There was one cast member that got little recognition for his role in the new Clint Eastwood movie, Gran Torino. That cast member was Gus, the Original garden gnome. Actually, a total of 4 of them were involved in the making of this movie.One was used as a casualty of the gang-instigated fight on disgruntled Korean War vet Walt Kowalski’s (Clint Eastwood) lawn.We believe it took a total of 3 gnomes to get the scene just right.The other appeared standing in front of Walt’s porch as if helping him guard his property from the gang that was intent on bringing the young man next door into their fold.
Since gnomes have become more popular in recent years thanks to the Travelocity ads engaging them in different life experiences, garden gnomes from GnomeTownUSA.com have made their mark in print ads, television, and on the big screen. Suddenly, the garden gnome has become part of today’s young Hollywood crowd, showing up at awards shows, nightclubs, and elite parties and events. As such, they have also become somewhat of a divo (a male version of the diva), demanding their own trailers, expensive bling, and fashion stylists.
However, we feel in the interest of artistic expression, the garden gnomes are well worth all the fuss. We wish to commend Mr. Eastwood for creating another fantastic movie (and funnier than expected) and wish him continued success. Clint has said that this is the last time he’s going to be in front of the lens. We at GnomeTownUSA.com can only hope that he reconsiders and also that the gnomes are given roles with more substance in his next movie (and higher pay, of course).
Please be aware that Gran Torino is an “R” rated movie for language throughout, and some violence.