Every Which Way But Loose is a classic comedy which was released in 1978.
It featured the charming Clint Eastwood, and Manis the orangutan.
The film tells the tale of Philo, a trucker and constant brawler who travels the American West with his best friend and manager, Clyde, his pet orangutan.
The film was directed by the incredible James Fargo.
But, here are a few facts about the film we bet you didn’t know.
According to the book “Clint Eastwood: Hollywood’s Loner” (1992) by Michael Munn, Eastwood called Manis the Orangutan “one of the most natural actors I ever worked with! But you had to get him on the first take because his boredom level was very limited”.
The film was the first ever film to have an opening weekend of ten million dollars or more.
Nobody on Clint’s management team wanted him to do the film. They didn’t think it was funny, or that it would go down well with audiences. It ended up being a huge hit and inspired a money-making sequel.
Manis the Orangutan once got upset and grabbed Clint Eastwood while he was driving a truck. Thankfully the ape’s trainers was able to calm Manis down by speaking to him over the two-way radio.
The script and the role of Philo was originally intended for Burt Reynolds.