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Francesca Eastwood’s dad legacy looms large over her

September 4, 2017 GMT

Francesca Eastwood admits her dad Clint Eastwood’s Hollywood legacy looms large over her own career and has almost cost her roles.

The 24-year-old actress is proud to be the daughter of Clint - famous for his western parts and Dirty Harry alter ego - but accepts that his body of work can be linked to her.

Francesca can recall auditioning for the part of Florence Tildon in 2016′s ‘Outlaws and Angels’, a western film about bandits who hide out in home of a frontier family.

However, she was almost rejected because they didn’t want to cast her in the same genre which made her father a household name.


Speaking to The Times newspaper, Francesca said: “I loved the story and I really wanted to do it, but some of the producers were like, ‘We can’t cast Clint Eastwood’s kid in a western. That’s insane.’

“I pointed out that it wasn’t a western, that it was a family drama, and they came around. I’m so glad they did because it was the first time I thought, ‘This is what I want to do with my life.’ ”

Francesca - whose brother Scott Eastwood is also carving out a successful acting career for himself - is determined to prove herself as an actress by showcasing her own talent but she realizes that her famous name can also be a help as well as the occasional hindrance.

She said: “The types of projects I want to do don’t come easy - whether you have a big name or not. It helps you get a reservation at a restaurant and it helps if you want to start working on just anything. But sometimes it works against you.”

Francesca is desperate to land a role in an action movie and she would love to star opposite her idol Tom Cruise.

She said: “Hopefully, it’s all going to come in handy because I’d love to get a couple of cool action movies under my belt. I love Tom Cruise and I love that he does it all himself. I would hang out of a helicopter. Absolutely.”