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Ange Bishop Finally Meets And Interviews The Man Who Has Eluded Her For Decades

It's the "Clint Squint" that gets you.

It seems so familiar after years of watching his movies that when you finally come face to face with Clint Eastwood you are immediately drawn to the crinkles around his eyes. That they're part of a broad smile is an added bonus.

Clint squints because, like a Mogwai, he is sensitive to bright light. Which makes a career in movies, under bright lights and in the limelight, seem an odd choice. But then this is one of the most famous on-screen cowboys of all time and he's allergic to horses. That's right, the Man With No Name, the Pale Rider, The Outlaw Joseph Wales, the High Plains Drifter, Unforgiven's William Munny were all played by a man who was allergic to horses.

American actor and director Clint Eastwood on the set of his movie The Outlaw Josey Wales. Photo: Getty Images

That's not where the contradictions end. He's a Republican in Hollywood, which is like being a snowman on Bondi Beach.

Thanks to his character "Dirty" Harry Callahan, he's closely associated with the .44 Magnum, "the most powerful handgun in the world" that "would blow your head clean off". Yet he is on the record saying he hates violence but feels he can't make movies in modern times that say something without realistically depicting it.

Clint Eastwood on the set of Dirty Harry. Photo: Getty Images

Clint Eastwood has starred in more than 60 movies, and has directed 37. He's won five Oscars and has directed eleven actors, including four women, to Oscar nominations, five of them to wins. The term legend is appropriate. And at 88 he is starring in and directing another. It's called "The Mule".

And this is where, finally, our worlds collide.

I have been Network Ten's Entertainment Reporter since 1994 and in that time have been fortunate enough to interview some incredible people. From Jack Nicholson to Oprah, Robert Redford to Barbra Streisand, Robert de Niro to Audrey Hepburn --admittedly pre-1994, as a cadet. But like a 90-year-old drug mule driving hundreds of kilos of cocaine across the United States for a Mexican drug cartel, he has always eluded me.

But this time I was determined it would happen. I would get an interview with Clint. And I was not ashamed to beg.

Clint Eastwood.

Suffice to say you're not going to see a bigger smile on my face than the one in this celebrity selfie for a very long time. I call it the Bish squint.