U.S. Marines meet and greet with actor and director, Clint Eastwood, following an advanced showing of his new movie at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, California, on Dec. 7, 2019.

In an interview shared by Lance Cpl. Kerstin Roberts, Eastwood expressed excitement to the back at the base, where he had visited multiple times. In 1986, he filmed “Heartbreak Ridge” on the base, though in the film it was portrayed as North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune.

“It’s changed so much. The base has gotten huge,” he said. “It was nice then and it’s nice now.”

After the special screening, Eastwood spent time to take pictures and sign autographs for fans. The 89-year-old actor said he had a great appreciation for the Marine Corps.

“I see this and I’m proud that I got a chance to play a Marine, even though I’m not qualified to be a Marine at this present time,” Eastwood said. “I was raised during World War II and whenever they did movies based on the Marine Corps, I was always right there.”

Eastwood’s new movie “Richard Jewell” is based on the true story of a security guard who saved thousands of lives from a 1996 bombing at the Olympics but later faced national scrutiny for being a terrorist.