Movie star Clint Eastwood he has always been a well-respected veteran in the film industry. So when fellow director Ron Howard was embarrassed by the reception of a certain film, Howard was saved by Eastwood and the respect he commanded.
What Ron Howard admires about Clint Eastwood
Like many in the film industry, Howard has always had a great deal of admiration for his fellow actor-turned-filmmaker. On a professional level, Eastwood led Howard to believe that his directing skills would not peak as soon as Howard thought they would.
Eastwood began directing around the age of 40. However, he has also done some of his best work as a filmmaker during his much older years. It’s an achievement Howard himself aspired to replicate later in his life. According to the hollywood reporterHoward, once 35 years old, once believed that he would be in his cinematic prime in his 50s or 60s.
“Considering that Clint Eastwood is out with american sniperI think I can add another decade to that,” Howard said.
Eastwood also personally taught Howard how to avoid comparing himself to others in terms of talent and achievement.
“We are all constantly keeping score. You can not avoid it. But trying to take on other people in some measurable way is largely a waste of time. Look at Clint Eastwood and Ridley Scott, two guys who, creatively at least, inhabit their space in a way that I admire. I don’t know them well, but I don’t think they’re looking over their shoulders and wondering what people will think of them,” Howard once said in an interview with men’s diary.
Clint Eastwood once saved a humiliated Ron Howard from being booed at a film festival for ‘Willow’
Howard’s Willow was a 1988 science fiction fantasy film that George Lucas entrusted to Howard to direct. Over the years, the film has developed a bit of a cult following. Enough to spawn a TV series on Disney+ years later.
But initially, the film was not as well received, and Howard experienced a hurtful backlash just by screening the film. According to his daughter bryce dallas howardHowever, Eastwood stepped in to prevent an already awkward situation from escalating.
“My dad made a movie called Willow when I was a young filmmaker, which was shown at the Cannes film festival and people were booing it afterwards,” Dallas Howard once said. daily mail. “It was obviously very painful for him, and Clint, who I didn’t know at the time, stood up and gave him a standing ovation and then everyone else stood up because Clint did it.”
For Dallas Howard, the incident was just one of many examples of why he admired Eastwood. So much so that he even wanted Howard to direct the way Eastwood used to.
“Clint puts himself out there for the people,” he said. “As a director, he’s great, very relaxed, no yelling for ‘action’ or ‘cut’. He just says, ‘You know when you’re ready.’ I told my dad that he should do that!”
Ron Howard once said he’d love to direct ‘Willow’ again
Despite the situation at Cannes, Howard still held a special place in his heart for the feature years after directing it. In a Reddit AMA, she wouldn’t even have minded taking another shot at the project. With more experience under his belt, Howard felt that he would make a much better film than he had done before.
“George Lucas was so confident; He was still pretty green, I always say he was a bit like me doing my PhD working with George Lucas at that movie Willow. And I think today I could make it even more dynamic, I could make it cooler, I could make the fun stuff more fun, but all that being said, you know. Willow It was a great experience and I’m very happy that it lives on in people’s memories,” Howard said.