The first images have just been released for Clint Eastwood’s new western cry Macho. After seeing the trailer you know this is going to be another blast. Clint Eastwood faces a young, troubled teen who reluctantly must enlist the help of the old man to smuggle him out of Mexico. Add a dollop of Dwight Yoakum and you’ve got a recipe for an exciting, tender but difficult tale of redemption for an old man and a second chance for a young one.
The official synopsis of Warner Bros. reads: “Based on the book, cry Macho stars Clint Eastwood as a one-time rodeo star and washed-up horse breeder who takes a job from an ex-boss in 1978 to bring the man’s young son home and away from his alcoholic mother. Crossing rural Mexico on their way back to Texas, the unlikely pair face an unexpectedly challenging journey, in which the weary rider can find his own sense of redemption by teaching the boy what it means to be a good man. “
The trailer shows us everything we need to see to know that the pairing for Clint Eastwood with newcomer Eduardo Minett just clicks. On the way back to safety from a dangerous situation in Mexico, Mike Milo (Eastwood) tells his life story to a punk boy who is about to go down the same path as his smuggler/rescuer. They make their road trip hassle free. I’m kidding, of course there are always problems. Add to that they travel with a rooster named Macho, they have plenty to contend with.
Eastwood has been trying to get this movie off the ground since 1988. Names like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Pierce Brosnan and Burt Lancaster have been attached to the lead roles at various points. But it seemed dead in the water in 2003, when an adaptation was announced starring Al Ruddy-producing and Arnold Schwarzenegger. After delaying filming due to Schwarzenegger’s term as governor of California, production was canceled in 2011 after revelations of a scandal involving him.
In his seventh decade of acting, he brought N. Richard Nash’s novel of the same name to audiences that he believes still love the art of storytelling. And what does he think of being macho? “‘Macho’ was a fashionable word in the eighties. Everyone was kind of thinking about it, what’s macho and what isn’t macho. I really don’t know what macho is. I never understood it. Does it mean someone scurrying around exhaling testosterone And kick open the gate and run up and down the street Or do hand jumps or whatever? Or is macho a quiet thing based on your safety I remember shaking hands with Rocky Marciano He was gentle, he don’t squeeze your hand. And he had a high-pitched voice. But he could knock people, it was a given. That’s macho. Muhammad Ali is the same. When you spoke to him in his younger days, he spoke softly. He was not kicking chairs over. I think some of the most macho people are the softest.”
cry Macho also stars Dwight Yoakam, Eduardo Minett (in his feature film debut), Natalia Traven, . Alexandra Ruddy and Ana Rey. cry Macho hits theaters September 17 and on HBO Max, and will be available to stream 31 days after release.
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