The Republican candidate for the presidency, Donald Trump, has found a sympathetic voice in one of Hollywood’s most revered stars.
Academy award winning actor and director, Clint Eastwood, was recently interviewed by Esquire magazine on a varied range of subjects, including the presidential contest. What he said will intrigue you.
While Eastwood does not officially associate himself with either of the two major parties, and has yet to formally support either candidate, he is well known to hold more conservative views than many of his fellow stars.
In an recent interview with Esquire magazine that covered everything from fatherhood, to one of the most storied careers in Hollywood, Eastwood was also candid about his feelings on both political parties and the general climate in our country.
“All these people that say, ‘Oh, you can’t do that, and you can’t do this, and you can’t say that,’ [they are the *expletive* generation],” he said. “I guess it’s just the times.”
When specifically asked about Trump, Eastwood answered “I haven’t endorsed anybody. I haven’t talked to Trump. I haven’t talked to anybody. You know, he’s a racist now because he’s talked about this judge. And yeah, it’s a dumb thing to say,” he said. “I mean, to predicate your opinion on the fact that the guy was born to Mexican parents or something. He’s said a lot of dumb things. So have all of them. Both sides. But everybody — the press and everybody’s going, ‘Oh, well, that’s racist,’ and they’re making a big hoodoo out of it.” and in typical Eastwood fashion followed with “Just f***ing get over it. It’s a sad time in history.”
When asked what he thought Trump might be tapping into, Eastwood responded “What Trump is onto is he’s just saying what’s on his mind. And sometimes it’s not so good. And sometimes it’s…I mean, I can understand where he’s coming from, but I don’t always agree with it.”
Never one to pull punches on screen or off, Eastwood continued with a critique of President Obama, stating “That’s Obama. He doesn’t go to work. He doesn’t go down to Congress and make a deal. What the hell’s he doing sitting in the White House?” he said. “If I were in that job, I’d get down there and make a deal. Sure, Congress are lazy bastards, but so what? You’re the top guy. You’re the president of the company. It’s your responsibility to make sure everybody does well. And that’s the p***y generation—nobody wants to work.”
For Eastwood, who has some political experience himself, having served as mayor of Carmel By The Sea California in the late 1980s, the advice he has for both major candidates is “…Get in there and get it done. Kick ass and take names.”
In the interview, which included his son, Scott, Eastwood casts a portrait of artist as skilled laborer, with a lifelong dedication to his craft and commitment to professionalism. Scott Eastwood confirmed that, saying “My father’s definitely old-school. And he raised me with integrity—to be places on time, show up, and work hard.”
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