Clint Eastwood would prefer an RNC take two
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Did the Republican National Convention throw Clint Eastwood a curveball?
If given the opportunity to redo his speech last month in Tampa, Eastwood told a roomful of reporters that he would indeed do things differently.
At this afternoon's press conference for "Trouble with the Curve," Eastwood's first film as an actor since 2008, the legendary star sat in the center of a long table, surrounded by co-stars Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake, and Matthew Lillard, director Robert Lorenz, and screenwriter Randy Brown.
The Q & A was lively and spirited, with Eastwood cracking wise at nearly every opportunity. The man may be 82 years old, but his comebacks are as quick as ever. And his acting chops have only gotten better; Eastwood's "Curve" performance takes him into uncharted emotional territory, subtly showing the kinks in the former action star's aging armor.
While the actors certainly seemed at ease with one another, and rightly proud of their new film, Eastwood's RNC performance -- where he spoke at length to an empty chair -- certainly weighed like an elephant in the room. However, as etiquette requires, most reporters kept their questions to the film at hand. (I wasn't about to ask Eastwood about the RNC. Would you purposely upset Dirty Harry?)
But one brave reporter pushed the bounds of etiquette (shocking, I know) and asked Mr. Eastwood what we were all wondering: "In terms of putting yourself in the public eye just before the release of this movie, your timing was impeccable. I'm wondering if you knew that your appearance at the Republican National Convention would get the response that it did, and how do you feel about that experience in retrospect?"
"Well it didn't get the response that I wanted because I was hoping they'd nominate me. My ambitions were tremendous."
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A big laugh filled the room. The tension easily lifted as Eastwood went on to explain himself: "I don't know what the response was. My only message was that I just wanted people to take the idolizing factor out of every contestant out there. And just look at the work, and look at the background, and then make a judgment on that. I was just trying to say that, and I did it in a kind of roundabout way which took up a lot more time I suppose then they would have liked."