Eastwood Laughs Off RNC Speech Critics, Holds To ‘Chair-Talking’ Message

TAMPA (CBS TAMPA) — Clint Eastwood laughed off the seriousness surrounding much of the discussion about his memorable RNC speech. But he didn’t back down from it.

In an interview with “Extra” regarding his new starring role as an aging baseball agent, “Trouble With The Curve,” the conversation veered off to discussion of his bizarre “talking-to-a-chair” routine at the Republican National Convention held in Tampa, Fla. From Aug. 27-Aug. 30. It has had politicians and the media talking about it ever since.

“If somebody’s dumb enough to ask me to go to a political convention and say something, they’re gonna have to take what they get,” said the 82-year-old Academy-Award winning actor and director.

The interviewer asked Eastwood, “Did you ever think out of all the moments at both the Democratic and Republican national conventions that your speech would still be what most people are talking about?”

“You get a lot of people bugged at you…people loved it or hated it, and that’s fine. That’s what it’s supposed to be –- I was just having fun,” replied a smiling Eastwood.

Eastwood said that he does like Mitt Romney and that his campaign staff had asked him directly to speak in front of the GOP on Aug. 30.

“Don’t you think it’s classy that Obama still has nice things to say about you?” asked the interviewer.

Eastwood said he has no problem with Obama personally, he only has a problem with the country’s struggling situation with jobs and the economy. Eastwood said that it all comes down “to the work.”

Eastwood went on to say that he hopes both Republicans and Democrats spend less time on rhetoric and TV time and get back to actually working for the people.

Asked finally if he’d do the talking-to-a-chair bit if he had it all to do over again?

“I don’t know. I never look backwards. It’s done and it’s done. I probably would.”

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