Clint Eastwood was inspiration and first choice for major action franchise but missed out
Clint Eastwood, 92, has had an incredible Hollywood career spanning decades. From The Man With No Name Spaghetti Westerns to Dirty Harry, the acting legend has led some epic franchises. But did you know he was originally envisioned for one of the movie industry’s recent surprise hits?
It turns out that when screenwriter Derek Kolstad originally wrote John Wick, he’d conceived of the retired assassin being around 75-years-old and played by either Clint Eastwood or Harrison Ford, instead of the much younger Keanu Reeves.
The news comes from Edward Gross and Mark A Altman’s They Shouldn’t Have Killed His Dog: The Complete Uncensored Oral History of John Wick, Gun Fu, and the New Age of Action.
According to Entertainment Weekly, John Wick franchise producer Basil Iwanyk said: “The lead was a 75-year-old man, twenty-five years after being retired. It was the fun of watching Clint Eastwood kick ass. I thought, ‘Okay, there’s probably one or two names you could do this with: Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford.’ Other than that, I’m not sure how I put this movie together. But the tone of the script for John Wick was subversive and really fun. It has a very clear emotional throughline and a great premise for an action movie.”
Clint Eastwood was basis and first choice for very popular action franchise but missed out (Image: GETTY)
Clint Eastwood as The Man With No Name (Image: GETTY)However, when Keanu became involved, John Wick suddenly became much younger.