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Old 07-15-2011, 06:45 AM
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Originally Posted by MT2008 View Post
Also, while watching Changeling, I remember having an epiphany: If I don't see Clint Eastwood on-camera (which is where he belongs, IMO), I don't particularly care whether or not he was behind the camera.
I mostly agree with this, except with Flags of our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima. I thought those were movies that drove well without him getting screen time (although a cameo couldn't have hurt).

Originally Posted by MT2008 View Post
Not sure what's wrong with being a vegetarian, but I mostly just find his politics esoteric: He has claimed he doesn't like excessive violence and guns in movies, but he was also friends with Charlton Heston. I am guessing that he likes guns but is unwilling to admit this in the anti-RKBA climate of Hollywood. Besides, have you ever seen a Clint Eastwood movie where he handles guns, and it wasn't obvious that a lot of thought went into the choice of weapons and their use on-screen?
While I respect anyone's choice if they chose to be a vegetarian, you rarely see a hardass protagonist claim "I'm a vegetarian", because it's not really associated with being badass.

I'm not sure what to think of Clint's views on guns. Like you said, his films show a lot of thought and care in the weapon choices, and practically every film he is in or directs shows everyone faking recoil (I think he picked that up from Don Segal after Dirty Harry, and stuck to it from then on), but if you appreciate guns, you shouldn't be pro gun-control. I feel like that's the same type of hypocracy you see from all those politicians who are fighting for family values and then go cheat on their wife with 15 different prostitutes.

I don't see why he'd have to be closeted about his appreciation of guns. He's Clint Eastwood. You hear the name and you picture him as any of his 100 or so iconic gun wielding characters. All those roles, along with being pals with Chuck Heston, you'd think maybe he'd be associated as a gun-lover regardless of whether he kept it in the dark. That's why him being pro gun-control confuses me. Also, Chuck Norris (viewed as a badass by many) is a proud member of the NRA, and his reputation isn't smeared for it (although those infomercials aren't helping).

But it's kind of just the basic hypocracy of Hollywood in general. 95% of the films need guns for so many things (even anti-gun movies need guns), yet if you actually appreciate those guns, you're a right-wing monster.

There's probably a lot of holes in what I just wrote, but hopefully I got the basic idea across of what I'm saying.
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