Clint Eastwood and Elvis Presley
October 18, 2010
The 80-year-old Hollywood legend says he and the late rock 'n' roll star were studio pals as Elvis was often working next door to where Clint was filming in the 1960s. The pair struck up a friendship and it seems the dark-haired sex symbol could not resist meeting a 'cowboy'. 'I was always wearing a gun', Clint told USA Today. 'Presley loved to do fast draws and stuff, so we always did fast draws together'.
The pair were both doted on by women across the globe in their prime, so they had a lot in common. This made Clint warm towards Elvis, although there were big differences in the amount of security each required.
'I liked him', Clint said. 'He seemed like a good guy. Had a lot of guys hanging around, big entourage'.I get a kick out of my wife, who is quite a few years younger. She'll say, 'Did you know Elvis Presley?' I'll say, 'Sure'. 'James Dean?' 'Yeah.' 'Bobby Darin?' 'Yeah' She'll look at some old picture of me and say, 'What a babe!' (Laughs) We were all hanging around at the same time, in the 1950s. We were all here in town, and all struggling in various things. I was doing Rawhide. There was a camaraderie among the younger group.
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