Dwight Yoakam’s Character Revealed in Clint Eastwood’s ‘Cry Macho’

Well well well. Saving Country Music already reported back in April that country music legend Dwight Yoakam would once again be utilizing his acting talents and participating in his second passion by taking the screen in the latest Clint Eastwood-directed film, the highly-anticipated Cry Macho. Based on the novel Cry Macho written by N. Richard Nash, 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. 

What we didn’t know is exactly what role Dwight Yoakam would play, or how prominent it would be. Well now that we finally have a trailer for the film (see below), we come to find out Yoakam is one of the central figures as the Eastwood character’s ex-boss. Yoakam’s dialog opens the trailer, and he can be seen throughout.

The movie follows Eastwood and the son crossing rural Mexico on their back way to Texas as they face unexpected challenges during which the old horseman finds a sense of redemption through teaching the young boy what it means to be a man.

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 September 17th, 2021.

Along with Clint Eastwood and Dwight Yoakam, the film’s cast also includes Eduardo Minett, Natalia Traven, Horacio Garcia Rojas, and Fernanda Urrejola.

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.

Clint Eastwood films regularly receive strong commercial reception and critical acclaim. Cry Macho could be a good opportunity for renewed recognition for Dwight Yoakam.

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