No more "Dirty Harry" for Eastwood

Tue May 20, 2008 4:26pm EDT
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By Mike Collett-White

CANNES, France (Reuters) - Veteran Hollywood actor and director Clint Eastwood has no intention of returning to his famous role as tough-talking crime buster Dirty Harry, despite rumors to the contrary.

Asked to comment on press reports that he planned to reprise the character who first appeared on screens in 1971, 77-year-old Eastwood replied:

"No. That rumor's incorrect." Eastwood was speaking at a news conference at the Cannes film festival, where his latest movie starring Angelina Jolie is in the main competition.

Jolie, sitting alongside him joked: "I am," to which Eastwood replied:

"Dirty Harriet. The Tomb Raider will play it. I have no intention. There are certain things you have to be realistic about. Dirty Harry would not be on a police department at my age so we'll move on from that."

But he recalled the role, and in particular one of its most famous lines, with fondness. "It was a fantasy role to point a .44 Magnum at someone and say 'Do you feel lucky?"'

The Oscar-winning director made several references to his age, both direct and indirect.

When a journalist congratulated him on his upcoming birthday, he looked slightly taken aback then said: "It's at least a week away, so let me in peace."   Continued...

<p>Clint Eastwood shades his eyes as he attends a news conference for the film "The Exchange" at the 61st Cannes Film Festival May 20, 2008. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier</p>