For awhile, people wrongfully assumed that director Clint Eastwood's next project was a long overdue fifth sequel to his original 1971 cop drama Dirty Harry. But that information was proven false. As it turns out, Gran Torino is actually about an old racist man that bonds with an ethnic teenager over their shared love of cars.

Now, Eastwood has spoken out on the film. In an interview published by USA Today, Clint described his Gran Torino character while out promoting The Changeling. Here is what he had to say:

"I'm a weirdo in it. I play a real racist. ... It's a great time in life (to do that) because, you know, what can they do to you once you're past 70? There's nothing they can do. But it also has redemption. This Hmong family moves in next door, and he has been in the Korean War, in the infantry, and looks down on Asian people and lumps everybody together. But finally they befriend him in his time of need because he has no relationship with his family."

Gran Torino does not have a set release date, but it should be in theaters before the end of the year.

B. Alan Orange