You’ve just got to love Clint Eastwood. He is the man. He recently did an interview with Esquire magazine and it was pretty much everything you’d expect to Clint Eastwood interviewed be. To say the least, it made my day.
His first shot was directed right at millennials and the children who make up today’s college crowd. Note, I did not say young adults, because a good day there barely children.
The interviewer asked Eastwood about Donald Trump.
… he’s onto something, because secretly everybody’s getting tired of political correctness, kissing up. That’s the kiss-ass generation we’re in right now. We’re really in a pussy generation. Everybody’s walking on eggshells. We see people accusing people of being racist and all kinds of stuff. When I grew up, those things weren’t called racist. And then when I did Gran Torino, even my associate said, “This is a really good script, but it’s politically incorrect.” And I said, “Good. Let me read it tonight.” The next morning, I came in and I threw it on his desk and I said, “We’re starting this immediately.”
ESQ: What is the “pussy generation”?
CE: All these people that say, “Oh, you can’t do that, and you can’t do this, and you can’t say that.” I guess it’s just the times.
ESQ: What do you think Trump is onto?
CE: What Trump is onto is he’s just saying what’s on his mind. And sometimes it’s not so good. And sometimes it’s … I mean, I can understand where he’s coming from, but I don’t always agree with it.
Eastwood didn’t go so far as to endorse Trump but it’s obvious from the interview that he likes Donald even though he sticks his foot in his mouth frequently.
When asked what he’d like to see change, again, it was classic Eastwood.
I’d say get to work and start being more understanding of everybody—instead of calling everybody names, start being more understanding. But get in there and get it done. Kick ass and take names. And this may be my dad talking, but don’t spend what you don’t have. That’s why we’re in the position we are in right now. That’s why people are saying, “Why should I work? I’ll get something for nothing, maybe.” And going around and talking about going to college for free. I didn’t go to college for free. I mean, it was cheap, because I went to L. A. City College—it wasn’t like going to a major university. But it was okay. And then, you know, I didn’t finish, because I decided to become an actor, ruin my whole life. [Everyone laughs.]
Clint Eastwood is probably one of the few people in Hollywood that I would consider a “role model.” He’s 86 years old and still working. He’s also not planning on retiring anytime soon. At 86 Clintons not wasting his time looking back on his life he’s looking forward to what comes next.
It’s been a long time since we had a president that did that, hopefully this November we will elect one. And for the record, I’m not talking about Hillary Clinton.
Sign up to get alerts from Joe!