Clint Eastwood sporting a Colorado State Patrol cap during his visit to Colorado.
Clint Eastwood sporting a Colorado State Patrol cap during his visit to Colorado.
Courtesy of the Colorado State Patrol

Reader: Maybe Clint Eastwood Confused Colorado With California

Clint Eastwood surprised more than just the local film industry when he unexpectedly decided to shoot scenes for his new film, The Mule, in Colorado.

He decided to film here despite the fact that Colorado slashed the amount of money available for film incentives last year.

Tim supports that, saying:

Incentives to film here suck, relatively speaking.

Justin responds: 

Maybe he got Colorado confused with California...

Tom asks:

Was he dragging an empty chair with him?

Jackie's review:

Oh look. Eastwood playing an old war vet. *Yawn* Same movie, same crotchety old man yelling at kids to get off his lawn.

#FuckEastwood 

But Bret says:

Would have loved to have seen him.

I had the opportunity to have dinner with Clint years ago and honestly he’s a a very nice and down to earth guy.

It’s great to know he still enjoys making movies at his age because it can’t be easy. He’s such an amazing director and actor so I definitely look forward to seeing what he does next.

Keep reading for more stories about filming in Colorado:

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Robert Redford and Jane Fonda co-starred in Our Souls at Night, which premiered on Netflix last year.
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A film shoot in 2016, Hostiles, a movie that headed to New Mexico rather than Colorado because of film incentive money.
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The stars of The Magnificent Seven on location in New Mexico.
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"Film Commish on How Colorado Can Stop Losing Huge Movies to Other States"

According to Colorado Film Commissioner Donald Zuckerman, last year the General Assembly slashed the amount of film incentive money available by 75 percent, essentially bringing a previous upswing in the number of Hollywood productions in the state to a grinding halt.

"A lot of times, state legislators don't see how this is going to benefit their area," Zuckerman says. "Now, all of a sudden, we've got Clint Eastwood in small towns in Colorado. You couldn't have predicted that. But if we had a robust experience with a number of films, we'd see it all the time, all over the state."

Eastwood has filmed in Colorado before. Much of 1978's Any Which Way but Loose was lensed here, including a final face-off between Clint and a motorcycle gang staged in the middle of Georgetown. Among his co-stars: an orangutan named Clyde.

What do you think of film incentives in Colorado (or Clint Eastwood)? Comment on this post or email editorial@westword.com.

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