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Bizarre, Baffling Clint Eastwood at the RNC vs. Awesomely Bipartisan Eastwood in February's Chrysler Ad [Video]

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood August 31, 2012 at 2:51PM

The RNC had left some time for a "mystery guest" speaker on Thursday - and Clint Eastwood snagged the spot with a dark and biting satirical complaint. Eastwood pulled an empty wooden chair onto the stage so he could speak to an invisible President Barack Obama about unemployment and other national disgraces.
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Clint Eastwood

The RNC had left some time for a "mystery guest" speaker on Thursday - and Clint Eastwood snagged the spot with a dark and biting satirical complaint.  Eastwood pulled an empty wooden chair onto the stage so he could speak to an invisible President Barack Obama about unemployment and other national disgraces.  The "Dirty Harry" revival, the empty chair, his admission of tears… well, Eastwood, if you didn't make our day you certainly perplexed us.  

Apparently, this instigated a new trend of people posing next to empty chairs and calling it "Eastwooding."  The Washington Post published the full transcript and BBC published fellow stars reactions, including the simply-put tweet from Mia Farrow: "What WAS that thing Clint Eastwood just did?"

Earlier this year, Eastwood also made political ripples when he starred in a beautifully shot advertisement for Chrysler beginning with his scratchy declaration: "It's halftime in America, too. People are out of work, and they're hurting. And they're all wondering what they're gonna do to make a comeback. And we're all scared because this isn't a game." This ad came across more as a powerful and bipartisan indictment of America's economic woes rather than a sales pitch.  Apparently, halftime is over and Eastwood's interested in joining the playing field for the second half.
 


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.