Clint Eastwood said that one movie script changed his life forever. Sophia Loren agreed.

"The minute I read it I liked it."

Clint Eastwood was famous during his time as Rowdy Yates on Rawhide. His steely visage was beamed into millions of homes each week as he led the cattle home. But that level of notoriety couldn't even marginally compare to the celebrity and renown Eastwood would gain in his film career. 

According to Eastwood, the big turning point in his career was a movie he made in Spain for an Italian production company. Fans of Spaghetti Westerns will doubtlessly remember Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars, the first in a trilogy of movies that catapulted Eastwood to international superstardom. In 1965, he told the Associated Press the story of how that movie changed everything, and how it caught the eye of one famous admirer.

"I was heading for the annual between-season layoff of Rawhide last year when my agent sent me this script," he said. "I told him on the phone I wasn't interested. I wanted to work on my golf game."

"But then he said, 'Look, it would give you a chance to go to Europe.' I'd never been to Europe, so I said, okay, I'd read the script.

"The minute I read it I liked it."

The audiences liked it as well, en masse. In 1965, A Fistful of Dollars had not yet been screened for fans in the United States. However, its European release turned Eastwood into a big name almost instantly. 

"The first time I went to Italy, I just sneaked in," he said. "I had a beard, but it didn't matter. Nobody knew me anyway. And no one paid me any attention.

"But this [second] time, I was mobbed. I'd walk down the Via Veneto and people would come up and ask for my autograph. I was wined and dined and treated like a king."

One of the heads Eastwood turned belonged to one of the biggest stars in classic Hollywood cinema. According to the Associated Press, Sophia Loren asked a friend, "Who is this man Clint Eastwood?" She continued, "He's the biggest male star in Italy and I've never met him."

The Rawhide star was flattered, stating, "That's news to me. But if the lady wants to meet me, I'd sure enjoy meeting her."

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Spaceseed 4 months ago
The Outlaw Josey Wales and Kelly’s Heroes are high on my list of faves.
BrittReid Spaceseed 4 months ago
Where Eagles Dare
TereF 4 months ago
Yes, like everyone else, I loved the Eastwood Westerns and the Dirty Harry series, but my favorite movie of Clint's is Play Misty for Me. What a thriller and he is the epitome of cool in it!! ❤️
The_Eva TereF 4 months ago
There are so many of his movies I love, it’s hard to single one out. Play Misty for Me was excellent! I also loved Bloodwork, The Gauntlet, Gran Torino, Absolute Power, all the Dirty Harry’s and Two Mules for Sister Sarah! These have to be my top picks.😊
Spaceseed The_Eva 4 months ago
Kelly’s Heroes.
Batcats TereF 4 months ago
Play Misty was an awesome movie, really creepy. I loved that movie the 1st time I saw it & still watch reruns when it comes on the movie channels - don't want to watch w/commercials, movie would lose the mystery.
Batcats TereF 4 months ago
Sudden Impact was also a great movie. Sandra Locke was a wonderful avenger. Clint & Sandra acted well together despite the fact that their long-term relationship ended when filming 1st began - never would have known if I hadn't read an article about Sandra Locke. Goes to show the caliber of their acting, not letting personal issues interfere w/the quality of their work.
BrittReid TereF 4 months ago
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Clint Eastwood said that one movie script changed his life forever. Sophia Loren agreed.
"The minute I read it I liked it."
February 27, 2024, 9:24AM By MeTV Staff


Clint Eastwood was famous during his time as Rowdy Yates on Rawhide. His steely visage was beamed into millions of homes each week as he led the cattle home. But that level of notoriety couldn't even marginally compare to the celebrity and renown Eastwood would gain in his film career.

According to Eastwood, the big turning point in his career was a movie he made in Spain for an Italian production company. Fans of Spaghetti Westerns will doubtlessly remember Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars, the first in a trilogy of movies that catapulted Eastwood to international superstardom. In 1965, he told the Associated Press the story of how that movie changed everything, and how it caught the eye of one famous admirer.

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Clint Eastwood was close to quitting show business when he was cast in ''Rawhide''
"I was heading for the annual between-season layoff of Rawhide last year when my agent sent me this script," he said. "I told him on the phone I wasn't interested. I wanted to work on my golf game."

"But then he said, 'Look, it would give you a chance to go to Europe.' I'd never been to Europe, so I said, okay, I'd read the script.

"The minute I read it I liked it."

The audiences liked it as well, en masse. In 1965, A Fistful of Dollars had not yet been screened for fans in the United States. However, its European release turned Eastwood into a big name almost instantly.

"The first time I went to Italy, I just sneaked in," he said. "I had a beard, but it didn't matter. Nobody knew me anyway. And no one paid me any attention.

"But this [second] time, I was mobbed. I'd walk down the Via Veneto and people would come up and ask for my autograph. I was wined and dined and treated like a king."

One of the heads Eastwood turned belonged to one of the biggest stars in classic Hollywood cinema. According to the Associated Press, Sophia Loren asked a friend, "Who is this man Clint Eastwood?" She continued, "He's the biggest male star in Italy and I've never met him."

The Rawhide star was flattered, stating, "That's news to me. But if the lady wants to meet me, I'd sure enjoy meeting her."


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I met Mr. Eastwood (briefly) in 1993 while living in exile after a failed marriage. I was staying with my brother and his actress wife who was chums with Frances Fisher. I came home from the studio I worked at to find Fisher and her beau Clint visiting my brothers actress wife. Talk about awkward. I was introduced, exchanged greetings, shook Mr. Eastwood's hand. I could tell that he would really rather be somewhere else. I excused myself by mentioning that I had been working 16 hour days at the studio where I was working and had to get some sleep. Mr. Eastwood seemed to appreciate my candor, asked me what project I was working on, we had a brief discussion, exchanged pleasantries and I went off to bed. Fisher and Eastwood broke up shortly after this point in time.
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Danman13
9 hours ago
Awesome
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BrittReid
19 hours ago
Inspector Callahan
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cperrynaples BrittReid
16 hours ago
Dirty Harry was much later!
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Runeshaper
22 hours ago
Clint is AWESOME and I'm glad he made all of those westerns!
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cperrynaples Runeshaper
16 hours ago
Yep, he did 3 for Leone, the others being For A Few Dollars More and The Good, The Bad & The Ugly!
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BrittReid 4 months ago
Inspector Callahan
cperrynaples BrittReid 4 months ago
Dirty Harry was much later!
BrittReid cperrynaples 4 months ago
Yeah a whole six years. Thats 'Much"
Runeshaper 4 months ago
Clint is AWESOME and I'm glad he made all of those westerns!
cperrynaples Runeshaper 4 months ago
Yep, he did 3 for Leone, the others being For A Few Dollars More and The Good, The Bad & The Ugly!
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