I'd just like to take this opportunity to say that there are still true mavericks in Hollywood (now that the McCain/Palin campaign is over I can say maverick). I'd like to point out one maverick in particular. CLINT EASTWOOD (May 31, 1930 San Francisco). What an amazing career. Remember in the late 70's/early 80's when it looked like he might be type-cast as the brooding hero in big action films? He broke out of that, playing a variety of parts in smaller films (Bridges of Madison County, anyone?) . In the 90's when Hollywood seemed to have forgotten him as a power player, he came back with the Unforgiven and swept them off of their feet (won the Oscar, too). Now, its the 2000's and Mr. Eastwood is blazing along like a teenager with an incredible amount of output. Amazing. Just look at the variety. Some he stars in, some he just directs. Writing, acting, doing it all....and not slowing down. Its so cool to see him go at it like he does. Shows you that no matter your age- you can be relevant and you can be at the top of your game....you just have to ADJUST the game you play....like Clint did!.
Check out his list of films he directed (not even counting just starred in or produced) in the 2000's:
Hereafter (2010- currently filming)
Gran Torino (2008)
Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Space Cowboys (2000)