Though his performance at the Republican National Convention has been widely panned by critics and pundits, Clint Eastwood's post-speech interviews have been refreshingly candid and highly entertaining.
In the much-ballyhooed speech, Eastwood conducted an extended dialogue with an empty chair, in which he pretended sat Barack Obama.
"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," Eastwood said on "Extra" (via The Washington Post).
But he didn't stop there. In an appearance on "Ellen" (where he put his feet on Ellen's table), the actor said he doesn't really care what people thought of the event. "The Democrats who were watching thought I was going senile, and the Republicans knew I was." He summed up the event thusly: "I was just trying to have some fun."
But it turns out the "Trouble With the Curve" actor's speech wasn't just fodder for late-night comics. In a scathing Politico report on the state of the Romney campaign, "Eastwood's meandering monologue to an empty chair" is cited as a prime example of campaign strategist Stuart Stevens' inability to effectively promote his party's candidate for president. Polls have since found that the actor's speech overshadowed Romney's for the convention's most memorable moment.
Eastwood doesn't seem to be too upset by the ensuing coverage. “I didn’t try to upstage anybody," he told "Good Morning America." "You're supposed to love it or hate it. I'm just expressing my feelings."
An Ecological Man
"You are an -- an ecological man. Why would you want to drive that around?"
"You're crazy, you're absolutely crazy. You're getting as bad as Biden. Of course we all now Biden is the intellect of the Democratic party."
Don't Mention Romney's Law Degree
"I think attorneys are so busy -- you know they're always taught to argue everything, and always weight everything -- weigh both sides. They are always devil's advocating this and bifurcating this and bifurcating that. You know all that stuff."
"There are a lot of conservative people, a lot of moderate people, Republicans, Democrats, in Hollywood. It is just that the conservative people by the nature of the word itself play closer to the vest. They do not go around hot-dogging it."
You Know? You Don't.
"I mean, what do you say to people? Do you just -- you know -- I know -- people were wondering -- you don't -- handle that OK."
Whose War Was That Anyway?
"But you thought the war in Afghanistan was OK. You know, I mean -- you thought that was something worth doing. We didn't check with the Russians to see how they did there for the 10 years."
Possibly, Maybe Time For Romney?
"Whenever interest they have is not strong enough, and I think possibly now it may be time for somebody else to come along and solve the problem."
"What do you want me to tell Romney? I can't tell him to do that. I can't tell him to do that to himself."
Maybe Use A Plane
"And I think it's that time. And I think if you just step aside and Mr. Romney can kind of take over. You can maybe still use a plane."
"What I'm saying, we do not have to be mental masochists and vote for somebody that we don't really even want in office just because they seem to be nice guys or maybe not so nice guys."
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