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Scott Eastwood’s Rising Star

He’s 85 years old, and he’s still the kind of movie hero we wish we saw more of today. He could  shift from being tough to gentle in a split second without losing his macho persona. He could put men and women in their place with equal aplomb.

After decades as an iconic Hollywood tough guy, Clint Eastwood has become a thoughtful, compelling director whose films have heart, depth ,and purpose. Beyond the movies, he is a former mayor and astute right-leaning observer of politics who describes himself as a pragmatic libertarian. He’s the kind of man about whom women say, “If only he had an available brother … or even a son.”

Well, he does have a son. Moreover, the son shares the father’s chiseled jawline, intense squint, and rugged tough-guy mystique. 

That son is Scott Eastwood, is one of the fastest-rising stars in Hollywood.

Last year, Scott Eastwood joined Taylor Swift’s stable of music video boyfriends when he appeared as her lover in the “Wildest Dreams” music video.

“He’s so tall, and handsome as hell. He’s so bad, but he does it so well,” Swift sings as Eastwood grabs her for a kiss in the video.

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He’s also been added to the latest installment of the “Fast and Furious” franchise — a film series not short on captivating action scenes involving good-looking people.

The “Fast” film series had lost something with the passing of actor Paul Walker in a car accident, but Eastwood seemed to restore some of that lost appeal. Walker was a modern James Dean – calm, cool, handsome, a daredevil.  Only the son of an Eastwood could bring back such compelling characteristics to the upcoming “Furious 8.”

As a rising 30-year-old star, Eastwood still looks up to his colleagues as heroes. He humbly praised Kurt Russell, one of his new “Fast” co-stars, on Instagram.

“Kurt was a total childhood hero of mine growing up. Very much looking forward to learning a thing or two from such an original and cool guy,” Eastwood wrote.

Despite his excitement for his new role, he has been sensitive to what Walker meant to the cast and fans. “Paul was a close friend of mine,” Scott Eastwood said. “We surfed together, traveled together, and he was a huge role model and influencing figure in my life when I was younger. He still is. He was an older brother to me.”

He also is not shy about his shirtless physique.

After being overindulgent with french fries at the popular Coachella Musical Festival, he posted an Instagram of his buff bod being “whooped” by his personal trainer.

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“When your trainer sees your instagram of you cheating at #coachella and makes you pay for it when you get back. @therussianexperiment whooped my ass today. Muy tai and then made me go to the jungle gym and killed me again. Feel amazing now tho. Push past the pain people!!! It makes you stronger,” he wrote [1] on Instagram.

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We won’t see “Furious 8” until 2017, but we will see Eastwood in another film, “Suicide Squad,” that premieres in August. He reportedly plays a mercenary named Slade Wilson, aka “Deathstroke,” in the film, which is about a secret government agency that recruits super villains to perform black ops work.

After growing up on film sets, he began auditioning under the name Scott Reeves – Reeves was his mother’s maiden name – because he feared nepotism.  He later took a couple roles alongside his father in “The Longest Ride” and “Gran Torino.”

What’s his dad really like? “He’s what everyone says,” Scott Eastwood told The Daily Beast in 2013.  “A living legend.”

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Scott Eastwood has spent the last decade working his way up the Tinseltown ladder with roles in such films as “Flags of Our Fathers” (which he also worked on with his dad), “Invictus,” “The Forger,” “Trouble with the Curve,” “Fury,” and “Texas Chainsaw 3D.”

One role he didn’t want: Christian Grey in “Fifty Shades of Grey.” He was invited to read for the role, but opted not to.  “I only want to do movies that have good scripts. I’m director-driven and I only want to be in good movies,” he told The Independent in 2015. 

Scott’s breakout roles in the upcoming films “Suicide Squad,” “Fast 8,” and “Snowden” could mean big things for him. It could mean he is finally out of his dad’s shadow.