Clint Eastwood had never seen the musical Jersey Boys, which tells the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, before he signed on to direct the film version. “Somebody asked me if I’d be interested in doing it, I said, ‘Well, let me look at it,’” Eastwood said at a screening of his new film, in Manhattan, on Monday. “So I went to three different plays, and I ended up here, on Broadway, seeing it. For the most part we tried to keep all the original players,” he said. The studio hinted that they would not object to packing the film with big-name movie stars, but he preferred to cast the stage veterans.
“They’re terrific actors, some of the best I’ve ever worked with,” Eastwood said. “And it was a great pleasure for me to tell this story about ‘New Joisey.’”