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Clint Eastwood Doesn't Regret His Speech to Empty Chair

September 19, 2012 03:37:46 GMT

The 'Gran Torino' helmer is unfazed by the negative feedback he got after interviewing an empty seat in an attempt to criticize President Barack Obama at Republican National Convention.


Clint Eastwood Doesn't Regret His Speech to Empty Chair
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Clint Eastwood has reacted to negative comments about his speech to empty seat to criticize President Barack Obama at Republican National Convention. In an interview with Jerry Penacoli on "Extra", the "Gran Torino" director said he didn't regret the speech and wouldn't be afraid to do it again regardless of the outcome.

"People loved it or hated it and that's fine," the helmer said. "I figure if somebody's dumb enough to ask me to go to a political convention and say something, they're gonna have to take what they get." When asked if he would do it again, he stated, "I don't know. I never look backward. It's done and it's done. I probably would, I wouldn't be afraid of it."

He took inspiration from some classic routines for his chair routine. "Actually, I did a funeral speech for a friend of mine and I started talking to mythical people imitating him and I sorta stole that for myself," he explained. "But it reminds me of the days of Shelley Berman ... Bob Newhart, all those guys who used to do those phone conversations, all that sort of stuff."

When informed that Mr. President sang praise for him instead of firing back, Eastwood replied, "Well, great. Well, I think he can be very gracious when he wants to be. ... And I have no problem with him at all. I just have a problem with the situation that we're in right now." He added, "It's nothing personal. When he came in, I thought it was great."

"I thought the multiculturalism was great, all that kind of stuff," he continued before sharing his thoughts about what frustrated him. "But to me, it's just about the work." He wanted to see "some real people working." He hoped GOP candidate Mitt Romney would "be a little more organized, a little more business-wise."

The 82-year-old director additionally said, "[There] comes a point when you gotta stop the rhetoric, stop the teleprompters, people reading speeches somebody else probably wrote. Goes for all of them. Unless they can do it really well, like Ronald Regan or Bill Clinton did." He wanted someone who's "less time on TV, more time in office."

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posted by Angeldude4242 on Sep 19, 2012
Allan West!part of the problem!Instead of being part of the solution.and you sir make me sick!
posted by Angeldude4242 on Sep 19, 2012
Mr.Allan West!Ask yourself this question the next you attack president obama,his wife or his 2 daughters!Are you part of the problem?or part the solution?
posted by Angeldude4242 on Sep 19, 2012
As for as John Boenher,Eric Cantor,Mitch McConnell,Paul Ryan,and Mitt Romaney.Be careful what you say about President Obama!because God hears every word you say.
posted by Angeldude4242 on Sep 19, 2012
I voted for Obama in 2008 not because he is a African American man!but because he is trying to take this country in the right direction.and it,s gonna take another 4 years to finish it!
posted by Angeldude4242 on Sep 19, 2012
It doesn,t surprise me none in the least!that Reps and the sideshow clowns in the white house want obama to be a one term president.they Romany by any means necessary!even as far as rigging this election.
posted by silvergoal on Sep 19, 2012
Gotta love him!!!

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