Scott Eastwood proved he has his dad Clint’s toughness when he ignored studio bosses and went bull riding to get a feel for the sport that features in his new film The Longest Ride.
The Fury actor wasn’t allowed near a bull during filming, even though he plays a rider in director George Tillman, Jr.’s adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ novel, but he didn’t want to hit the post-movie press tour without at least experiencing the thrill of the buck.
He tells press, “I was a big fan of the sport prior to the film. I knew some of the stars. I had gone to rodeo as a kid; I’d been to the Salinas rodeo.
“I took the role very seriously. I was hanging with the guys and watching them buck bulls and drinking beers with them. They never let me on a bull but I went behind (studio) Fox’s back and they weren’t too happy about it! I went and bucked a bull after filming.
“I didn’t want to go around and talk that I knew what bull riding was about without really bucking a bull. I lasted about two and a half seconds!”
The mischief maker also upset producers on the set by pulling a prank just before a night shoot and convincing them he had been pulled over by police and arrested.
Co-star Britt Robertson recalls, “One time when we were on our way to a location, he called the producers and the director and said, ‘You know, I’m not gonna be able to make it. My buddy and I were just pulled over by the cops. We’re having some issues. There was some alcohol in the car;’ and it was this huge story’.
“We had a night shoot, a 12 hour night shoot in the rain. I’m on set trying to get my hair done, freaking out and trying to get ready. Then it ended up being just a complete hoax. He was just giggling, loving it. He showed up smiling with his shirt off, as happy as he can be.”
We actually had the chance to chat with Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson and Nicholas Sparks today in Atlanta – check back next week for our interview with them!