Sean Penn was a natural choice to present the Dirty Harry star wtih the trophy - Santa Barbara film fest's top honour. The two men worked together on Mystic River, and have similar approaches to their career, mixing acting with directing
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Sean Penn makes Clint Eastwood's day with Modern Master award
30 JANUARY 2009
He often refers to himself as "just a kid" and likes to tell reporters: "I've got a lot of stuff to do yet". Even so, 78-year-old Clint Eastwood got a chance to look back and reflect on his illustrious career at California's Santa Barbara film festival.
The Dirty Harry star received the Modern Master Award – equivalent to a lifetime achievement accolade – from Sean Penn, the Oscar-winning lead from Clint-directed 2003 flick Mystic River.
"He's just been somebody I'm very grateful to have had a chance to work with. And nobody can be called master like Clint, so it's an appropriate honour," said Sean.