Jeff Labrecque
September 08, 2010 AT 01:47 PM EDT

Image Credit: David Montgomery/Getty Images“I know what you’re thinking, Zod. ‘Did he use his heat-vision or his freeze-breath?’ Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as either would blow your head clean off, you’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, Krypto-punk?”

Clint Eastwood is practically a superhero in his own right, but he never leaped tall buildings in a single bound while wearing a pair of tights. He never had to, but according to Eastwood, who spoke to the Los Angeles Times while promoting his new movie, Hereafter, the Hollywood legend was approached in the mid-1970s to play the Man of Steel. The concept is rather jarring — like learning that your sweet old grandmom rocks out to Eminem — but sort of fun. Eastwood was 48 when Christopher Reeve’s Superman finally flew in to theaters, but it’s understandable that some executive would hear Superman, and immediately think, “Clint Eastwood.” What ruins it for me is trying to imagine Eastwood as stammering, pathetic Clark Kent. Can you imagine him pining for Lois Lane, or any woman?

Apparently, saying, “No,” to Superman wasn’t his first dalliance with an iconic action hero. “I was also offered pretty good money to do James Bond if I would take on the role,” Eastwood said. “This was after Sean Connery left. My lawyer came and said, ‘[The Broccolis] would love to have you.’ But to me, well, that was somebody else’s gig. That’s Sean’s deal. It didn’t feel right for me to be doing it.” Agreed. Clint as James Bond? That’s like learning that your sweet old grandmom dated Eminem? So wrong. Worlds are colliding!

Can you imagine Eastwood in tights or drinking a martini? Would you like Eastwood to fly around the earth and reverse its spin, so he can go back in time to take one of these heroic roles, forever changing the Hollywood present? Because he’ll do it.

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