Back in 1975, Eastwood directed and starred in The Eiger Sanction. For the role, he was required to undertake some pretty challenging climbing stunts.
Eastwood took months to prepare for the part, training in Yosemite Nati onal Park.He actually succeeded in climbing to the top of Lost Arrow Spire, which reaches a pretty impressive height of 1200 feet.
The White Spider section of the mountain was featured in the film, and is considered one of the most dangerous climbs in the world.
Eastwood was lowered onto the rock face using tether lines, accompanied by a crew of professional climbers. In a tragic turn of events, British rigger David Knowles was killed in a landslide on the second day of filming.
He’s notorious for finishing his films early as a director : Eastwood is always keen to finish his productions as quickly as possible, and he prefers to take just one take wherever possible.Apparently, he doesn’t even use a storyboard, and refused to listen to test screening results.He also prefers to say ‘okay’ instead of ‘cut’ and ‘action’, claiming it’s much more straightforward.
As well as this, he insists the actors he directs wear as little makeup as possible, and he usually prints first takes.This allowed him to consistently finish his films on schedule and on budget.