Clint Eastwood hopes to have a looooong career ahead of him.
The Academy Award-winning director and actor talked about his appreciation for the art of film directing on Saturday, April 27. The legendary filmmaker joined fellow director Darren Aronofsky for a staged talk at the Tribeca Film Festival.
"It would be great to be 105 and still making films," Eastwood, 82, said. Laughing, he called such a hope "the ultimate optimism," according to the Associated Press.
He made his comments after expressing his admiration for 104-year-old Portuguese director, Manoel de Oliveira, who is known for films such as "Gebo and the Shadow" and "The Strange Case of Angelica."
The legendary movie star last directed his 2011 biopic, "J. Edgar," which depicted the life of FBI head J. Edgar Hoover. The actor also recently appeared in the 2012 film, "Trouble with the Curve," which marked his first acting gig in over four years. The sports film was directed by Robert Lorenz, who has produced several films with Eastwood.
Along with expressing his love for filmmaking, the esteemed director offered some words of wisdom to the crowd.
Eastwood shared that he prefers to begin a take with "Go when you're ready," rather than the traditional "Action," because "action' puts a bad connotation out there -- like some firecracker that goes off to get everyone going."
He also explained how he gets his big ideas for his films: steal them.
"You have to steal a lot," he said. "You have to have a criminal mentality to be a film director."
The actor, who recently attended his 40-year-old daughter's swanky wedding, is known for his big screen blockbusters including "Unforgiven," "Gran Torino" and "Million Dollar Baby." He currently has several films in development, according to the outlet.