Attempting to create a line as catchy as “Do you feel lucky?” after the success of DIRTY HARRY in 1972, the sequel MAGNUM FORCE one year later gave us, “A man’s got to know his limitations.”
Clint Eastwood no longer knows his.
|Clint Eastwood embarrassing himself at the Republican National Convention tonight in Tampa.|
Clearly, tonight at the Republic National Convention, Eastwood tarnished his beloved image as Dirty Harry, or one of Hollywood’s most beloved individuals, with his rambling, incoherent, sophomoric and utterly embarrassing ‘speech’ in primetime at Tampa. It’s one thing to stand up and laud your candidate. It’s another thing to kick your own reputation around while doing so. And that’s what ol’ Clint did.
No matter where you stand politically, there is much to criticize about any president. And a political convention should be a place for serious ideas and critiques. It should not be a showcase for something as sophomoric and bizarre as what Eastwood presented tonight. His sniggering and condescending ‘comedy routine’ knocking President Obama was ugly and dumb. And it echoed much of the ridiculous pettiness that the GOP demonstrated this entire campaign season towards Obama, let alone these past 4 years questioning whether he's even an American.
Eastwood's fumbling ineptitude tonight had less to do with his age and more to do with a laziness unbecoming the meticulous talent. His speech was reminiscent of a drunken best man at a wedding, winging it through a cringe-worthy toast filled with off-key jokes. What the hell was Eastwood thinking when he starting talking to an empty chair, supposedly holding Barack Obama in it? That whole 'mime' routine was a jaw-dropper filled with a snark and smarminess that makes comedian Jeff Ross's antics at a Comedy Central celebrity roast seem like a Harvard law lecture.
And as if that wasn’t enough, Eastwood mocked President Obama supposedly telling people to go f**k themselves. Three times. And he maligned Vice-President Biden as nothing but “a smile in front of a body”. Really? A man who’s been in the Senate for 30 years, served as chairman of the Judiciary Committee and has brought important legislation to the fore for civil liberties, drug policy and crime prevention. At that’s just one sentence of his resume.
Clint Eastwood is still one of Hollywood’s most important talents. He’s an actor, director, composer and producer with a sterling body of work, but he gave a performance tonight that tarnished his reputation. I thought J. EDGAR was the worst move he’d made in the twilight of his long and esteemed career. But tonight he topped that. By lowering himself like this in a disastrous speech. It hurt him, the GOP and our political seriousness.
He didn’t make my day. He made me sad.