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2021 Fictitious Contributor Round 2

Frankie Dunn

Frankie Dunn
  • Contest: 2021 Fictitious Contributor Round 2
  • TV Show/Movie Appeared: Million Dollar Baby (2004)
  • Actor/Actress: Clint Eastwood
  • Why you should vote:: Eastwood was gold in this role.
  • Why you should not vote:: He did kill his protégé at the end; sure it was a mercy killing but damn!
  • Perhaps what we love most about Clint Eastwood as that he allows his characters to be as old as he is. You would think that would be obvious, but how many action stars looked ridiculous in roles that they were clearly too old or out of shape for? Although with Eastwood’s gruff voice and mean look he might still be believable as an ass kicker, he has instead morphed into grumpy old man territory whereby he has shown the most layered performances of his career; as the former tough guy reconciling with his past.

    It wasn’t Frankie Dunn as a boxing trainer that we were drawn to in Million Dollar Baby, but Frankie Dunn as an only moderately successful boxing manager and less successful father that caught our attention. It is his attempt to be the latter to his new female protégé that is the heart of this film. Even well into Social Security, Clint Eastwood can hardly do wrong….unless it is at the Republican National Convention.

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