Eastwood is a true movie 'star'. His acting ability wasn't necessarily wonderful, but he could dominate the frame with a single look of those steely eyes. When he's up there on the screen, you can't take your eyes off him, particularly in his roles in Leone's spaghetti westerns.
As a director, he is accomplished and his films very watchable. The Beguiled, High Plains Drifter and Bird are particularly good from his early catalogue, and of course Unforgiven is an excellent film. He is a huge talent and one of the most charismatic men out there, and deserves the accolades he receives.
"He may look like an idiot and talk like an idiot but don't let that fool you. He really is an idiot."