Election 2016

Clint Eastwood on GOP Field: "Any One of Them Would Be Better Than What We Got"

Names "Outlaw Josey Wales" and "Unforgiven" as favorites among his own Westerns.


Clint Eastwood showed up recently on Extra to promote his next directing project, Sully, which stars Tom Hanks and tells the story of Chesley Sullenberger, who famously made an emergency landing in the Hudson River in 2009.

The movie, which has one of the least-interesting summaries ever on IMDB, is due out next September.

Extra host Mario Lopez seems more interested in asking Eastwood about the Republican presidential field, which makes sense. Recall that Clint the Squint appeared at the 2012 GOP convention and endorsed Mitt Romney while conversing with an empty chair.

Eastwood says he's hasn't made up his mind yet about the GOP candidates but says that "any one of them would be better than what we got." He's gonna have to work to convince me on that. The great thing about politics—and Republicans in the White House—is that things can always get worse.

When asked about whether he's going to the Republican National Convention this time around, he quips:

"They might not want me this year because I'll be talking to chairs and doing something stupid."

The actor-director also says that The Outlaw Josey Wales and Unforgiven are his favorites among the Westerns he's done (he starred in and directed both). Am I the only one who finds Bronco Billy to be among his very best Westerns? I sure hope not, but am resigned to live in a world that doesn't want to deconstruct its own myths or ever listen again to "Bar Room Buddies," his duet in the movie with Merle Haggard.

Would have been interesting to get his take on The Hateful Eight and The Revenant, two ultra-violent oaters in theaters now, but no such luck.

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And here's Eastwood's chair routine, which actually holds up pretty well.