Clint Eastwood is standing by his infamous conversation with an empty chair, saying he made all his points.
In an exclusive interview with The Pine Cone from his home in Pebble Beach, Eastwood maintained he conveyed his three points: "that not everybody in Hollywood is on the left, that Obama has broken a lot of promises...and that people should feel free to get rid of any politician who's not doing a good job."
Eastwood said he didn't know what he was going to say until the last minute, after a "quick nap in his hotel room." He decided to use the chair after arriving at the convention centre "just 15 or 20 minutes" before being scheduled to go on.
"President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people," the 82-year-old Oscar-winner told the newspaper.
Key quotes from the article:
“They vett most of the people, but I told them, ‘You can’t do that with me, because I don’t know what I’m going to say.'"
“It was supposed to be a contrast with all the scripted speeches, because I’m Joe Citizen...I’m a movie maker, but I have the same feelings as the average guy out there.”
“There was a stool there, and some fella kept asking me if I wanted to sit down... When I saw the stool sitting there, it gave me the idea. I’ll just put the stool out there and I’ll talk to Mr. Obama and ask him why he didn’t keep all of the promises he made to everybody.”
“They’ve got this crazy actor who’s 82 years old up there in a suit...I was a mayor, and they’re probably thinking I know how to give a speech, but even when I was mayor I never gave speeches. I gave talks.”