Clint Eastwood

What is Clint Eastwood’s most badass moment?

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Good question! Clint Eastwood didn’t invent badass, but if it hadn’t already existed, I’m sure he would have. Eastwood is as a big an icon as there is for being badass.

This is the scene that I was going to choose, but as badass as it is, this one comes in second place:

It is the iconic scene in Dirty Harry when he walked up top a man who was about to reach for a gun. Clint Eastwood’s character said:

“Uh uh. I know what you’re thinking. “Did he fire six shots or only five?” Well to tell you the truth in all this excitement I kinda lost track myself. But being this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world and would blow your head clean off, you’ve gotta ask yourself one question: “Do I feel lucky?” Well, do ya, punk?”

Why is so badass? It was the delivery of the line, the way he said it as well as the words he said. Dirty Harry went on to become such a successful movie that they made four more movies with “Dirty” Harry Callahan as the main character.

There’s one more thing about the characters Clint Eastwood plays that you cannot underestimate: it is the way that Clint Eastwood acts in a way where he responds to crisis situations in a fairly cavalier manner. That’s being cool. Being able to handle stress better than the average guy is something that always impresses people.

Clint Eastwood is so convincing in these roles that it becomes difficult to tell how much of what Eastwood is playing a character and how much of it is him just being himself.

As an old man, Eastwood proved he can still be incredibly convincing as a badass and he did so in the move Gran Torino.

It was a great movie and it gave us Clint Eastwood’s most badass moment:

In this particular scene he comes across as a man who at first looks like he might just be a crazy old man, but the guys he’s talking to soon find out that he isn’t crazy and he certainly isn’t anyone to take lightly.

He doesn’t have to hurt anyone in this scene; he just gets a young woman who is his neighbor and his friend out of trouble. Some guys are harassing her and the guy she’s with. That guy is useless in protecting her, or even himself, so fortunately Clint Eastwood’s character Walt Kowlaski comes along.

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Walt sorts out things real quick, earning the admiration, or at least the respect of everyone involved.

Here’s the dialogue. If bad language offends you, don’t read any further:

Walt: [approaches and faces them] Ever notices how you come across somebody once in a while that you shouldn’t have fucked with? [Spits] That’s me.

Monk: Man, you fuckin’ crazy, man. Get outta here, man.

Third youth: Why don’t you get your ass up outta here before I kick your ol’ wrinkly white ass?

[Walt reaches into his jacket]

Monk: Crazy motherfucker, man. What’s wrong with him, man?

[Walt draws his finger like a gun]

Monk: What the fuck? This motherfucker’s crazy man.

Third youth: What’s wrong with this nigga, man?

Duke: What the hell?

[Walt aims at each of them with his finger]

Walt: [To Sue] Get in the truck.

[Sue tries to comply, but youths stop her]

Monk: This crazy motherfucker, man. What’s wrong with him, man? [laughs] He put his finger on us.

[Walt reaches into his jacket again and this time draws a real pistol; an M1911. They all jump back in fright]

Monk: [raising his palms] Oh shit. Come on, now. Hey, pops. Come on, now.

Walt: Shut your fucking face! You fuckin’ don’t listen, do you? [to Sue] Now get in the truck.

Monk: Go on, get in the truck now. Shit. [lowers his hands]

Trey: Way to go, old man!

Walt: [turns his gun on him] Shut up, pussy. What is all this “bro” shit, anyway? Want to be Super Spade or something? These guys don’t want to be your bro, and I don’t blame ’em. Now get your ofay Paddy ass on down the road.

[Trey runs off. Walt holsters his gun]

Walt: [To the youths] Take care, now. [Gets in his truck]

Monk: [respectfully] Yeah, you too.

Walt: Oh yeah

You really have to see it to appreciate it. Here it is:

 

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