I have to admit that I've spent much of my life keeping my distance from Clint Eastwood, largely due to his cowboy past and 'man of the the west' reputation. It also doesn't help that I've just never been wowed into seeing Clint Eastwood films -- our tastes are just very different. That being said, I enjoyed a recent interview between the filmmaker and Philip French for The Guardian. While Eastwood has more machismo than I can sink my teeth into, the director is pretty damned sensible.

Perhaps the key to Eastwood's success is his no-fuss attitude. The man seems to be entirely free of neurosis, and just knows when he wants to do something. He looks, he likes, he shoots. This obviously saves him a lot of time, and he just can't understand those who say that making more than one film in a year is an "impossible feat," calling to mind directors of the past like Howard Hawks who made a number of films each year, or the B-movie directors who churn out film after film. It also probably helps that he doesn't get involved with scripts that get bogged down with re-writes and drama before they ever get to the big screen.

Eastwood intersperses the cinema talk with a dash of politics. He chides those who bash a film's themes without seeing it (Million Dollar Baby), and then makes a dig at Republicans: "I'm not really conservative. I'm conservative on certain things. I believe in less government. I believe in fiscal responsibility and all those things that maybe Republicans used to believe in but don't any more." Snap! The rest of the interview talks about a potential film with Alfred Hitchcock (that didn't come to fruition because of the famous director's health), Unforgiven as his last western and the path and rationale that led him to Flags of Our Fathers andThe Letters of Iwo Jima. He might not have won last night, but I have this funny feeling that he'll have plenty of future chances, considering the way his last four films have been received.