For some reason this guy keeps asking me if i feel lucky. The results of my last few trips to the casino should convince him that no, I do not.
Did you know that Clint Eastwood’s first movie role was an uncredited part in the movie Revenge Of The Creature, which was the first episode of Season 8 of Mystery Science Theater 3000?
MST3K started off their run on the Sci-Fi Channel with the sequal to the classic monstoer movie The Creature From The Black Lagoon. Sadly they could only get the rights to it’s sequal. But thank goodness they did becuase this movie has a real gem. This is the first movie featuring a young Clint Eastwood. From The Pedia That Has A Wonderful Plan For Our Wiki’s...
Revenge of the Creature marks the screen debut for Clint Eastwood, who appears uncredited as a lab technician named “Jennings” early in the story. He is shown having a discussion with Professor Ferguson, accusing a test subject cat of eating a lab rat, only to find that his character had in fact accidentally put the lab rat in his lab coat pocket.
I also found a story from Examiner.com detailing Clint’s first scene. Director Jack Arnold wanted the whole scene cut from the movie.
In 1955, Clint Eastwood’s first screen role in Revenge of the Creature, the sequel to Creature from the Black Lagoon, almost didn’t happen. Eastwood plays Jennings, a lab technician working on an experiment to try to prove that normally predatory animals who are well fed will not attack. His character thinks the experiment has failed because one of the rats in the cage with a well-fed cat has disappeared, but moments later he finds the missing rat in his lab coat pocket.
This first role of Eastwood’s almost didn’t happen since the director Jack Arnold wanted the whole scene cut. Paul Nelson, a renowned folk and rock music critic, conducted interviews with Eastwood which were recovered and published by Kevin Avery in 2011. In Avery’s book, entitled “Conversations With Clint: Paul Nelson’s Lost Interviews with Clint Eastwood 1979-1983,” Eastwood recounts how he was hired to do the scene by producer William Alland. But when Alland took Eastwood to meet Arnold, Arnold said to Alland, “What the hell is this? I told you I don’t want to do that goddamn scene! Who’s this guy?”
Eastwood went on to say that Alland convinced him that Arnold held nothing against Eastwood; Arnold just didn’t want the scene in the film. Alland won the argument and the scene was shot and included in the film. Eastwood said, “It was a hell of a way to start your acting career: walk on a set and you know that the director hates the scene. Therefore you know he hates you.”
Clint would go on to bigger and better things and MST3K would go on for three years on what later became SyFy aka that network that airs dumb shark movies and wrestling. Here is the scene in question.
That’s all i got for this week. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I will be back next Monday for a new set of fascinating trivia here at Fact Of The Day.
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