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Clint Eastwood Forced To Share His Bed With The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Co-star Eli Wallach

The American actor Clint Eastwood is best known for playing The Man with No Name in the Sergio Leone’s Dollars Trilogy got into a situation with Eli Wallach that became known in the industry. The Hollywood star gained success not only from acting but also with film production and direction.

Clint Eastwood and Eli Wallach
American actor Clint Eastwood

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Today marks Eastwood’s 92nd birthday, with several messages of goodwill sent to the Hollywood icon on social media.  He is one of the successful actors who have been bestowed two of France’s highest civilian honours.

Did Eli Wallach upstage Clint Eastwood?

Clint Eastwood and Eli Wallach
 The Good, The Bad And The Ugly stars Clint Eastwood and Eli Wallach

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According to the book, Clint: The Life and Legend written by Patrick McGilligan, Eastwood told Sergio Leone,  “In the first film, I was alone. In the second, we were two. Here we are three. If it goes on this way, in the next one I will be starring with the American cavalry.”

At that time, Eastwood was much concerned about the fact that The Good, The Bad And The Ugly co-star Eli Wallach would upstage him and ended up accepting the movie with a fee of up to $250,000 with a Ferrari and 10 per cent of the profits earned in the United States.

How The The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Ended Up Sharing a Bed?

Clint Eastwood and Eli Wallach
Old Picture of Clint Eastwood and Eli Wallach 

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During their shoot that happened to be shot in Madrid, they found out that the hotels were fully booked up. As the accommodation would not have been possible in a hotel, The Man with No Name star invited Wallach to sleep at his friend’s house where both the actors ended up sharing the same bed.

When Wallach’s wife heard the whole incident, she said that her husband could boast to be the only man to sleep with Clint Eastwood.

Eastwood Shared that Having a Rough Time On The Film

Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood shared about his rough time on the film set

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In his biography, Eastwood shared his bad experiences in the film and wrote that while Leone was a great director, safety was very lax while performing dangerous stunts. He was almost being poisoned after drinking from a bottle of acid that a film technician had put next to his soda bottle.

In another incident, where he was also beheaded because of the heavy iron steps that would jut one foot out of every boxcar.

Written by Priya Sharma