Clint Eastwood regrets making this Western

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Clint Eastwood, often hailed as the master of cowboy roles, has left an indelible mark on the Western genre, embodying the epitome of taciturn coolness while sporting a Stetson. However, when it comes to the world of musicals, Eastwood’s foray into song and dance is marked by a less favorable experience.

In 1969, Eastwood ventured into the musical genre with Paint Your Wagon, a Western-musical hybrid where he shared the screen with Lee Marvin. Despite being recognized for his iconic Western roles, this ’60s musical outing doesn’t rank among Eastwood’s best movies and has garnered less-than-favorable reviews over the years. Even Eastwood himself, in a 2017 interview with Empire, admitted that he isn’t a fan of the film.

Reflecting on his decision to take on the project, Eastwood revealed, “I was crazy enough to try anything. I’ve always been interested in music; my father was a singer, and I had some knowledge of it. Although what I was doing in that picture was not singing.” The project underwent extensive rewrites, almost prompting Eastwood to step away from it entirely. He was shooting Where Eagles Dare at the time, and the producer and director flew over to convince him to stay. The final version of the film was much lighter, losing some of the dynamics from the original script.

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Paint Your Wagon is now primarily remembered for Lee Marvin’s bass-voiced performance of the song “Wand’rin’ Star,” which became a chart hit worldwide. Fortunately for Eastwood, he seems content to let the film fade into relative obscurity, acknowledging the challenges and dynamics that surrounded its production. Despite the misstep in the musical genre, Eastwood’s legacy as a cowboy icon and versatile actor remains firmly intact, and he continues to be celebrated for his contributions to film.