Clint Eastwood's Stompin' Tom Connors Biopic Is April Fool's Joke

Clint Eastwood Headshot - P 2013
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Clint Eastwood Headshot - P 2013

Top Canadian media fell for the online prank that had the "Mystic River" director behind a movie about the late cowboy troubador.

TORONTO – No, Clint Eastwood will not be directing an Australian actor as the late Canadian cowboy troubador Stompin' Tom Connors in the reported biopic The Ballad of Stompin' Tom.

But the project did make a good April Fool’s prank that ensnared top Canadian newspapers this week like the Vancouver Sun and the Global and Mail and Huffington Post Canada.

News of the Eastwood-directed biopic first surfaced on the Broadway World website on April 1, and indicated Aussie actor Bryan Brown would star as Connors, and Shania Twain as his wife.

The prank follows the Canadian country music star last month dying from natural causes at age 77 years.

The guitar-playing Ontario cowboy wrote about 300 songs during his long career, including hits like “Sudbury Saturday Night” and “Bud the Spud.”