Eastwood, the son of Oscar-winner Clint, was good friends with "Furious" star Paul Walker, who died in a car crash in 2013 while taking a break from filming "Furious 7," which was ultimately released two years later. And in many ways, Eastwood is stepping into the vacancy created by Walker's absence in the new film.
"He was [a good friend]," Eastwood told TODAY's Savannah Guthrie Wednesday.
On the show Wednesday, Eastwood also acknowledged that Walker's absence was very present on the set while filming. "It was on my mind, it was on everybody's mind who was friends with him [while] making the film, the entire cast," he said.
"Ultimately I decided, 'What better way to continue his legacy than to keep making these films that everybody loves so much?'" added Eastwood.
At 31, Eastwood has an ease with the camera and a poise beyond his years, but it's quite possible he learned about Hollywood from the master: his dad. So did he get any advice from The Man With No Name about how to do his job?
|Paul Walker in 2001's "The Fast and the Furious."|
Scott Eastwood Says His Dad, Clint, Made Him 'Work for Everything': He 'Never Game Me a Cent'
Scott Eastwood can hold his own. In a new interview with Men's Health, the Fate of the Furious actor said his father, legendary actor-director Clint Eastwood, made him work his way to the top.
"I came [to Hollywood] to try and do something, and nobody took me seriously," Scott, 31, told the magazine, via the Daily Mail. "Everyone brushed me off, like, 'You're Clint Eastwood's son, you're not a real f--king actor.' Some people are still like that. I never thought I would last in this business, but it finally seems to be working out."
In fact, Scott says Clint, 86, never threw money his way. "My dad never gave me a cent," he told the magazine. "He made me work for everything. Man, he was hard on me, but it hardened me and gave me drive."
Clint is also dad of Kimber, 52, Kyle, 48, Alison, 44, Kathryn, 29, Francesca, 23, and Morgan, 20. He shares Kimber with Roxanne Tunis; Kyle and Alison with Maggie Johnson; Scott and Kathryn with Jacelyn Reeves; Francesca with Frances Fisher; and Morgan with Dina Eastwood.
Scott Eastwood: 'No one in Hollywood took me seriously because of my famous name'
Scott Eastwood also revealed that his famous dad Clint didn't give him a cent to help boost his career.
Scott Eastwood was given the brush off when he first tried his luck in Hollywood despite being the son of screen legend Clint Eastwood.
The handsome star now has credits in movies like Suicide Squad and Fury under his belt, and can soon be seen in the next Fast and Furious instalment, The Fate of the Furious.
While it’s easy to assume having such a famous name would give him a leg-up in showbiz, Scott says in reality it was actually a hindrance.
"I came (to Hollywood) to try and do something, and nobody took me seriously," Scott told Men’s Health. "Everyone brushed me off, like, 'You're Clint Eastwood's son, you're not a real f**king actor.'
“Some people are still like that. I never thought I would last in this business, but it finally seems to be working out."
To top off his troubles, Scott’s famous father also refused to help him out financially when it came to the 31-year-old forging ahead with an acting career.
“My dad never gave me a cent," he shared. “He made me work for everything. Man, he was hard on me, but it hardened me and gave me drive."
However Oscar-winning actor and director Clint did eventually relent and cast Scott in his 2006 movie Flags of Our Fathers, Scott's big screen debut, and two years later in Gran Torino.
The Fate of the Furious hits screens later this month (Apr17), and sees franchise favourites Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and Michelle Rodriguez share screen time with newcomers Scott, Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren.
The eightth instalment marks the first time late actor Paul Walker will be missing from the franchise since 2006’s The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.
“I knew Paul for close to 15 years, he was a mentor and an older brother to me,” Scott said.
“So when my agents brought up the project, my first thought was that it was just too close to home. But the more I thought about it, I imagined that Paul would be looking down at me, saying ‘Don’t be an idiot, just go out there and do it’.”