'The Mule' star Manny Montana reveals what sets a Clint Eastwood movie apart
In 'The Mule' Manny Montana plays Axl, a cartel hitman who has been sent to track down Clint Eastwood’s character after he goes MIA
Manny Montana had a great year in 2018 and the trend will seemingly continue in 2019 as well. As one of the stars of Netflix’s ‘Good Girls’ he found his way into the hearts of many fans of this dramedy, which has been renewed for season 2 and will premiere March 3, 2019. Towards the end of the year, he got to be in the Clint Eastwood film ‘The Mule.’
‘The Mule’ narrates the story of Earl Stone, a 90-year-old horticulturist and Korean War veteran, who has been estranged from her family, come into financial crisis and has become a drug mule. Montana’s Axl is a cartel hitman who has been sent to track down Clint Eastwood’s character after he goes MIA.
Regarding his role Montana told MEAWW, “He’s been sent to do a job and has no feelings behind it. It’s very different from my role in 'Good Girls.'” As fun as it was for Montana to play Axl, he is not a guy you would want to root for, he said, adding, “In GG, Rio is so relatable and I think people know it’s all about the money for him, but he’s slowly catching interest in the excitement the girls bring to his world.”
“It’s a small, but so damn fun role! I couldn’t pass up on the chance to work with the legend [Clint Eastwood],” said Montana, who revealed the roller-coaster that was his audition process. “When you know you’re auditioning for a Clint Eastwood movie the pressure is the same no matter who’s in the room.”
“I actually auditioned for a totally different role. My manager and agent called me and said, ‘Unfortunately...’ and mentally I immediately moved on, but when they continued talking, I was so excited to hear Clint liked me for another role! And look, people can play cool all they like, but I was geeked to be working with him! I grew up on his movies and my family and friends knew how much this meant to me. Plus, he legitimately looks like my grandpa who passed away five years ago, so just being around him was good for my soul,” gushed Montana.
Continuing to shower praise on Eastwood, Montana said his sets are like nothing he had ever experienced. “Everyone is working as a unit! Everyone knows what the next shot is and everyone wants to do a great job because they know who the boss is. And, I could not believe how involved Clint was with every little detail! That man is sharp as a tack and funnier than you’d ever believe.”
“I already looked up to him, but after I met him, he became a hero of mine. I want to be as in love with my job as he is when I’m his age. I want to keep that spark and curiosity he has until the day I die. He taught me to be comfortable being uncomfortable,” added Montana, elaborating, “It was the dead of summer in Atlanta and the man refused to put the A/C on in the car and I LOVED that. And, he didn’t make a big deal about it, he simply said ‘I think it’s more real this way. It’s good to be uncomfortable.’ I’ll take that to the grave with me.”