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At 91, creaky Clint Eastwood starring in new movie ‘Cry Macho’ perfectly mirrors delusional America’s decline

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The Hollywood icon has long been an avatar for America. From the phenomenal spaghetti westerns of Sergio Leone to ‘Dirty Harry’ to his genre-closing masterpiece ‘Unforgiven’ in 1992, Eastwood has been an integral figure embodying America’s sense of itself and its masculinity.

His new movie ‘Cry Macho,’ which he directs and stars in, isn’t in the same cinematic ballpark as ‘Unforgiven’ or ‘Dirty Harry.’ In fact, it’s a pretty dreadful movie, but that doesn’t mean it lacks insight.

‘Cry Macho’ features Eastwood once again mirroring America, but this time he unintentionally reveals a deeply delusional nation in steep decline.

The film tells the story of Mike Milo (Eastwood), a very old ranch hand hired by wealthy Texan Howard Polk to get his wayward teenage son, Rafo and pet rooster named Macho, from Mexico, out of the clutches of Rafo’s drug-dealing, abusive mother.

Eastwood has been starring in movies for 57 years and, while he’s never been a great actor, he’s always been a formidable and compelling screen presence. But he is 91 years old, and while he’s robust for that age, that doesn’t make it any less delusional that he cast himself as a character who is 40 in the book upon which the movie is based. Hell, Eastwood even turned down this same role nearly 40 years ago, when he was a much more appropriate age.

At 91, Eastwood doesn’t........

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