Since Clint Eastwood is making the rounds to promote his new movie “Trouble with the Curve,” it’s inevitable that certain topics are going to come up. Like his appearance at this summer’s Republican National Convention, where he infamously conversed with an invisible Barack Obama in an empty chair.
But judging by Eastwood’s appearance on today’s “Ellen DeGeneres Show,” the Hollywood legend remains unfazed by any controversy and criticism. He’s more in a joking mood, telling Ellen: “The Democrats who were watching thought I was going senile, and the Republicans knew I was.”
Eastwood’s explanation of his Libertarian political beliefs — “Socially, leave everybody alone, but you believe in fiscal responsibility and you believe in government staying out of your life” — receives wild applause from the audience. And DeGeneres points out that Eastwood has no problem with gay marriage. “With the condition of society right now, with the high unemployment rates and the tremendous debt we’re increasing and the government spending, you think there’d be a lot to think about… [rather than] worrying what gay marriage is about,” Eastwood says.
When the topic turns to E!’s “Mrs. Eastwood and Company” — the reality TV series starring Eastwood’s current wife, Dina, and two of Eastwood’s daughters — Eastwood holds firm on the libertarian thinking. “If they want to do a reality show that’s fine,” Eastwood tells DeGeneres. “My only request was to please leave me out as much as possible.” He admits he hasn’t seen “too much” of the show.
Watch a segment from Eastwood’s interview on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” below: