I just had an epiphany


(Col. Douglas Mortimer) #1

I was watching GBU yesterday and had the most startling realization…

CLINT EASTWOOD ISN’T EVEN BLONDE!!!


(Dorado) #2

Well I gave “Dirty Harry” a spin yesterday in honor of the great man’s 80th birthday and he sure isn’t blonde in that one either.


(Col. Douglas Mortimer) #3

I guess “Brownie” doesn’t quite have the same ring to it.


(Sanjuro) #4

I’ve always been puzzled why Tuco calls him Blondie. Arguably, I guess a Mexican character might consider brown hair much the same as blonde, since they’re both distinct from black hair. Tenuous I know, but it’s all I can think of to rationalise it.

Anyway, I think I remember from a documentary (probably one of the DVD extras) that Leone originally meant Clint in GBU to be a different character from his FoD/FDM role. Hence why he dresses differently through most of the film & only resumes the poncho at the end. Maybe he was initiallyscripted to be blond & was supposed to bleach his hair? Or somebody else cast? Maybe these ideas got shelved but Leone liked him being called Blondie & kept it in the script. Who knows?


(Yodlaf Peterson) #5

[quote=“Sanjuro, post:4, topic:2381”] Maybe he was initiallyscripted to be blond & was supposed to bleach his hair? Or somebody else cast? Maybe these ideas got shelved but Leone liked him being called Blondie & kept it in the script. Who knows?[/quote]Thank god they didn’t is all I can say.

Take Return of Ringo for instance, don’t get me wrong I love the film but Gemma’s blonde hair is shocking in the first part of the film!


(ENNIOO) #6

Yes he does look a bit of a tit with blonde hair ;D .


(Col. Douglas Mortimer) #7

Almost as shocking as Frank Wolff’s red hair in OUATITW!


(Sundance) #8

When I went to my military service, some clerk or whatever filled a paper with some details regarding me and at one point said ‘Hair? Blond’. Even though I have brown hair (at least I think so… ;D ). That was such a shock that I remember it even now, 11 years after.

Oh and my friends have told me that in Japan when they feature western women in their porn movies, the names of the movies often have the word blonde in them, like for example ‘4 hours blonde teachers’ or something like that. Yet some of the women in these movies have black hair.

Now I don’t know if any of this has anything to do with Blondie but I wanted to mention it anyways.


(volonte) #9

Exactly. Italian, Spanish and Latinos consider all hair lighter than dark brown to be blonde.

wikipedia says: Blond (see below) or fair-hair, is a hair color characterized by low levels of the dark pigment eumelanin. The resultant visible hue depends on various factors, but always has some sort of yellowish color. The color can be from the very pale blond (caused by a patchy, scarce distribution of pigment) to reddish “strawberry” blond colors or golden-brownish blond colors (the latter with more eumelanin). :smiley:


(Stanton) #10

In real life it is not seldom that nicknames arise without having a substantial connection to the nicknamed person, so that sometimes the nickname stays, but the origin is long forgotten and not traceable any more.


(Silvanito) #11

I think Eastwood had sort of dark blonde hair in the 60s and early 70s, as he got older he had of course more greyish hair

But anyway calling him Blondie was obviously because of the hair, and Tuco even says at one point in the film that Eastwood is ‘tall, blonde, smokes a cigar and is a pig’ ;D

As you say Eastwood was probably blonde enough to many black haired Italians


(Col. Douglas Mortimer) #12

I can understand if Tuco calls him Blondie, but even Angel Eyes refers to him as “a golden haired angel”. Angel Eyes is a gringo no?


(Silvanito) #13

Well, in the context of the film Eastwood was considered blonde and known as Blondie

So it’s pretty logical that even Angel Eyes would call him ‘golden haired’


(Phil H) #14

But not blonde enough to cut the mustard in Sweden eh Lindberg? :wink:


(volonte) #15

Yes, but the film makers are italian. ;D

See for example dark ash blonde in this chart. :smiley:
http://www.bodyofgrace.com/art/HerbavitaColorChart.jpg


(El Topo) #16

Not trying to make any big science out of this I think that for an Indio or Mexicano, any gringo(with blue eyes at least) was a “blondie”.

And by the way do you Know where the word Gringo first appeared. I do not know if this it’s true of course, but it has some logical. The uniform of the North-american soldiers in the first American Mexican war was green, so when they charged or attacked the oficers often scream GREEN GO, of course the mexicans hearing that started to call them GRINGOS, wich I might say it’s a very cool word, way better than Yankees IMO ;D


(chuck connors brother) #17

[quote=“volonte, post:15, topic:2381”]Yes, but the film makers are italian. ;D

See for example dark ash blonde in this chart. :smiley:
http://www.bodyofgrace.com/art/HerbavitaColorChart.jpg[/quote]

Judging by the chart, Clint looks as if he is 7D : Golden Blonde


(Silvanito) #18

There is also the comic strip Blondie

And Hitler’s dog was also called Blondie

;D


(Col. Douglas Mortimer) #19

I know an interesting bit about hitler. Theyl’ve uncovered some dental records recently and apparently Hitler had bad breath!

The more I learn about the man, the more I don’t like him! On top of everything else, his breath stinks! LOL


(Silvanito) #20

Hitler was an interesting person, and the 1930s and WW2 was a very complex and interesting time in history

There’s been a lot of propaganda about Hitler, but he certainly wasn’t the monster he’s been depicted as… even if he happened to have bad breath ;D