Clint Eastwood is sick and tired of what he calls the “p—y generation.”
The 86-year-old “American Sniper” filmmaker tells Esquire in a new interview that he’s voting for Donald Trump. He won’t officially endorse the Republican presidential candidate, but he says he likes the billionaire businessman much more than Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
“He’s said a lot of dumb things,” the four-time Oscar winner admitted. “So have all of them. Both sides. But everybody – the press and everybody’s going, ‘Oh, well, that’s racist,’ and they’re making a big hoodoo out of it… Just f—ing get over it. It’s a sad time in history.”
Eastwood told the magazine that Trump is “onto something because secretly everybody’s getting tired of political correctness, kissing up. That’s the kiss-ass generation we’re in right now. We’re really in a p—y generation. Everybody’s walking on eggshells.”
“We see people accusing people of being racist and all kinds of stuff,” he continued. “When I grew up, those things weren’t called racist.”
The Guardian was quick to compare his comments to his “Gran Torino” character, a Korean War veteran who hates the Asian, Latino and black families that moved into his neighbourhood. Eastwood told Esquire that he knew it was a politically incorrect role, but the script was too good to turn it down.
America would agree, giving “Gran Torino” a 79 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes with 90 percent of audience members liking the film.
His infamous speech to an empty chair at the 2012 Republican National Convention, however, was not as well received.
“So I’ve got Mr Obama sitting here,” he said, asking the GOP crowd to imagine the president in the moment.
According to Esquire, that was plan B. He was originally going to show a scene from “The Outlaw Josey Wales,” but Mitt Romney’s top strategist Stuart Stevens shot the idea down.
Eastwood told the magazine that he got the idea for the chair when he heard Neil Diamond’s “I Am, I Said” backstage at the RNC. The 1971 song’s lyrics include the line “And no one heard at all, not even the chair.”
“And I’m thinking, ‘That’s Obama.’ He doesn’t go to work. He doesn’t go down to Congress and make a deal. What the hell’s he doing sitting in the White House?” the writer-director-actor-composer said. “If I were in that job, I’d get down there and make a deal. Sure, Congress are lazy bastards, but so what? You’re the top guy. You’re the president of the company. It’s your responsibility to make sure everybody does well.”
According to The Washington Post, Eastwood says “that silly thing at the Republican convention, talking to the chair” is now his biggest regret.