Father’s Day Conversations: Is Your Dad Like Clint Eastwood? Understanding Strong Men [Opinion]

Father’s Day conversations can be difficult, at times. If a father is the strong silent type like Clint Eastwood, it might be hard to say those things that really need to be said. How can one show appreciation to a strong and quiet father on his special day?

Clint Eastwood was a legendary manly man. Clint was all man, and everyone loved him for it. Eastwood was Dirty Harry as well as numerous cowboys in almost countless western movies back in the day. As The Guardian described him, Clint Eastwood became the “everyman icon.”

Father’s Day might be a good time to remember Clint Eastwood. Fathers and grandfathers of today once looked to Clint Eastwood as a role model. Clint was the coolest guy ever back in your father’s day.

Clint Eastwood was cool and in the eyes of our fathers, much of what has happened to the world since Dirty Harry is not very cool at all compared to Clint. Strong men are not as appreciated in the present day society as they deserve to be. It is important to show fathers some gratitude this Father’s Day.

Father’s Day for Clint Eastwood types can be strangely awkward. They aren’t used to all the fuss and attention, but at the same time, they expect something that day. Kids never know exactly what these kinds of fathers expect because they’d never tell anyone about their emotional needs.

As Clint Eastwood told Esquire he doesn’t talk much. What is Clint Eastwood’s philosophy in life?

“Keep your eyes open and your big mouth shut.”

Father’s Day can be tough for those who have strong silent fathers, but there is an Esquire interview with Clint Eastwood and his son Scott. See how Scott handles his famously tough father. Scott was raised by his mom until Scott started high school, but has since become much closer to Clint. It wasn’t always easy being Scott Eastwood though.

Clint Eastwood was 56 when Scott was born, and Scott Eastwood was born out of wedlock. Still, Scott has been with his father since high school, and now Scott is 30-years-old. Scott too is an actor who was in Oliver Stone’s Snowden. Scott portrays Snowden’s superior at the NSA.

Father’s Day 2017 might be a tough one for many manly men. Most truly masculine men don’t like the new feminism or politically correct speech. Politically correct inspired discrimination against men in a tough job market is hurting many of their wallets as well. Not only that, it feels like censorship and a sort of weak, victim mentality. Clint Eastwood, like a lot of older men, doesn’t like politically correct ideals.

“Secretly everybody’s getting tired of political correctness, kissing up. That’s the kiss-a*s generation we’re in right now. We’re really in a p**sy generation. Everybody’s walking on eggshells. We see people accusing people of being racist and all kinds of stuff. When I grew up, those things weren’t called racist.”

Clint Eastwood could be right. PC might be fading away soon, but whether or not it does, people over 50 remember how it was before, and most of them liked it better. Men especially have taken a beating in the PC game. Men aren’t protected at all by the same umbrella that shades nearly everyone else as explained by this from the Inquisitr. Instead, man bashing seems OK in PC, but it isn’t right especially on Father’s Day.

Scott Eastwood Son of Clint Eastwood

Father’s Day might be a good time to leave politically correct values at the door. Forget that stuff just for one day, and just enjoy dad for who he is on Father’s Day. Find the good points in dad’s non-PC values on Father’s Day. Scott Eastwood told Esquire his dad raised him right.

“It’s an interesting time. My father’s definitely old-school. And he raised me with integrity—to be places on time, show up, and work hard.”

Clint Eastwood was a strict dad, according to Scott, who told Esquire his dad laid down the law.

“You get the law laid down, you know, the ax. I look at it like weapons in my war chest now. He made me hustle, and claw, and fight. That’s all stuff you want. You want that drive.”

Father’s day is a time to show appreciation. Whether your dad was a tough guy like Clint Eastwood or as gentle as Andy Griffith, now is the time to take the cue from Scott Eastwood and let him know it helped.

Clint Eastwood in a suit

Clint Eastwood never talked much. Scott joked that if he ever played his father in a movie he’d have to cut the script and turn down most of the lines. So apparently, Clint really is the strong, silent type. Clint Eastwood did speak in the interview telling Esquire he would never quit.

“I don’t look at my life too much. I’m always looking forward, not backward. A lot of times people get to a certain age and they quit. I always felt sorry for the Frank Capras, the Billy Wilders, directors like that, because they quit in their sixties. Why would you quit?”

Another Father’s Day tip is found in Scott’s reaction. Scott mirrors his father in the next interview question. Clint Eastwood’s son Scott agrees, telling Esquire he does the same, even though the question was how did Scott Eastwood set himself apart from Clint.

“I just do what he does: Keep moving forward. You can’t look back or think about that kind of stuff too much. You just keep making movies; hopefully, you make some good ones. Probably gonna make some bad ones along the way.”

Clint Eastwood suddenly throws out a great kernel of wisdom from his day.

“With everything you do, learn something new about yourself.”

When Father’s Day rolls around, try to remember how Scott replies to Clint Eastwood’s statement. Scott recalls what his father said specifically and retells the story.

“I remember something he told me early on. I don’t remember how old I was when you told me this, Dad. But you said, ‘As an actor, I never went back to my trailer. I always hung out on set and learned.’ That stuck with me. I’m on this Fast and the Furious movie right now, and everyone goes back to their trailer. I stick around.”

Clint Eastwood may not have spoken much, but when he did, he gave sound advice. Clint’s son Scott appreciated that and lets his father know he not only listened but followed the advice. Scott isn’t being a yes man to his father, Scott Eastwood is showing respect to his father.


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Father’s Day conversations should mirror this kind of model. Father’s Day is not the time to disagree or grandstand about differences of opinion. There might never be a good time to be offensive to one’s father, but it is especially hurtful on Father’s Day.

On Father’s Day, perhaps if there is a perception of disagreement, one should ask their father’s opinion and then listen without argument. Weigh what is said, and as Clint Eastwood says, “keep your big mouth shut.”

Clint Eastwood’s son Scott is a very good example of being respectful to a strong, manly father, and that makes Scott a good example to follow on Father’s Day.

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