Alert
Close

Watch the NASCAR race on Sunday at Martinsville Speedway. Join the Drive to End Hunger!

Highlights

Open

 

FREE FUN!

AARP Games - Play Now!

Contests and
Sweeps

$10,000 Winter Escapes Sweepstakes

Beat the cold and cozy up to a chance of winning $10,000! See official rules.

AARP Auto Buying Program

MOST POPULAR

Viewed

Inspire Awards 2010 Honorees

Clint Eastwood, Daring Director

He's also refreshingly low-tech. "You see a couple in a restaurant, and both of them will be texting at the table," Eastwood says. "Don't people talk anymore?" As he sees it, "the main thing is not how long you're on the planet, but the quality you have while you're here. That was always the only thing that really mattered."

A statement like that could be read as an epilogue, but Eastwood clearly wants to keep working. "My dad was always talking about retiring and sitting next to a stream with a couple of beers in his hand," he says. "Sounds like a commercial, but [retirement] is not for me." Eastwood exercises vigorously every day and stays up till midnight many nights reading scripts and fine-tuning his material. He's already working on his next movie, the supernatural thriller Hereafter. And Invictus is an early front-runner for an Oscar nod this year.

Of course, if he were in it only for the awards, he could have quit ages ago. "The reason I don't retire is that I learn something new every day," Eastwood says. There is humility in his voice, and perhaps a bit of wonder. "It's about expanding, constantly pushing yourself." He challenges audiences by challenging himself—and inspires us all in the process.

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts

Processing

Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.

Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

Downloadable mobile app from AARP® Roadside Assistance from Allstate.

AARP Credit card from Chase

Members can earn 3% cash back on purchases with the AARP® Credit Card from Chase.

Member Benefits

Join or renew today! Members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.

Rewards for Good

Your Points Balance:

Learn More

Earn points for completing free online activities designed to enrich your life.

Find more ways to earn points

Redeem your points to save on merchandise, travel, and more.

Find more ways to redeem points