Chainsaw artist and reality TV star Stacy Poitras has revealed the nail-biting moment when he asked iconic film-maker Clint Eastwood for his daughter's hand in marriage.
In an exclusive interview with DailyMailTV, Poitras said the eyes of the Dirty Harry star narrowed and he stared at his characteristic tough guy after asking the screen legend if he could marry his daughter Alison.
& # 39; He looks at me like that, & # 39; Poitras said, his eyes squinting threateningly. & # 39; You know, the Clint is looking for Eastwood, I'd say five seconds. But those five seconds felt like five hours. & # 39;
Poitras said that Eastwood then said to him: & # 39; you should include that & # 39 ;, in his famous hoarse whisper, before the stubborn artist shot back: & # 39; Is that a yes or a no? & # 39;
& # 39; I was thinking, "I'm not sad to tolerate that dick," he added.
& # 39; He said, "That's a yes son." And he shook my hand and I was like, man, that's great, he just called me son. At least he didn't call me an asshole, he said yes. & # 39;
Poitras spoke for the first time about the memorable moment at a Thanksgiving dinner in Pebble Beach, California, almost ten years ago.
Chainsaw Gang star Stacy Poitras has opened his life as a sculptor for the stars and is married to Hollywood royalty in an exclusive interview with DailyMailTV
The 52-year-old, who now runs a multi-million dollar company that sells artworks he sculpted with a chainsaw, unveiled the custom-made horned owl (photo) he made for his father-in-law – based on Eastwood & # 39; s love for the animal
Poitras, who married Alison Eastwood in 2013, told how his father-in-law stared at him as a characteristic tough guy when he asked for his daughter's hand in marriage
He married the stunning actress Alison Eastwood on March 16, 2013, and the couple happily remained married.
Poitras, 52, has even sculpted a special great horned owl for his father-in-law – based on Eastwood & # 39; s love for the animal that often floats above his home in Northern California.
Poitras – the one-time star of the Chainsaw Gang reality show – is now starting to get married about his extraordinary life as an artist and in Hollywood royalty.
Not only does he have to contend with his world-famous father-in-law and famous actress, but also the star of Poitras, the brother-in-law of Scott Eastwood.
But the modest sculptor of a chainsaw – who cuts works of art from huge pieces of wood – has kept his feet firmly on the ground.
And speaking exclusively with DailyMailTV from his outdoor studio in Calabasas, California, the talented artist from Plymouth, Massachusetts reveals how he has built a company of millions of dollars from selling sculptures on the side of the road for a few dollars to a command to $ 30,000 each today.
He is now world famous in his field and travels through America with his art.
Poitras is also the subject of a recent documentary called & # 39; The Chainsaw Artist & # 39 ;, in which he cuts the seven deadly sins and exhibits the pieces at locations around LA that have been chosen to reflect the sins.
The artist married in one of Hollywood's most famous families, but became a prominent figure in itself after collecting a list of celebrities. He is pictured above with wife Alison, his father-in-law and brother-in-law Scott
His unusual craft is sought after by megastars Nicholas Cage, Sam Elliot, Mel Gibson, Paul Newman and jazz saxophonist Kenny G under the great names of celebrities who have purchased his work.
Stacy first discovered chainsaw carving when he was 17 years old while studying at the prestigious School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, focusing on painting.
He was on his way to the art academy when he saw a man cutting a wooden bear along the road with a chainsaw.
Poitras remembers: & # 39; That is not only the most masculine that I have seen, but also the most sensitive. He was an artist, but he was a lumberjack. Put the two together. That's pretty cool. & # 39;
The iconic film hardman who stares his trademark in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
He decided to give it a try and immediately started selling items.
But his first attempt at chainsaw art began with a whine.
& # 39; I tried to cut a bear, but a woman asked, "How much for the gorilla?" I was quite offended. & # 39; That was my first sale. & # 39;
After earning enough money, Poitras quit the art academy, moved to California and did not look back.
He started selling his sculptures on the side of the road in the manicured hills above Malibu.
& # 39; I hoped some rich people would pass by, & # 39; he said.
