When discussing the most iconic screen actors of all time, you’d be a fool not to cite Clint Eastwood.

The 91-year-old has been active in the industry across a whopping eight decades now, turning in world-famous performances in the likes of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Dirty Harry.

As well as being an accomplished actor, Clint is arguably just as well regarded for his directorial output, having helmed and starred in such acclaimed films as Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby, and Gran Torino.

He recently impressed with Richard Jewell and has returned to the director’s chair while also starring as the lead in a new American neo-western based on a 1975 N. Richard Nash novel. We follow a former rodeo star who is hired to reunite a young man in Mexico with his father in the US.

As you’ll know, we often see crews passing off locations as another in the realm of cinema. With this in mind, where was Cry Macho filmed?

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Where was Cry Macho filmed?

All sequences featured in Cry Macho were filmed entirely in New Mexico between November 4th and December 15th 2020.

Fans of the filmmaker may not be too surprised to see that he shot the project in the southwestern state, as he also filmed 2018’s The Mule in the very same region; he directed and starred in that too.

It’s thrilling to learn that Cry Macho meant that 250 crew hands, ten supporting cast members, and 600 people as extras were employed from the state of New Mexico.

As for specifics, the production took the team to Socorro County and Polvadera, which is actually a CDP (census-designated place) found on the west bank of the Rio Grande. Additionally, those familiar with the area may notice that some scenes were filmed out in Valencia County.

While there, cinematographer Ben Davis strikingly captured the city of Belen, which is the second most populous in the county. Navigating this central region of the state, the team was able to have sections of Main Street closed off so they weren’t interrupted by the public.

At 417 South Main Street, the crew shot at Montaño’s Family Restaurant, and everybody involved was sure to follow COVID-19 guidelines to ensure the safety of both stars and workers.

Additionally, the New Mexico State Film Office includes that Sandoval, Bernalillo, and Sierra counties made it into the production. Back when production commenced on November 4th, it was actually Albuquerque in Bernalillo County they were in.

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Down in New Mexico

Of course, Cry Macho is far from the first film to make the most of New Mexico’s cinematic locations.

Check out a shortlist of movies that were filmed there below:

  • Ace in the Hole
  • Army of the Dead
  • Easy Rider
  • Hell or High Water
  • Hostiles
  • Independence Day
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  • Logan
  • No Country for Old Men
  • Sicario
  • Superman
  • Thor
  • Transformers
  • True Grit

“I love movies”

While in conversation with Parade, Clint was asked if he had considered retiring. However, it’s clear that there are more projects to expect from the master:

“I don’t think so. I’m constantly figuring out what I’m going to do next. I still love taking somebody’s idea, whether it’s a book or a play, and developing it. Maybe other people want to do a few movies and quit, and that’s great. Maybe they’ve got something else they could do and keep busy. I don’t.”

Wrapping up, he added: “I love movies and enjoy making them.”

Well, the fans certainly enjoy watching them, so business as usual would surely be a blessing.

Cry Macho is now screening in cinemas and on HBO Max.

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