Dwight Yoakam to Appear in New Clint Eastwood Film ‘Cry Macho’

Country music legend Dwight Yoakam will once again be utilizing his acting talents and participating in his second passion when he takes the screen in the latest Clint Eastwood-directed film, the highly-anticipated Cry Macho. Starring Eastwood as well, the film’s cast also includes Eduardo Minett, Natalia Traven, Horacio Garcia Rojas and Fernanda Urrejola.

Based on the novel Cry Macho written by N. Richard Nash who also wrote the screenplay with Nick Schenk, Clint Eastwood plays a one-time rodeo star and washed-up horse breeder who in 1978 takes a job from an ex-boss to bring the man’s young son home and away from his alcoholic mom. Crossing rural Mexico on their back way to Texas, the pair faces unexpected challenges during which the old horseman finds his a sense of redemption through teaching the young boy what it means to be a man.

Though Dwight Yoakam’s specific role in the film has yet to be revealed, he’s considered one of the primary members of the supporting cast. Yoakam has appeared in 23 feature films over his career, including most famously in the movie Slingblade as abusive boyfriend and bad musician Doyle Hargraves in 1996. But his acting output has slowed in recent years. Cry Macho will only be Yoakam’s third film in the last eleven years. The movie wrapped filming in December 2020 in New Mexico.

Cry Macho was originally set to be filmed in 2003, with Arnold Schwarzenegger cast in the leading role. But after he was elected Governor of California, the project was postponed. A proposed second effort in 2011 was also scrapped. Now the film is set to be released digitally by HBO Max, as well as in theaters by Warner Bros. Pictures on October 22nd, 2021.

With the significant attention any Clint Eastwood film brings, this should be a big opportunity for Dwight Yoakam to return to the silver screen.

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