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Clint Eastwood’s exclusive interview—with The Carmel Pine Cone

Friday, September 7, 2012

Sorry, all the rest of you press corps losers. Clint Eastwood, fresh off his now legendary talk to the empty chair at last week’s Republican National Convention, has given an exclusive interview to The Carmel Pine Cone’s Paul Miller. It’s a fascinating read. Some excerpts:

“They vett most of the people, but I told them, ‘You can’t do that with me, because I don’t know what I’m going to say,’” Eastwood recalled.

More after the jump:

Early Thursday morning, when Eastwood left San Jose Airport on a private jet headed for Florida, he was still making up his mind. And even with his appearance just a few hours away, all Eastwood could tell Romney’s campaign manager, Matt Rhoades, and his aides, was “to reassure them that everything I would say would be nice about Mitt Romney.”

It was only after a quick nap in his hotel room a few blocks from the convention site, Eastwood said, that he mapped out his remarks — starting with his observation about politics in Hollywood, then challenging the president about the failure of his economic policies, and wrapping up by telling the public “they don’t have to worship politicians, like they were royalty or something.”

But even then, with just an hour before he appeared on stage, it still hadn’t occurred to Eastwood to use an empty chair as a stand-in for the president.

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