Poitras cut an eagle from a tree trunk that took him five days to complete.
& # 39; Nobody wanted to buy the eagle, I had no more money & # 39 ;, he recalls. & # 39; I sat down and started crying, sobbing with my chainsaw.
& # 39; I thought I don't know why I do this. I don't know how I'm going to survive. & # 39;
The struggling artist began to lose hope.
& # 39; But the next thing you know is that famous actor Paul Newman stops and buys the image for $ 400 – Paul Newman bought my image, & # 39; he said.
The Beginning: Stacy, originally from Plymouth, Massachusetts, began sculpting at 17 (photo) when he was a student at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts in Boston, focusing on painting
After earning enough money by selling sculptures on the side of the road, Stacy quit school and moved to California. He is pictured above in action at 19
Among his famous clients is Oscar nominated actor Sam Elliot (left) who met Poitras while buying firewood near his Calabasas studio, and asked for a Smokey Bear sculpture
& # 39; That gave me hope. Something is going to happen if I just keep doing my thing and am authentic and not giving up. It is going to happen. & # 39;
That same day in 1998, The Color of Money star ordered a huge $ 20,000 statue from Poitras for a camp he ran for children with terminal cancer.
The money helped establish the struggling artist and as his confidence grew, so did his prize.
He recalls that he was working on his life-size reproduction of Pietà by Michelangelo outside his Malibu store when Hollywood star Mel Gibson stopped.
& # 39; He was building a church in the street and said, "How much for the Pietà?".
& # 39; I told him it was $ 20,000 and we shook hands with the sale.
& # 39; It took me about a month to finish and when I finished, Mel sent his husband down to give me the money and he had a $ 10,000 check.
& # 39; I said, "No, we shook $ 20,000," and he said, "Well, Mel thinks it's worth 10,000."
& # 39; I was a starving artist back then, so I took the money, $ 10,000 was $ 1 million for me then. So I was happy with the sale and I have nothing against him. & # 39;
Another famous client was Oscar nominated actor Sam Elliott who met Poitras while buying firewood near his studio in Calabasas.
& # 39; We started talking and he told me he would like to have a Smokey Bear sculpture.
& # 39; And I thought, okay, that's pretty weird. & # 39; Why would you like Smokey Bear? & # 39; And he said he had been Smokey the Bear's voice for years … so I connected him. & # 39;
Elliot – a star of dozens of Western films and more recently A Star is Born – has been expressing Smokey Bear since 2008 and even shares the date of birth of the American fire brigade mascot (August 9, 1944).
Stacy's beautiful sculptures now sell for up to $ 30,000 each, but he admits that it took years to perfect his craft
The artist explained how he was once discouraged after a woman confused his leg sculpture with a gorilla. Pictured above is one of Stacy & # 39; s complicated works
Nicholas Cage, Sam Elliot, Mel Gibson, Paul Newman and jazz saxophonist Kenny G are among the big names of celebrities who have purchased the work of Poitras. He was also featured on CMT & # 39; s Chainsaw Gang from 2012 to 2016
However, not all celebrities are impressed by the work of Poitras.
TV legend Joan Rivers stopped to watch one of his works – before he drove away.
& # 39; I was carving a bunch of skulls when a limousine came up and the rear window rolled down and it's Joan Rivers, & # 39; he remembers.
& # 39; She looks and says, "Oh, you're satanic" … she rolled up the window and drove away – so I lost that sale. & # 39;
Poitras – who owns Deadwood Tree Sculptures – has been using a chainsaw for 35 years now because his artistic paintbrush and his sculptures can be seen in hundreds of newspapers, magazines, TV shows and commercials, including a Super Bowl advertisement.
He was also the creator, supervising producer and star of his own TV program called Chainsaw Gang, which had an average of one million viewers per episode.
His unique style is figurative / realism and he is inspired by 15th and 16th century Renaissance artists such as Michelangelo, Bernini and DaVinci.
He summarizes his talent: & # 39; I have beautiful reclining nudes and skulls and tits and full frontal naked men and only things that I like. & # 39;
Poitras says he likes to use a chainsaw because it is so & # 39; violent and destructive & # 39; and he uses it to create something beautiful & # 39; to make.
