwood recalls childhood dream to pack a gun and ride a horse

Stephane Mahe—Reuters
Director Clint Eastwood arrives at the70th Cannes Film Festival in France.

CANNES, France — Clint Eastwood was just
like any other American boy growing up on the Westerns of the
1930s and ’40s, he told a seminar at the Cannes Film Festival where he recounted his rise to movie star and acclaimed
director.”Every kid wanted to be in a Western and every kid wanted to
pack a gun and ride a horse,” Eastwood, 86, told admirers at a
master class he gave on the fringes of the festival.”So as a kid I liked [Westerns] very much.”After playing the Man with No Name in Sergio Leone’s
‘spaghetti Westerns’ in the 1960s, Eastwood became “Dirty” Harry
Callahan, the cop who broke all the rules.”A lot of people thought it was politically incorrect,” he
said of “Dirty Harry,” the 1971 film in which he points his .44
Magnum pistol at bad guys and asks them if they “feel lucky”
before he pulls the trigger.”That was at the beginning of the era that we’re in now
where everybody thinks everybody’s politically correct and we’re
killing ourselves by doing that, but we’ve lost our sense of
humor,” he said of the film’s critics.”Anyway, I made it, I thought it was interesting, and it was
daring at the time, and that was the only reason,” Eastwood said. “Big guns: it
was the ultimate kid’s dream.”