“Go ahead, make my day,” you ask? Okay, I’ll bite — perhaps the recent revelation that Clint Eastwood was once offered the chance to play the Man of Steel will brighten your day just a tad.
Speaking with Hero Complex, Eastwood revealed: “I can remember – and this was many years ago – when [Warner Bros. President] Frank Wells came to me about doing Superman. So it could have happened. This was when they first started to think about making it. I was like, ‘Superman? Nah, nah, that’s not for me.’ Not that there’s anything wrong with it. It’s for somebody, but not me.”
Of course, Christopher Reeve eventually won the role and flew as Superman for four films released between 1978 and 1989. “Look at Reeve, he was excellent,” Eastwood said of the role, adding that he was afraid of getting typecast in the way that Reeve did with Superman. “That was a big factor. You get a role like that, and it locks you in a bit. True, I had the western genre and the ‘Dirty Harry’ role, but everybody made westerns and did cop movies; they didn’t seem as bad [as far as typecasting].”
Eastwood also revealed that he was once in the running to slip into James Bond’s highly coveted tuxedo. “I was also offered pretty good money to do James Bond if I would take on the role,” he said. “This was after Sean Connery left. My lawyer represented the Broccolis [who produce the Bond franchise] and he came and said, ‘They would love to have you.’ But to me, well, that was somebody else’s gig. That’s Sean’s deal. It didn’t feel right for me to be doing it.”