The controversial decision that Clint Eastwood made in one of his most memorable films, and that completely changed the Hollywood we saw later.
We have all seen a Clint Eastwood movie, both as an actor and as a director, and we are facing one of the most important Hollywood personalities of all time.
Nevertheless, Clint Eastwood he has gained even greater fame for his unique filmmaking styles in his directorial stint, earning him two Academy Awards in the best director category.
And while as a director Clint Eastwood seems to be pretty tough on his actors and actresses, he was tough when he was just an actor, and yet, many, many years ago, he was even strong enough to put pressure on the production company to to fire the director.
This exactly happened in the movie The Outlaw released in 1976 and which is loosely based on the novel called The Rebel Outlaw: Josey Wales. However Clint Eastwood He paid part of the amount necessary to acquire the rights to the book out of his own pocket.
At that moment, he headed in the direction of Philip Kaufmanbut as production progressed, things went wrong.
In fact Philip Kaufman, although he wanted the film to be as similar as possible to the book, was against certain political views of the author and wanted to make slight changes to the film.
But Clint Eastwood didn’t like these proposed changes as they weren’t entirely faithful to the original book, which led to a feud between the two that went so far as they couldn’t work together.
Clint Eastwood spoke with producer Bob Daley to fire Philip Kaufman, and he got it. Instead of looking for a new director, Clint Eastwood also took over directing the film, thus becoming an actor and director at the same time.
But since Philip Kaufman had invested a lot of time in the film, the Directors Guild of America (DGA) fined both Warner Bros and Clint Eastwood $60,000 for the director’s sudden departure.
In addition, the DGA took the opportunity to implement the so-called “Eastwood Rule”, which prohibited an actor or producer from firing their director and then personally occupying their seat in a film.