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Eastwood's 'Gran Torino' drives message of tolerance

SAMAA | - Posted: Dec 10, 2008 | Last Updated: 13 years ago
Posted: Dec 10, 2008 | Last Updated: 13 years ago

LOS ANGELES: Clint Eastwood's latest film “Gran Torino” teaches lesson of tolerance by taking on political corrections. The film had its world premiere Tuesday night (December 9, 2008) at Warner Bros. Studios.

Legendary actor/director Clint Eastwood takes on “political
correctness” in his latest film “Gran Torino,” a story of hope
and tolerance. The Academy Award winner, who directs and stars in the film, arrived on the red carpet with his wife Dina for Tuesday night's (December 9, 2008) world premiere. Angelina Jolie, who currently stars in the Eastwood directed drama, “The Changeling,” was among the others attending the event held at Warner Bros. studios.

“Gran Torino” is Eastwood's first film role since his
Oscar-winning “Million Dollar Baby.” He plays retired auto worker
Walt Kowalski, an ironwilled veteran living in a changing world, who is forced by his immigrant neighbours to confront his own long-held prejudices. Though he initially wants nothing to do with them, he becomes a reluctant hero after standing up to local gang-bangers. The showdown sets in motion an unlikely friendship that changes the lives of both.

Part of “Gran Torino's” appeal is its honesty in abandoning
political correctness. In the film, Eastwood's character insults every ethnic group he comes across, something he says was necessary to convey the film's ultimate message of tolerance.

Clint Eastwood said, “Yeah, because someone who may be politically correct, may be just kind of covering it up and faking it. He's (Eastwood's character in the film) honourable because he just says what he thinks. Now, he is not very sensitive to a lot of people. But, at least you know where he stands.”

The 78-year-old actor says its films like “Gran Torino” that are
the reason he keeps working.

The film, “Gran Torino” opens on December 12.

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