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About (Late) Last Night: Clint Eastwood won't crack on 'Kimmel'

On Thursday night's episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live," the host made a confession to Clint Eastwood about what an inspiration the actor had been to little Jimmy. After announcing the 80-year-old actor and five-time Oscar winner as "probably the coolest guy in the world," Kimmel took us back to 1978, when he was an impressionable child. (Eastwood was 48.)

After seeing Eastwood's "Every Which Way But Loose," Kimmel said, he decided he wanted to "travel around the country, fighting guys with an orangutan in my truck." Eastwood sat stoically. If you looked closely, you could see him nod.

And it went on like that -- the old man and the giddy boy -- the two never quite clicking.

"I wound up just joining the high school band instead," Kimmel admitted. Eastwood, as it turns out, had his own adolescent musical experiences. "In junior high school, I played flugelhorn," said Eastwood, before explaining, with historical context, his switch to piano in order to impress girls. Kimmel was aghast that his idol would need any help at all.

"I imagine you losing your virginity at like 6 years old," said Kimmel. "Not quite," Eastwood said staidly.

It's difficult to tell whether Eastwood's cultivation of the grizzled veteran character, gruff and unflinching, is just a pose, not unlike Kimmel's slapstick-y late-night host. Maybe the pair get on famously. But last night, the generation gap looked like an insurmountable abyss, with Kimmel chuckling himself off the ledge and Eastwood standing, arms folded, unconcerned on the other side.

-- Joe Coscarelli

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Did you actually watch the show? You couldn't be more wrong in your review. Mr. Eastwood was just as personable as he was on Ellen Degeneres on the same day. Both Mr. Eastwood and Mr. Kimmel were laughing and trading stories. Maybe you were thinking of some of the characters Mr. Eastwood has played in the past. I have never seen Clint Eastwood be anything but gracious and amusing on any show he's been on. I always make time to watch any talk show that he's scheduled to be on. Another critic trying to cause trouble by an idiotic review and misleading title.

... bad journalism here. pointless too. next time, just post the clip and leave it at that.


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