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Clint Eastwood, a post for Leon

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  1. LOL. I did actually enjoy watching that clip last night. Never seen Eastwood do comedy before.

    Up to now, Obama’s had all the ‘star power’, with his wife, Oprah Winfrey & many famous actors all on his side. But Eastwood’s the kind of guy who would I think appeal much more to blue-collar Americans. So I think Eastwood’s support definately helps Romney, who is less well liked than the charismatic Obama.

    Cheers

  2. Iain Hall says:

    Yes I thought that his speech was delightfully under stated and quite droll and I think that you are right about his blue collar appeal. i also tend to think that Romney is definitely the underdog in the race to the white-house.

  3. Ray Dixon says:

    Never seen Eastwood do comedy before

    Neither have I, Leon, and yes, I did watch the ‘performance’, such as it was. I was reminded of the last time I visited an elderly relative of mine in the nursing home. The relative has Alzheimers. I’d rather remember Eastwood for the great actor he was and the great films like Unforgiven (which I rate as his best) rather than that bizarre act. I liked this quote from The Age:

    ”Clint has now eclipsed the total word count of his last three films,” tweeted film critic Richard Roeper during the speech, which was intended to last five minutes but went on for nearly 12. Howard Kurtz, host of CNN’s Reliable Sources, said ”Clint’s empty chair act” was the ”weirdest convention moment I have ever seen”.

    Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/world/eastwoods-empty-chair-routine-mocked-on-twitter-20120831-255w7.html#ixzz25Ah8785U

  4. Ray Dixon says:

    Oh, his earlier film The Outlaw Josie Wales was just as good as Unforgiven.

  5. Iain Hall says:

    Ray I rate the very first Dirty Harry movie as a real classic even though I agree that “unforgiven” is one of his best.

  6. Brian says:

    I watched it and thought it was ridiculous. I recall Reagan’s address to the 1996 RNC, which was engaging, witty and played on his age. I’m not sure what Clint (or his advisors) were thinking here.

    Ray, “Gran Turino”, “Unforgiven” and “Heartbreak Ridge” are my favourites.

  7. Iain Hall says:

    I haven’t seen Gran Torino or Heartbreak Ridge but they are on my to watch list Brian.
    As for his performance well I agree that it was quite funny but then there has always been something delightfully self deprecating about Eastwood’s on screen persona. I am reminded of the importance of not taking everything too seriously and I think that he may have been intended to be light relief rather than a serious player. As i have been pointing out elsewhere politics is as much a form of show business as anything on Broadway.

  8. Ray Dixon says:

    Gran Torino was excellent too. Heartbreak Ridge was crap. Too gung-ho and over-the-top. Eastwood plays an army rebel who never got on with the brass and missed out on the glory days as a result but then ‘redeems’ himself when he finally gets a crack at a ‘war’ … in bloody Grenada!! I kid you not.

  9. Brian says:

    Heartbreak Ridge was (I think) a comedy / pisstake, Ray. The characters were too unrealistic for it to be anything else. If it was meant to be a serious war movie, then yes, your assessment would be right. Don’t think it was though.

  10. Iain Hall says:

    I think his serious war movie would have to be the one he directed about IwoGima (spelt wrong)

  11. Whilst the movies you guys nominate are certainly good, for me nothing beats The Good The Bad and The Ugly. Great movie.

  12. Iain Hall says:

    I think that all of the spaghetti westerns he made are excellent when it comes down to it Leon, frankly I don’t think that I have seen an Eastwood movie that I did not like.

  13. Ray Dixon says:

    I must have missed the humour in Heartbreak Ridge. Looked like a serious attempt to glorify war to me. Anyway, it seems everyone loves Clint as an actor. All the more reason he should stay out of politics.

  14. Everyone loves George Clooney as well, but he supports the Democrats. I think you will find that most in Hollywood are in Obama’s corner. Eastwood and Bruce Willis are the only Republicans in Hollywood I can think of.

  15. I forgot Arnold. And Mel Gibson. So there’s 4 republicans in Hollywood. The rest are all Democrats.

  16. Iain Hall says:

    Well I’m one of those who can never see George Clooney again and be pleased that I have not wasted any of my life seeing his work.

  17. Iain Hall says:

    Don’t forget Charlton Heston Leon, although he is a bit past it now

  18. Miglo says:

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  19. Iain Hall says:

    please take a bow Migs, for showing me the way to do it!

  20. Miglo says:

    Iain, I wish I could show you the way to some common sense. 😉

    Take a left turn and you’ll be heading in the right direction. :mrgreen:

  21. Iain Hall says:

    Migs
    I am on the left politically according to this

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