Couple of things: Clint Eastwood came to movie stardom playing mean, cynical gunslingers. The audience that grew up with him always knew him as the polar opposite of John Wayne. So saying that Eastwood's audience would have been surprised or shocked by the likes of 'Tightrope' is nonsense. Second, Richard Tuggle was replaced after a couple of day's shooting when it became evident he didn't know how to block a scene. The guy who replaced him was ... Clint Eastwood. Yep, Clint Eastwood directed 'Tightrope' even though Tuggle is the credited director!
Thanks for listening to the podcast. And thanks for the info on the real director of Tightrope. I don't remember if it made it into the final cut of the podcast (it's been a while since I edited and listened to this episode), but Roger and I discussed how shocked we were to find out Eastwood didn't direct this, seeing as it his stamp is all over it.To your first point, Roger wasn't arguing that Eastwood fans would have been shocked by Clint's role in Tightrope. As we discussed in this episode, he played even more shocking characters prior to this. Roger's point was that he was shocked someone like Eastwood--who so regularly played either morally ambiguous or downright despicable characters--could have found such mainstream acceptance among that generation of movie-goers. If that wasn't clear in the episode, then I probably fucked up editing. In which case, my bad.
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