The aforementioned modern classic Gran Torino was, to all intents and purposes, meant to be Clint's swansong as far as acting went; Clint wanted to concentrate on directing instead. Perhaps it is the fact that Trouble With the Curve marks the full directorial debut of Clint's long-time assistant director Robert Lorenz that has lured the Hollywood icon back to acting duties. In fact, an interesting little piece of trivia to note is that Trouble with the Curve is the first film that Clint Eastwood has acted in without also taking on directorial duties since In the Line of Fire way back in 1993.
Clint's latter career has seen him excel as the grouchy, curmudgeonly old-timer struggling to come to terms with modern life and Trouble with the Curve is no exception. Here he plays Gus, a legendary baseball scout who is starting to struggle with failing eyesight. This struggle brings his daughter (Amy Adams) back into his life and, as they embark on a scouting trip, they begin to rebuild their fractured relationship.
An impressive supporting cast includes the ever reliable John Goodman, Ed Lauter and, perhaps in a career-best performance, former teen heartthrob singer Justin Timberlake.
Above all though, it's great to see Clint Eastwood back in an acting role and I, for one, hope that it will not be his last. Nearly sixty years after his acting debut, Clint has lost none of that magnetic screen presence that he has always possessed - in fact, age seems to have magnified that presence to an even greater degree.