Clint Eastwood defends 'empty chair' Obama speech at LA movie launch
Saturday, 15 September 2012
*Oscar-wining actor and director Clint Eastwood says his Republican National Convention speech - in which he addressed an empty chair as if it was Barack Obama - was intended to stop Americans idolising politicians.
Clint Eastwood's speech at the Republican National Congress was widely ridiculed (Photo: Getty/ AFP)
At a news conference promoting his new movie Trouble with the Curve, Eastwood said Americans 'sometimes get gaga' when it comes to politicians instead of looking at their values.'My only message was that I just want people to take the idolising factor out of every contestant out there and just look at the work, the background, and make a judgement on that,' he said.'I was just trying to say that, and I did it in kind of a roundabout way which took up a lot more time I suppose than they would have liked.'The Dirty Harry and Unforgiven star, now 82, has previously said he only decided minutes before taking to the stage that he would cast an empty chair as an invisible Barack Obama.
He admitted that the speech - which puzzled audiences and received global ridicule - was 'unorthodox', but said he had been unaware of the negative reactions it had received.
Mr Eastwood was providing a warm up to presidential candidate Mitt Romney's keynote address and had a television audience of millions.Clint Eastwood was speaking to reporters at the launch of new movie Trouble with the Curve