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Director Robert Lorenz steps out of Eastwood’s shadow for ‘Trouble with the Curve’

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Director Clint Eastwood (L) and Producer Robert Lorenz accept a Critics' Choice Awards held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Filmmaker Robert Lorenz’ name has rolled past in the credits at the end of many movies that millions of people have seen.

Lorenz is best known for assistant directing and producing movies with his partner, iconic actor and director Clint Eastwood. His partnership with Eastwood has been a fruitful one, yielding such movies as “Million Dollar Baby,” “The Bridges of Madison County,” “Space Cowboys” and “Gran Torino.” Some of their collaborations have also been recognized by the industry - “Mystic River” and “Letters from Iwo Jima” earned them a pair of Academy Award nominations.

Lorenz has been widely regarded as Eastwood’s right-hand man for years, and now, with Eastwood winding down his career, Lorenz has stepped into the director’s chair for the upcoming “Trouble with the Curve.” The new movie stars Eastwood, Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake and the tells the story of an aging baseball scout who is coming to terms with the twilight of his career working in the sport to which he has dedicated his life and reconnecting with is his semi-estranged daughter along the way.

What can a first time director learn from an icon like Eastwood? What are other successful Hollywood producing teams?


Robert Lorenz, director of “Trouble with the Curve”; also worked with Clint Eastwood as a producer and assistant director on “Million Dollar Baby,” “The Bridges of Madison County,” “Space Cowboys,” “Gran Torino,” “Mystic River,” “Letters from Iwo Jima” and others

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