Clint Eastwood on Ellen DeGeneres: Actor/Director Defends RNC Speech and Talks Gay-Marriage (Watch Video)
Sep 19, 2012 11:25 AM EDT
Actor/director Clint Eastwood appeared on Ellen Degeneres' "The Ellen Show" on Tuesday and defended his much talked about speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida in which Eastwood was ridiculed by the media by his long incoherent speech to an empty chair, supposed to represent President Obama.
"There is something about the aging process that makes you give a crap less," said the 82-year-old actor. "It was an interesting reaction, the Democrats who were watching thought I was going senile, but the Republicans knew I was," joked the academy award winning director Eastwood.
And of course Ellen had to ask about his opinion of same-sex marriage, "The condition of society right now, with the high unemployment rates and the tremendous debt we're increasing and the government spending," he said, "we'd think there'd be [many more worthy issues] to think about [rather] that worrying about gay marriage," as on Hollywood Reporters. Eastwood reiterated that "part of the libertarian idea is leave everybody alone."
Eastwood told the talk show host that he describes himself as a Libertarian, not a Republican. A Libertarian is one who holds liberal ideas on social issues, but maintains a stance of lesser government and control on all matters, but specifically fiscal policies.
In the speech, Eastwood mocked President Obama, a day after the speech Obama told TMZ that he was still a "huge fan," calling Eastwood "a great actor and an even better director," and then added "If you're easily offended, you should probably choose another profession."
Eastwood in turn said of Obama's comments, "Well that's his bad judgment. Actually, he seems very charming to me," on Hollywood Reporter.