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Clint Eastwood’s ‘Jersey Boys’ is a joy to watch

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YOUNG. Portrays Frankie Valli in screen musical about The Four Seasons.

At first glance, Clint Eastwood would seem to be an awkward fit to direct the period musical film, “Jersey Boys.” Yes, at age 80, he’s quite “period” himself—but, singing and dancing? That seems to be a whole world away from his more characteristic screen output, like dramas about cowboys and athletes and such.

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Clint Eastwood on being an unlikely choice to direct ‘Jersey Boys’

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EASTWOOD. Back-to-back projects for the Hollywood legend.

At first glance, Clint Eastwood is an unlikely choice to direct “Jersey Boys,” the film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning hit musical on the rise and fall of the 1960s rock and roll group, The Four Seasons. In a recent interview, the iconic, silver-haired actor and director himself said on how he landed the gig, “I would love to make it more complicated and a little fancier, but they (producers) just called up and asked me if I would be interested in doing it.”

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‘Jersey Boys’ share their favorite Christopher Walken moments

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LOMENDA, BERGEN, YOUNG AND PIAZZA. Portray The Four Seasons in Clint Eastwood’s screen adaptation of popular stage musical.

Most actors who work with Christopher Walken end up having their definitive moments with the cool, iconic thespian. In Clint Eastwood’s film adaptation of the hit stage musical, “Jersey Boys,” Christopher plays a mobster boss, Gyp DeCarlo whom The Four Seasons—played by John Lloyd Young (Frankie Valli), Erich Bergen (Bob Gaudio), Vincent Piazza (Tommy DeVito) and Michael Lomenda (Nick Massi)—are forced to turn to for help. Gyp, who adores Frankie’s singing, ends up considering himself as a mentor to the boys as they rise in popularity.

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Stars who’ve won awards as directors

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DAVID Niven, left, with John Huston on the set of “Casino Royale” in London in 1966. AP

Scratch a veteran movie star and, chances are, you’ll find a frustrated film director. Why don’t they meg their own movies? Because it’s infinitely simpler to just act in one rather than take on all of the problems that come with film direction!   Some stars do bite the bullet and express their cinematic vision—a [...]

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Golden but not olden

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BISSET. “Sexy sexagenarian” refuses to be counted down and out. AFP

Most stars opt for partial or complete retirement when they hit 50, but an increasing number of now or near-“golden” luminaries, like Brad Pitt and Sandra Bullock, have many dour and dire prognosticators and professional naysayers resetting their clocks—and calendars.

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