Monday, June 17, 2024

Clint Eastwood Sends Up His Own Movie Singing Career in “Jersey Boys”


Everyone is very excited about Clint Eastwood’s “Jersey Boys” adaptation opening June 25th. Eastwood taking on the music of the Four Seasons? Well, Clint writes jazz scores. But has he ever sung in a movie? The answer is Yes, and Eastwood sends up his warbling from the 1969 movie musical “Paint Your Wagon” in “Jersey Boys.” (It turns out it’s from “Rawhide” on TV circa 1963.)

Last night at a junket screening, “Jersey Boys” went through the roof. “The audience loved it,” says a spy. “It takes about 10 minutes to get going, and then it’s wonderful.”

In one scene, a television is playing in the background. It’s the early 60s. It’s a little inside joke, but it shows the usually dour Eastwood has a good sense of humor about himself.

Here’s Clint from “Rawhide.” Kids, don’t try this at home:

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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