“They vet 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,’ ” the Oscar winner told the Carmel Pine Cone in a story published today. “I had three points I wanted to make. That not everybody in Hollywood is on the left, that Obama has broken a lot of the promises he made when he took office, and that the people should feel free to get rid of any politician who’s not doing a good job. But I didn’t make up my mind exactly what I was going to say until I said it,” Eastwood told the paper. The actor’s unscripted appearance as the surprise speaker on the closing night of GOP convention has attracted wide attention. Elements of Mitt Romney’s campaign have tried to distance themselves from Eastwood’s appearance, other celebs made fun of him at the DNC and even the Obama campaign took a poke at him on Twitter right after his speech. Eastwood’s mock interview with an empty chair standing in for Barack Obama was especially derided. Eastwood, who came out in support of Romney at an August 4 fundraiser, says it was spontaneous. “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,” he said.
Having just shown up at the arena about 20 minutes before he was supposed to go on, the former Carmel Mayor told the local paper that he got a stagehand to take the chair out on the stage for him as Eastwood made his entrance. “The guy said, ‘You mean you want it at the podium?’ and I said, ‘No, just put it right there next to it.’ ” Eastwood also told the paper he was aware his speech was “unorthodox” but the crowd in Tampa “really seemed to be enjoying themselves.” Eastwood says all he told the Republican campaign about his remarks was “that everything I would say would be nice about Mitt Romney.” Still the actor says he always intended to do something different than other convention speakers like Ann Romney and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. “They’ve got this crazy actor who’s 82 years old up there in a suit,” he said. “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.” Eastwood’s latest movie, Trouble With The Curve, comes out September 21.
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