& # 39; It's powerful enough to get through wood quickly, yet flexible enough to create elegant details, & # 39; he said.
He says that people often think that he is making a sculpture with his chainsaw & # 39; rough & # 39; and finished with other smaller tools.
But he insists: & # 39; I start with a chainsaw and end with a chainsaw.
& # 39; I had to teach myself how to use all these different structures with the chainsaw and how to use this tool.
& # 39; It is actually a chisel with a motorcycle. & # 39;
Poitras says that the obvious danger of using such & # 39; n power tools and & # 39; is scared & # 39; helps him with creativity while working.
Poitras spends a lot of time helping his actress and director wife Alison to save animals
In 2012, Alison opened the Eastwood Ranch Foundation in an effort to rescue some of the thousands of animals euthanized in LA County in high-quality shelters
He also had quite a few close calls and remembered how he felt as if he had cut & # 39; in half & # 39; during one horrible accident.
& # 39; I was doing the TV show and I was cutting a giraffe and I had to do what we call an immersion cut, pushing the tip of the chainsaw bar into the forest.
& # 39; So the chain itself is eight feet long and while I dived into the chain, the chain broke and went through the gearwheel, wrapped around my waist and cut me all the way around – I actually thought it cut me in half.
& # 39; I lifted my shirt and looked at the cameraman, and he says: & # 39; we can't show blood, that's terrible & # 39;. & # 39;
Fortunately it wasn't as bad as he first thought.
"It was as if 4000 small razors cut all the way around my waist," he said.
But for Poitras nothing can be compared to how scared he was to meet his future father-in-law Clint Eastwood for the first time.
& # 39; The first time I met him we went to his house and it was mid-morning, he opened the door with a bathrobe and he had a parrot on his shoulder and the parrot was all the way behind on the bathrobe.
& # 39; And I am like that, I meet Clint Eastwood and he is covered with parrots. It seemed normal.
& # 39; But seriously, I was a bit intimidated, I'm not the type of person intimidated by fame, but yes, I fell in love with a beautiful woman, Alison, and her father happened to be the biggest movie star on earth. & # 39;
At first, however, Poitras says that he could tell Unforgiven hardman that Eastwood was not sure of him.
& # 39; He was cool, but I could see he had this attitude, & # 39; who is this damn idiot with my daughter & # 39;. & # 39;
Poitras says hanging out with the Eastwoods during Thanksgiving and Christmas the first few years & # 39; surreal & # 39; used to be.
& # 39; I'm used to it now, my family is full of movie stars, super models and rock stars, it's pretty amazing, you know.
& # 39; I am an artist, like-minded people seem to come together, birds of feathers come together sort of things.
& # 39; So I really think it's so serious that this is what should have happened. & # 39;
Nowadays, when Poitras does not appear in Hollywood blockbusters, Poitras says his 89-year-old fencing father-in-law loves to play golf.
& # 39; Clint is a big golfer. That's what he wants to do & # 39; he says.
& # 39; He does not ride horses and does not shoot people with his sixth shooter. He is playing golf in Pebble Beach.
& # 39; He can do whatever he wants and he chooses to play golf at Pebble Beach, that's pretty cool. & # 39;
In addition to his art, Poitras spends much of his time helping his actress and director wife Alison to save animals.
In 2012, Alison opened the Eastwood Ranch Foundation in an effort to save some of the thousands of animals euthanized in high-quality shelters in LA County.
The non-profit animal welfare and rescue organization takes care of animals until a home is found for them.
Poitras said: “We have saved thousands of puppies and kittens that would otherwise have been killed, killed.
& # 39; My time has been split into doing my chainsaw cutting, which I like doing and cleaning litter boxes.
& # 39; But I love doing it, sometimes we have kittens that don't have their mother, so you have to give them bottle feeding and you have to stimulate them, which means you have to wipe their bottom until they poop and pee and it takes weeks for them to eat independently and go to the bathroom.
& # 39; So I am actually an obstetrician with a chainsaw. & # 39;
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