Clint Eastwood Returns to Acting in Trouble With the Curve
08.10.12 by BJSprecher
The last time Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood stepped in front of the camera was in the highly-acclaimed 2008 drama Gran Torino — which Eastwood also directed — and it seemed for a long time that the role might be his very last as an actor. Eastwood famously commented that Gran Torino "will probably do it" for him, at least "as far as acting is concerned," saying that he didn't "want to be like a fighter who stays in the ring too long."
Eastwood qualified these statements when we caught up with him at an event in L.A. a couple of years ago, saying that he would "only act again if something good came along," and, thankfully, something good did come along in the form of the baseball drama Trouble with the Curve. In the movie, directed by Eastwood's long-time producer partner, Robert Lorenz, Eastwood once again steps in front of the camera to play Gus, an aging Atlanta Braves scout whose poor eyesight prompts him to enlist his daughter, Mickey (Amy Adams), to be his eyes for him.
Trouble With the Curve was written by neophyte screenwriter Randy Brown. Justin Timberlake also stars as a rival scout who develops feelings for Gus' daughter, with Matthew Lillard as a younger Braves recruiter thinks Gus is over the hill and John Goodman as Gus' boss, Pete, who encourages Mickey to help her father so that he isn't forced out by "new blood."
For more about Trouble With the Curve, watch the trailer.