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Clint Eastwood makes my day

By Jennie L. Phipps ·
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Posted: 3 pm ET

At 84, Clint Eastwood isn't sitting on his laurels, taking naps and complaining about his Social Security. He's still in the game and an inspiration for anybody worried about growing old.

This week, ahead of the release of his latest movie, "Jersey Boys," he offered The Associated Press this retirement planning advice: "If you tell yourself, 'I'm too old to do that,' bulls---, you're not too old to do anything."

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To direct, 'you can be 21 or 81'

Age has made him a better director, Eastwood says. "You have more experience as you get older. You have more to draw on, as long as you don't lose your faculties. You can play on that if you're lucky enough genetically or you take good enough care of yourself, or a combination of the two. You can go ahead and experiment with things. There's so many different stories to tell out there. You can be 21 or 81."

It isn't the first time Eastwood has talked about retirement and the challenges of aging in Hollywood. “Everybody wonders why I continue working at this stage," he told Warner Home Video in 2010. "I keep working because there's always new stories ... And as long as people want me to tell them, I'll be there doing them.”

In 2005, at age 74, Eastwood became the oldest person to win an Academy Award for directing -- for "Million Dollar Baby." He said on Oscar night, "We're taking over. The AARP and me."

A shoutout for the 'senior guys'

At the same time, he appealed to younger industry executives not to forget older artists: "I'd like to say to the various financiers, don't forget the senior guys. The senior guys and gals are there, willing to do their best work for you."

Films directed by Eastwood have grossed about $1,294 million, according to Box Office Mojo. That's an impressive total for anyone -- not just a "senior guy."

The next time you're feeling like you're on the downward slide, let this wisdom attributed to Eastwood make your day: “I'd like to be a bigger and more knowledgeable person 10 years from now than I am today. I think that, for all of us, as we grow older, we must discipline ourselves to continue expanding, broadening, learning, keeping our minds active and open.”

Or better yet, think about Eastwood's advice to the young cop in the 1990 film "The Rookie": "If you want a guarantee, buy a toaster."

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July 04, 2014 at 4:24 pm

If you got laid off and lost everything, that is very sad, but you still have yourself, your brain and your God-given talents. Pick yourself up and use what you have. Be grateful for whatever you have. NONE of us, certainly not me, are GIVEN anything. Whatever Clint Eastwood has (and yes, I am sure he has made lots of money in his lifetime), but whatever he has .... he EARNED. No one gives anyone anything! And there are no guarantees for any of us, not me, not you, not even Clint Eastwood. ... Just saying...

Lee OHara
July 04, 2014 at 2:56 pm

Since I an now eighty-nine I can't do all that I used to do. But I think it helps to get up every morning with a plan to accomplish something every day. Just make sure to start it with a prayer.

J. Byers
July 04, 2014 at 11:57 am

At the same age as Clint, I agree with, and give the same advice
to folks in my congregations. Clint has been, and still is a
favorite among the persons whose lives I sort of follow, and
he, I'm sure has lots more he's planning to do for others.

say what
June 29, 2014 at 10:34 pm

This puttz does not do manual labor, he sits on his rear and tells others what to do. Ya, I could do that til I'm 100 if I have it that easy. Try manual labor as in construction, farming, anything buy making movies. Joke. Idiot driven by the right nutsos.

Don Wright
June 29, 2014 at 8:55 pm

In this day and age when the mindset is to retire at a certain age, CLINT as given us the secret to longevity with quality of life. "USE IT OR LOSE IT" may not necessarily be true, but in Clint's case, "he still has it!"

Barbara Smith
June 29, 2014 at 8:55 pm

Hi Clint,
I actually always watched all of your movies and you were an inspiration. As far as keep going without retiring that makes sense to keep active to live longer. If it be at all possible, work and keep busy to stay stronger. So yes, I agree. Work as long as your capable. It will be best for you. It has nothing to do with how much money people have it is common sense to understand the benefit of living a longer life if staying strong and active. So you go Clint.

June 29, 2014 at 8:32 pm

really this is coming from someone who has a lot of money and did not get laid off due to the economy and lost everything

Glenn H.
June 29, 2014 at 8:08 pm

Hey Eastwood, you have been "making my day" since the Rawhide days. Just wish there were some younger ones that could do the same.
I'm 60 years young and still going strong and looking at tomorrow all the time.
As long as God gives me the chance to wake up and breath in the morning, I'm in it for the long haul.
You don't have to retire, just adjust.
Advice to the others behind me and around me, "get up off your dead a-- and onto your dying feet and get a job".
Do it the right way and not the government way!

mary faenza
June 29, 2014 at 7:24 pm

Clint, All well and good. Clint can well afford to keep on going. We don't all have the finances he does!!!