FORT WORTH, Texas -- Bashir Zeglan left his native Libya in 1982 looking for another country.
Yesterday, he got that country and a new name: that of actor Clint Eastwood.
Mr. Zeglan officially took Mr. Eastwood's name when he was naturalized as a U.S. citizen. At 37, he chose the moniker because Mr. Eastwood is his favorite film star.
"I thought about Marlon Brando, Sylvester Stallone and Al Pacino, too," he said. "They're intriguing names, but Clint stands out from anyone else as an actor. I don't think anyone is as good as him. He's my hero."
A used car dealer who arrived in the country 11 years ago on a college scholarship, Mr. Zeglan-turned-Eastwood lists "Dirty Harry" and "Unforgiven" as his favorite Eastwood flicks.
He said he picked the name of the Hollywood tough guy last month when applying for citizenship.
"My brother laughed, but so what?" he mused. "When he got his citizenship, he took the name Mike White. How boring."