Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood’s Most Dangerous Stunt Happened in a Crime-Comedy With Iron Man Star That Could’ve Gone Awfully Wrong

Clint Eastwood does not care about his life, when it comes to making movies


  • Clint Eastwood is one of the most legendary people in the film industry, and he did not get to this easily.
  • The actor has a reputation for going above and beyond when it comes to stunts, wanting to provide an authentic experience for his audience.
  • In his film, starting alongside Iron Man actor, Jeff Bridges, Eastwood jumped from one moving car to another.

Clint Eastwood is one of the biggest names in Hollywood. Not only is he a legendary actor, but also one of the most talented directors of all time. he has been a part of critically acclaimed projects like The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly, Dirty Harry, The Mule, and Million Dollar Baby. he has also been nominated for and won Academy Awards, several times throughout his career. These levels of success do not come easy to anyone, and it is safe to say that Eastwood did a lot to be deserving of where he stands today.

Clint Eastwood in Coogan's Bluff (1968)
Clint Eastwood in Coogan’s Bluff (1968)

The actor, on top of being known for his exceptional talent, gained a reputation for going above and beyond when it comes to the characters that he plays. This was especially true when it came to stunts. The perfect example of this would be his 1974 film, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot. Starring alongside Jeff Bridges, who is best known for his work in Marvel’s Iron Man, Eastwood did a very dangerous stunt that could have gone South very quickly.

Clint Eastwood Jumped From a Moving Car

Thunderbolt and Lightfoot is certainly one of the lesser-known films in Clint Eastwood’s filmography, however, this does not make it any less a classic. This film was immensely critically acclaimed, having an 88% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which can be credited to its unique plot and twist on the classic genre of following two police officers in their adventures.

In this movie, there is a scene where Eastwood’s character character is required to jump from one moving car to another. Considering the time that this was made, this, of course, could not have been simulated. This meant that the actor, in reality, had to jump from one moving car to another, which was not much that could be called protection. It is safe to say that a lot could have gone wrong and we could have missed a lot of really good Clint Eastwood movies.

Clint Eastwood Climbed A Dangerous Mountain

This wasn’t the only time Clint Eastwood put his life in harm’s way, for the sake of a film. In his 1975, film, The Eiger Sanction, which was based on a book of the same name, the actor wanted to make sure that everything seen in the film was authentic. Unfortunately, for him, his character, who was a mountain climber, was required to climb the famous Totem Pole.

Clint Eastwood in a still from The Mule
Clint Eastwood in a still from The Mule

Fully dedicating to the character, he refused to let us stuntman take over the task. The actor climbed 600 feet above the floor at the Monument Valley. He also did this on his own, putting his life at risk, all so that he could provide authenticity for his audience.

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