A Minute with: Clint Eastwood on death, afterlife

Thu Oct 14, 2010 11:27am EDT
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By Christine Kearney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Clint Eastwood wrestles with mortality in his latest directorial effort, "Hereafter," but the Hollywood legend is hardly sentimental about the possibility of an afterlife at the age of 80.

"Hereafter" stars Matt Damon and weaves in spectacular scenes of real life events, including the 2004 tsunami and the London 2005 bombings. The script by British writer Peter Morgan explores several characters who face questions of what is beyond life and death.

Eastwood talked to Reuters about whether he thinks more about death as he ages and if he believes in psychics.

Q: Why did Steven Spielberg recommend you to do this film?

A: "He always loved 'Unforgiven.'"

Q: What about the film's topic interested you enough to take it on?

A: "The whole thing of near death experiences has always been a curiosity. Because there have been so many people who have done that -- who have died for a few minutes and then all of a sudden, resuscitated, or came back. They do report a similarity of things, whether it's psychologically induced or pre-induced or whatever, I don't know.

"But for whatever it is, people are curious about it. Everybody is curious about an afterlife, even if they don't believe it, you are still curious about it. It's an ultimate fantasy, visiting parents or grandparents or people that have gone before you and seeing them again."   Continued...

<p>Director Clint Eastwood is interviewed at the Los Angeles premiere of his film "Invictus" in Beverly Hills, California December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Fred Prouser</p>