Of course, Eastwood is still alive and well, but the events of that almost fatal day still seem to be fresh in his memory. The actor told The Hollywood Reporter in 2016, “We went down at about 4 o’clock in the afternoon” – despite the fact that the crash happened more than 60 years ago.
Eastwood added to The Hollywood Reporter, “I could see the Marin County coast from a distance. I don’t know how far it was — it seemed like 50 miles, but it was probably a mile or two. Then it got dark. It was quite a way into nightfall before we reached [the coast].”