Friday, February 02, 2007

Dirty Harry is a decent guy

The iconic 1970s film star Clint Eastwood who played the role of a tough-guy police detective in Dirty Harry is to receive an humanitarian award from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).

MPAA chairman Dan Glickman said the Dirty Harry star had "for decades" exemplified "decency and goodness of spirit in his moviemaking".

Eastwood will be the first ever recipient of the prize, to be presented in Washington next week.

Eastwood recently won a Golden Globe for best foreign language film Iwo Jima.The movie is a Japanese-language companion piece to the director's other film of 2006, Flags of Our Fathers.

Both focus on the battle for the island of Iwo Jima in 1945, which left 21,000 Japanese and 6,800 US soldiers dead in a single month.

"These films exemplify the true power of movies to tell human stories and inspire national conversation," said Glickman.

These are accolades to the 76-year-old American star who has had a remarkable film career of acting, producing, composing and directing. He had a short stint in politics when he served as the mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea (Carmel), California.

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