“The way I look at it is, acting is something I do, it’s something I like, but it doesn’t define me as a man. It’s not everything. And it shouldn’t be everything. Your happiness as a human shouldn’t ever be wrapped up in one thing like that.”
Eastwood has a familiar look about him, and a jaw like an anvil with the eyes of a brand-new baby cherub. We’ve all encountered charmed egos, so at first, you don’t believe these words, but as he continues they start to pick up some weight. Eastwood may truly believe acting is not his singular calling—but damned if he’s not getting good at it.
Scott Eastwood, who, in the eyes of many, is the son of “Dirty” Harry Callahan, Monco, “Blondie,” Josey Wales, Bronco Billy, Joe—is truly just the son of Clint Eastwood and former flight attendant Jacelyn Reeves. He grew up both with his mother on the big island in Hawaii and his father on a ranch in Carmel, CA—traveling to film sets in L.A. when he was out of school—where he would eventually graduate from high school in 2003.
Eastwood started acting a few years after graduating high school. First in his his dad’s film, Flags of our Fathers (2006), [Editor’s note: The actor was credited as Scott Reeves] where he played Private Roberto Lundsford, and had a single, memorable line: “You actually chose the Marines because they had the best uniforms?” The actor was just warming up, and in a fit of wanderlust Eastwood ditched Hollywood for a year, setting out for Australia. To explore, stretch his wings, and flex his sovereignty.
“When I was 21 I packed up all my stuff, put it in storage, kind of freaked out on L.A. and I moved to Australia. I lived there for about a year. I bought a one-way ticket. I moved to the gold coast, lived there for a little bit, then I met some people, and traveled down the coast. I lived in Sydney for a bit, and Melbourne—I traveled the whole country.”
He’d met a friend on a plane coming back from a separate trip who was making the move to Australia, and on a whim, jumped ship, “I was at a place in my life where I needed change. I needed to get out of L.A. and experience a different part of life and so I did it. I said I’ll meet you out there.”
Over the next few years Scott Eastwood would work up from parts in his father’s films, Gran Torino (2008) and Invictus (2009)—all of which he properly auditioned for—to parts in various indie films.
There is an element of the old adage “pick yourself up by your bootstraps” in Eastwood. One would imagine it’s conditioned from his rugged father, or an innate need to prove people wrong—but something about those assumptions seems off-base. It’s more likely that it is Eastwood’s desire to make a difference in a meaningful way, to forge his own path consciously and constructively.
“I’m not a material guy at all—people can get caught up in what they have or don’t have. My mom used to say ‘there’s always going to be people that have less than you and there’s always going to be people who have more than you and it doesn’t matter. That’s not what life’s about.’ Life is about how you affect people in a positive way while you’re on this planet.”
And it seems to be working, having locked up parts in Fury (2014) and starring in the upcoming The Longest Ride, from the Nicholas Sparks book of the same name. [Editor’s note: previous actors that have benefited from a Sparks novel-turned-film: Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams (The Notebook), Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried (Dear John), Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth (The Last Song).] There’s also the role in Oliver Stone’s much-publicized Edward Snowden biopic, where Eastwood is set to play the leader of a group of NSA agents, and will be featured alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley.
The Longest Ride will be Eastwood’s first foray into the leading man spot; he’ll play a former champion bull rider. One imagines Eastwood took on the role with the same methodical consideration as his previous works, working every scene down to its minutiae:
Recently, a story emerged from the filming of Fury—a WWII tank drama in which Eastwood found himself cast with Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf: Pitt and LaBeouf had become attached to their tank after training for weeks in the war machine, cue Eastwood—playing the tobacco-chewing Sergeant Miles—going so far as to discharge his tobacco juice right onto the metal. Pitt and LaBeouf become miffed, the three men exchanged words, verging on fisticuffs, only to discover Eastwood’s character was meant to be spitting on the tank. It was in his script.
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