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VIDEO: Clint Eastwood Talks Decision to Take On JERSEY BOYS Directing Duties

Clint Eastwood stopped by this morning's TODAY on NBC to talk about his decision to take on directing duties for the new film 'Jersey Boys.' While the 'tough guy' actor might not seem like the right person to transform the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons from a Tony-winning Broadway show to the big screen, Eastwood revealed that his decision to helm the project came out of a true appreciation for their unique sound and the fact that they were considered the underdog at the early stages of their career.

"There's always that starting out where nobody believes in you, and you're the only person who believes in you," explained the director, "and then something good happens."

Check out this morning's appearance below!

The film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical JERSEY BOYS will hit theaters on June 20th. Directed byClint Eastwood, JERSEY BOYS, written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, features the music and lyrics ofBob Gaudio & Bob Crewe.

JERSEY BOYS follows the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. It is about a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks who became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide - all before they were thirty. The show features all their hits including "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Oh What A Night," "Walk Like A Man," "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" and "Working My Way Back To You."

JERSEY BOYS is the recipient of the 2006 Tony Award for Best Musical and the 2009 Olivier Award for Best Musical. The Original Broadway Cast Recording, produced by Bob Gaudio, received the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album and has been certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America(RIAA). The Broadway production also won the 2006 Outer Critics Circle & Drama League Awards for Best Musical. The London production also won the 2009 UK People¹s Choice and What¹s on Stage Awards for Best New Musical. The Toronto production won three Dora Awards, including the Audience Choice Award for Outstanding Production. The Australian production is 2010 recipient of the Helpmann Award for Australia¹s Best Musical and seven Victorian Green Room Awards.

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