I admire Clint Eastwood the film director. I think he has made some of the best film of the past several decades. I admire Clint Eastwood the actor. I'm looking forward to seeing his new film, Trouble With the Curve, and would be quite happy if he were to finally win a much deserved acting Academy Award to go with his directing Oscars. I do background work in the movies and spent some time on the set of Million Dollar Baby and found him to be a gracious and thoughtful person.
But his performance at the Republican National Convention was just sad and strange. The interview with the empty chair, standing in for President Obama, full of sarcasm and at lest two allusions to an obscenity was beneath him. One of Eastwood's strengths as an actor and director is an eye to a good script. I don't know who wrote Clint's convention words, but he doesn't have a future in Hollywood.