By John H. Foote
Never count Clint out.
The four-time Oscar-winning director-producer, now 88, plays the lead, directs and produces The Mule.
Warner Brothers dropped the trailer today and I must say it looks like vintage Eastwood.
The film tells the story of a senior citizen drug mule for a cartel, running drugs for the money, no more.
In 2004, Martin Scorsese and his Howard Hughes film The Aviator (2004) seemed headed for Oscar glory, finally, until Eastwood and Million Dollar Baby (2004) swept in at the last minute to grab the major awards.
Eastwood has never won an Oscar for Best Actor, though he was nominated for both Unforgiven (1992) and Million Dollar Baby (2004). He should have been nominated for Gran Torino (2008) but was snubbed. The Academy loves this man, and if the film is as good as the studio obviously thinks it is, counts on him to be in the mix.
Eastwood has twice won for Best Director and Best Producer, for Unforgiven (1992) his masterful western, and Million Dollar Baby (2004) his haunting love story with a dark twist. Nominations for Best Director and Best Picture came for Mystic River (2003) and Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), and the Best Picture nomination for American Sniper (2014).
Yesterday Christian Bale altered the race for Best Actor, today it is Eastwood. See? Nobody knows anything at the end of the day.
Watch the trailer for The Mule below
One of Canada’s best-known film critics, he spent 10 years on TV as co-host of Reel to Real, and another 10 in education (still writing as a critic) as Director of the Toronto Film School, where he created the curriculum for three programs and taught film history. Film has always been his passion. He has written for magazines such as Toronto Life, Fashion and Hollywood North, been quoted in the Los Angeles and New York Times, as well as the major Toronto dailies. Online he has written for such sites as The Wrap, In Contention, Awards Circuit and The Cinemaholic. His first book Clint Eastwood – Evolution of a Filmmaker, was published in 2010. His second Steven Spielberg: American Film Visionary, a massive volume, has just found a publisher and he’s working on American Film Renaissance – 1967-2018 with Nick Maylor. As a critic, he has had the good fortune to interview directors and stars such as Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, Robert Duvall, Emma Stone, Jane Fonda, and countless others. As he quips, “Everyone but Jack Nicholson!”