THE LEGEND: Clint Eastwood Wasn’t Interested in Acting, Until Universal Studios Discovered him in an Army Fort

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Life is a funny thing. This one meeting changed Clint Eastwood’s life forever and made him an acting icon.

Clint Eastwood didn’t want to be an actor. Even though he appeared in school plays, he said he had no interest in it at all.

Screen Shot 2015-05-31 at 9.12.33 AMBut acting was interested in him — or at least, in his appearance. Drafted into the U.S. Army in 1951, Clint was stationed at California’s Fort Ord.

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When a Universal Studios crew rolled up to use Fort Ord as a shooting location, they were struck by Eastwood’s 6-foot-4 frame, his muscular body (he was the fort’s lifeguard and swimming instructor) and obvious good looks.

Screen Shot 2015-05-31 at 9.11.32 AMUniversal set up a screen test with film producer and director Arthur Lubin. Lubin also liked Eastwood’s looks, but not his acting ability, and arranged drama lessons.

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