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Tuesday | July 29, 2014

Eastwood jokes about RNC chair bit


Clint Eastwood (WENN.COM file photo)

Clint Eastwood admits he wouldn't interview a chair if he had another shot at addressing the Republican National Convention.

He adds that having furniture stand in for the president two weeks ago was something he thought of "five minutes before" he went on as a guest speaker at the Convention in Tampa.

There were no empty chairs in the room at L.A.'s Four Seasons hotel Friday when Eastwood showed up at a press conference to promote his baseball movie Trouble With the Curve, along with colleagues Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake, Matthew Lillard, director Robert Lorenz and writer Randy Brown.

In the movie, the 82-year-old Eastwood plays a veteran Atlanta Braves talent scout, whose health and faculties are declining, and who is out to prove himself by scouting the top-ranked player in the upcoming draft. He does it with the help of his alienated daughter (Adams) and, her eventual love interest, a washed up pro pitcher (Timberlake).

Though Eastwood produced the movie, it's the first time he hasn't directed himself since In the Line of Fire.

And given the publicity the incident generated just before its release, he candidly answered a question from QMI about the much joked-about convention appearance. (The Daily Show, for example, ran a segment on it titled The Old Man and the Seat.)

In fact, he started with a joke of his own. "It didn't get the response I wanted," he said. "I was hoping they'd nominate me. My ambitions were tremendous.

"Look, I don't know about the response," he went on. "My only message was that I just wanted people to take the idolization factor out of every contestant out there. Just look at the work and look at the background and make a judgment on that.

"I was just trying to say that, and I did it in kind of a roundabout way that took up a lot more time I suppose than they would have liked.

"Would I go back and give that same speech? No, I doubt it. I'd probably do something else. I thought of it five seconds before it started, and when you walk out there, you get an audience of 10,000 people who are extremely enthusiastic and you don't really get a chance to -- well, your mind goes blank.

"But I'd try to make the same message, that people don't have to kiss up to politicians, no matter what party you're in.

"Sometimes in America we get gaga, and we (embrace) the wrong values," he said.

Eastwood has been all over the map politically over the years -- being for and against Nixon and against virtually every war the U.S. has been involved in since Korea.

His one foray into politics, his stint as mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California was inspired by local regulations he felt hurt a hotel/restaurant he owned and other small businesses.

He'd given one interview since the Republican convention, to the Carmel Pine Cone newspaper, in which he called President Barack Obama, "the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people."

OBJECTS OF AFFECTION

Eastwood’s chair is just one of our favourite inanimate superstars. Here are five others:

- Wilson from Cast Away (2000).

- Ruby Red Slippers from The Wizard of Oz (1939).

- Rosebud from Citizen Kane (1941).

- The leg lamp from A Christmas Story (1983).

- Jason’s hockey mask from Friday the 13th (1980).

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