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EASTWOOD TELLS WHY HE BROUGHT JERSEY BOYS TO SCREEN

June 11, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Clint Eastwood’s love of jazz is well known. He produced and directed Bird, a biopic of saxophone player Charlie Parker; recently, he produced a documentary about jazz pianist Dave Brubeck. So what’s he doing directing the movie version of Jersey Boys about the early ’60s’ pop group Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons? In an interview with syndicated gossip columnist Cindy Adams, the 84-year-old Eastwood at first replied, “Music comes back with a vengeance. It can return and hold up for years. I was raised with this music” — a remark that is pretty much a stretch inasmuch as Eastwood was already in his 30s when the Four Seasons were recording their hit tunes. However, he added, “Look, life doesn’t always go the way you plan. Jersey Boys was a mystery to me. I’d heard about it for a decade. It tried out in La Jolla. Nobody thought it would go anywhere. On Broadway it stayed nine years. So I went to see it.” And apparently was so taken with it that he decided to bring it to the screen. Williams, who is also 84 and was so far out of her jukebox years when the Four Seasons came along that she misspells their 1962 hit “Sherry” “Cherie,” pronounces the film “marvelous.” The movie is due to close the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 19.