Clint Eastwood's unease at being older father

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 29 January 2011
Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood, 80, admits he feels ''ridiculous'' when he watches his children play sports because he is so much older than other dads

Clint Eastwood feels "ridiculous" when he goes to watch his teenage daughter play sports.

The 80-year-old actor-turned-director - who has seven children with five women, including 14-year-old Morgan with current wife Dina Ruiz - thinks he is now a better dad than he used to be, but sometimes feels uncomfortable that he is much older than other parents.

He said: "When I was younger, I was desperate to find the brass ring. So I worked constantly and I wasn't as good a father as I am now, because now my daughter takes precedence.

"I go to the school activities, all the softball games. I look kind of ridiculous out there. Almost everybody's got a younger father than me. But it's fun. I think you appreciate everything when you get to my age."

Looking back over his illustrious movie career, which includes five Oscars, Clint admits he thinks he has done a "nice" job to successfully turn to direction.

He told Total Film magazine: "When I directed my first film, 'Play Misty for Me' in 1971, I thought, 'Gee, if I could pull this off, maybe I could get behind the camera because I may be 78 some day and not want to look at myself in front of the camera.'

"As you go along, every chapter is a new chapter and someday you look back and say, 'I have been doing that.' And it's been a nice journey."

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