Clint Eastwood is an iconic actor having played Dirty Harry, Josey Wales, and The Man With No Name to name a few and has won awards and accolades as the director of Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby, Mystic River and Letters From Iwo Jima.
He’s also one of the coolest guys ever to walk the earth.
At 81, Eastwood is a Libertarian who is at the perfect age. The age where he doesn’t give a damn what anybody thinks as he makes crystal clear in an interview in GQ magazine.
I’ve always liked Clint the Squint. Even when I didn’t like one of his movies or his conservative politics, I’ve always liked him. He’s principled, direct and doesn’t talk stupid bullshit just to get a cheap headline. Some actors who are publicity hounds would have made a big deal of it when President Reagan copped the Dirty Harry iconic line, “”Go ahead. Make my day.””
Eastwood just shrugged it off and went about his business. Like I said: cool.
Plus, he loves jazz. Anybody that loves jazz scores extra cool points in my book.
It’s safe to say anyone wanting to have a long and successful career in politics will have neither if they speak forthrightly and directly about what they think. Actors are freed from the burden of having to turn their words into action which means they can speak freely in a way a politician never can.
For example, ask Mr. Eastwood what he thinks about gay marriage and he has a clear and unequivocal answer.
I don’t want Clint Eastwood to run for president. We’ve tried actors in that role before and I didn’t care for the last guy who had the gig. I’ll settle for J. Edgar being a good movie.
In light of the staged farce that was Kim Kardashian’s 72 day/$14 million dollar wedding, it is safe to say the biggest threat to the sanctity of marriage isn’t two gay people who want to be one.
Those who oppose gay marriage say it’s a mockery of their concept of “one woman + one man” don’t seem to view shrewd deals that aren’t actually marriages that are staged for money and attention with the same critical eye.
Sham celebrity sex marriage is a bigger threat than same-sex marriage could ever be.
Apparently, as long as it’s two heterosexuals mocking the institution of marriage it’s okay. But two women who have been in a committed, loving and monogamous relationship for years wanting to put a ring on it is a threat to all that is holy and sacred.
Which is, as Mr. Eastwood said, “crap.”
“I was an Eisenhower Republican when I started out at 21, because he promised to get us out of the Korean War,” Eastwood says in the interview. “And over the years, I realized there was a Republican philosophy that I liked. And then they lost it. And libertarians had more of it. Because what I really believe is, let’s spend a little more time leaving everybody alone.”
Works for me.
- Clint Eastwood on Gay Marriage and Politics in General (gq.com)
- Clint Eastwood Not Pleased With Current Republican Party Talking Points (moviefone.com)
- Clint Eastwood on same-sex marriage: Just give everybody the chance to have the life they want. (pinkbananaworld.com)