Museum of Moving Image honors prolific director

Clint Eastwood was toasted and only slightly roasted by thesps, including Morgan Freeman and Hilary Swank, when he was feted Tuesday in Gotham by the Museum of the Moving Image, following an unspooling of his pic “Invictus.”

On first working with Eastwood and harboring a bit of a crush, Marcia Gay Harden confessed, “I bit a hole in my tongue to shut myself up.”

She then dispelled the myth that the helmer never does more than two takes, because it took more like 10 takes for her to nail a scene thanks to the lisp she had acquired from her injury.

Kevin Bacon noted that working with Eastwood was quite “different from working with other directors throughout my career — for instance, Oliver Stone.”

Eastwood said he experienced mild discomfort over seeing himself age in his film clips. “As you get older and wiser — some of us do — hopefully, I’m not regressing!”

The septuagenarian multi-hyphenate also warned: “I’m going to stick around: Don’t cut me short.”

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