‘Trouble with the Curve’ Images: Clint Eastwood Returns to Acting

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trouble curve clint eastwood Trouble with the Curve Images: Clint Eastwood Returns to Acting

Clint Eastwood hasn’t appeared onscreen in four years, and the last time he acted under the direction of someone other than… well, himself was in 1993. The 82-year old Hollywood legend returns to the big screen in Trouble with the Curve from his protégé Robert Lorenz, who’s worked on-and-off as an assistant director and/or producer on Eastwood’s films (beginning with Bridges of Madison County).

Eastwood co-headlines Trouble with the Curve alongside three-peat Oscar-nominee Amy Adams. The supporting cast isn’t shabby either, including John Goodman, Justin Timberlake, Robert Patrick, Matthew Lillard (The Descendants), and semi-newcomer Joe Massingill.

Trouble with the Curve is a father-daughter relationship drama explored through the lens of an off-the-field sports drama. Newcomer Randy Brown’s script revolves around an Atlanta Braves scout (Eastwood) who on the verge of being put out to pasture, due to his diminishing eyesight and old-fashioned approach to recruiting players (obviously, he doesn’t subscribe to the Moneyball school of thought).

Eastwood’s character convinces his estranged daughter (Adams) to accompany and assist him on what could be his last assignment, to determine whether or not a promising power hitter (Massingill) has potential to make it in the big leagues. Timberlake plays a player-turned-scout who’s on good terms with Eastwood, but risks trouble when he starts getting too friendly with Adams.

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Lorenz has the opportunity to demonstrate the directorial tricks he’s picked up on working with Eastwood over the years, while establishing himself as a reputable storyteller on Trouble with the Curve (his feature-length directorial debut). The two-time Oscar nominee certainly works as efficiently as his mentor, given the six-month turnaround between the film’s production start date and its release this fall.

Moreover, Trouble with the Curve could satisfy as a capstone to Eastwood’s acting legacy, much like Unforgiven did for his days working in the western genre; not to mention, Gran Torino served as a swansong to his career playing characters who’re rough around the edges (ex. Harry Callahan). If Eastwood turns in a performance deemed awards-worthy by his peers, well, that’s icing on the cake.

Trouble with the Curve opens in U.S. theaters on September 28th, 2012.

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Source: EW 

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  1. Any chance to see Clint acting again is highly anticipated, even if he won’t be brandishing a firearm or beating up the bad guys anymore. He is one of the last true Hollywood legends around!

  2. He got ripped off by the Academy for Gran Torino. He was great and the movie was great. Will definitely be seeing this.

  3. We have seen precious little of Clint the actor of late. Only four films since 2000.
    My sense is Eastwood will be going out as he came in as actor not director.
    Box office has been disappointing for the films he directed since the
    great Gran Torino and film backers tend to back off after that.

    One of the last true legends as Jeff has mentioned.
    I will be trailing behind as Clint rides on his final trail.
    Whatever he does is enough. He’s already done it all.

  4. Eastwood is awesome he changed the world with his movies, my favorite is million dollar baby. I’ll definitely see this. I like Adams too funy Timberlake was the last person I imagined him working with, but they’ll probably be good together.

  5. For some reason, I can’t hate movies that have Matthew Lillard in them. Clint Eastwood is a great actor, so of course his movies are hard to hate also.

  6. Eastwood for the Kingdom Come version of Batman! Too bad this won’t even be a possibility before Eastwood permanently retires.

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