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Clint Eastwood's "The Mule" Movie Set Experience

Sometime in June, Walt  emailed a request for pictures of my Jaguar.  He wrote that Clint Eastwood was going to be filming a movie in Las Cruces and they wanted some classic cars for the shoot. 

About a month later he emailed me that my car was not selected for the shoot.  Then on the afternoon of Thursday, July the 26th Walt called and asked if I could get the car over to the location now.  I keep the car at my mother’s house in her garage as she doesn’t live on a dirt road.  This way the car doesn’t get very dusty as if I drove on a dirt road from my house.  I told Walt that I would be there in about 20 minutes.  When I hung up I realized it would take more like 30 minutes as I had to go to my mother’s house to get it.  Later Walt called again and asked where I was and I told him I was about 10 minutes away.  When I got there, they directed me to park the car in front of the door to the house.  There were several cars there including Walt’s XKE, Ron’s XKE, Ed’s Austin Healey, Mike's Bentley and a Shelby Cobra. They put Mexican license plates on our cars.  I hung around watching the people working on the set.  I happened to be standing at the front door when Clint Eastwood walked out.  I greeted him and told him I brought my car for the shoot.  We began to talk about cars.  He was very pleasant to talk with and wasn’t in a hurry to leave.  He said he once owned a Jaguar XK150 and an XKE.  He looked at my car and said it was beautiful and that I should take it to the Pebble Beach Concourse.  I told him it wasn’t nice enough for that.  I asked if I could get some pictures of us together and a person on the set offered to take some pictures with my phone. 

I then wandered around the set, taking some pictures and watching as they did some of the filming outside and inside the house.  It was very interesting watching how much time is taken to shoot a couple of minutes worth of filming.  We were there for a few hours and later told that the cars were needed for Friday also. 

When I got home, I told Connie where I was and who I had met.  I told her I was going back on Friday evening and that she could go with me. 

When we got there Friday evening, they had me park the car at the front door again. We were taken to the remote location where they had their food service and treated us to a delicious meal.  There was grilled salmon, steaks, a salad bar, pastries and many more items.  We were then taken back to the filming location where we watched the filming being done. It was getting dark so they had a big tethered light globe which lit up the driveway and the front of the house.  I took some pictures with the car at the front of the house and later when the moon was rising from behind the house.  We watched the shooting of the pool scene and left about 9:30 PM. 

I also was paid for the use of the car being filmed.  The best part of being involved was meeting and talking with Clint Eastwood and finding out what a really nice person he is.  I have been a fan of his for many years. 

I now see why it costs so much to produce a movie with a large number of people involved, all the different locations needed, the equipment needed and the time involved.

I don’t know if the car will be in the movie or edited out but it was very exciting being there.

When I told my son about the experience, he reminded me of another big car experience I had.  When Neil Young was here for a concert many years ago, he used my Cadillac which was filmed outside and projected on the screen at the PanAm so the audience could see the band leaving in it.  It really pays to have a classic car sometimes." 

Larry