Speaking to the BBC, Morricone said he said no to Eastwood “out of respect” for Sergio Leone, whose trilogy of 1960s spaghetti Westerns — which helped Eastwood rise to fame — he had famously scored.
“I missed a great opportunity and I am really sorry,” he said. “When Clint called me, I said no out of respect to Sergio Leone, not because I did not like the movies that he did.”
Morricone — who has 56 awards, including five BAFTAs to his name for a career spanning five decades and more than 400 films — was awarded an honorary Oscar in 2007, which was presented by Eastwood. He embarks on a European tour next month.
This article was first published by The Hollywood Reporter