Here Are The Best Bits Of Clint And Scott Eastwood's First Ever Interview Together

Spoiler Alert: Clint likes squirrels


You could be forgiven for thinking US Esquire's September Issue's Cover has photoshopped in a young Clint Eastwood next to a current photograph of himself.


But no, it's just his doppelganger son Scott squinting that Eastwood squint that makes us mere mortals weak at the knees.

You'll definitely know who Papa Eastwood is, but his baby boy may need a little more of an introduction.


He was our Man of the Week last September from when we had spotted him in a Taylor Swift Music Video and a Nicholas Sparks film adaptation called The Longest Ride.

Since then he has grabbed a role in Suicide Squad and in the upcoming movie Snowden, about the whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Snowden coincidentally shares a September release date with Eastwood senior's thirty-fifth directorial pursuit Sully, about the pilot who safely landed a jet on the Hudson River in 2009.

Esquire's interview sees Clint and Scott discussing acting, politics, women and of course, each other.

Here are the things you need to know about the 'No Holds Barred First Interview.'

1. Clint Eastwood is actually adorable when it comes to little mammals.

"There's a squirrel around here. I like to put peanuts out for him. He's a nice guy. He comes right into the office sometimes. The other day, I opened the door and he was clinging on to it."

2. Despite the father and son's fifty-year age gap and not really seeing each other before Scott was sixteen, they pair have great banter.

ESQ: Scott, if you were going to play your father in a movie, what would be the key to nailing his character?

SE: Well, I wouldn't have to speak that much.

[Scott and Clint laugh.]

CE: See how much you can do with so little.

SE: Yeah, right—go through the script and cut all your lines.

CE: Keep your eyes open and your big mouth shut.

3. Some of the 'banter' has a definite boys club feel about it. Clint thankfully describes the complicated relationship working fathers need to navigate:

ESQ: Clint, your father retired when he was sixty and died at sixty-four. Does his death haunt you? Like, "If I stop working, I will drop"?

CE: Maybe. A lot of people when they retire, they just expire. It happens to men more than women. Women usually have great interest in the family, because the family's always growing and they're always coming to the rescue.


SE: [Laughs.] Are you talking about my mom?

CE: For a man, once you've sired your pups, you're done.

Whatever you say, Clint.

Happy Father's Day pops. Love you. Thanks for being the best dad I know. #lookalike

A photo posted by Scott Eastwood (@scotteastwood) on

4. Clint is pretty inspirational when he talks about his transition from on screen to off-screen movie God. Scott thinks so too.

SE: I remember something he told me early on. I don't remember how old I was when you told me this, Dad. But you said, "As an actor, I never went back to my trailer. I always hung out on set and learned." That stuck with me. I'm on this Fast and the Furious movie right now, and everyone goes back to their trailer. I stick around and say, "Why you are setting up the shot like this?" I want to learn.

5. This isn't to say the pair have always been best buds.


ESQ: When you were a teenager and Clint was laying down the law, did you think,This guy scares the crap out of me?

SE: Oh, yeah, sure.

6. Ultimately, however, Scott values his father's hard-ass attitude and the work ethic it's given him. Speaking of the difference in his parents' different techniques he said:

SE: She was definitely a little more understanding. You get the law laid down, you know, the axe. I look at it like weapons in my war chest now. He made me hustle, and claw, and fight. That's all stuff you want. You want that drive.

7. What is most controversial about the interview is Clint's politics.


ESQ: But if the choice is between [Hillary] and Trump, what do you do?

CE: That's a tough one, isn't it? I'd have to go for Trump … you know, 'cause she's declared that she's gonna follow in Obama's footsteps. There's been just too much funny business on both sides of the aisle.

Though these opinions do seem to be largely based on ideas of 'the good old days', he says of Trump:

CE: Maybe. But he's onto something, because secretly everybody's getting tired of political correctness, kissing up. That's the kiss-ass generation we're in right now. We're really in a pussy generation. Everybody's walking on eggshells. We see people accusing people of being racist and all kinds of stuff. When I grew up, those things weren't called racist.

8. Ultimately, the interview brings hope to the nation as the pair don't reject the notion of working together in the future.

ESQ: Does anyone want you two to do a film together?

SE: I do!

CE: People call up and say, "There's a good role for your son in there, too." And I'll say, "Well, that's fine, but let's see what the main thing is first."

SE: Well, Dad, they used to say to me forever, "Hey, there's a great role for you in this film if you could just get your dad to say yes to the other role." Jeez, guys, come on.

9. Finally Clint gives the answer to ever lasting youth, which includes no botox, serums or surgery.

ESQ: How do you stay vital? You're eighty-six but still making great work.

CE: Yeah, you're as young as you feel. As young as you want to be. There's an old saying I heard from a friend of mine. People ask him, "Why do you look so good at your age?" He'll say, "Because I never let the old man in." And there's truth to that. It's in your mind, how far you let him come in.

Now you've read that, here's a photograph of Scott shirtless, just for good measure.

Had to take Freddy out to get some exercise. Not sure how much he actually got. #lazy #freddy @islesurfandsup

A photo posted by Scott Eastwood (@scotteastwood) on

Maybe someone should show this photo to Orlando Bloom, he might not know that this is the proper attire for paddle boarding?

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