Clint Eastwood is a Hollywood icon and has been an actor and director for over 60 years. At the age of 89 he is starting his next movie, The Ballad of Richard Jewell, the story of the man who foiled a terrorist bombing at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, saving thousands of lives, and then was falsely accused of being a terrorist by the media.
However, Hollywood wants to boycott the entire state of Georgia because it recently passed a law prohibiting most abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. Abortion, euphemistically called “women’s reproductive health” has become something of religion on the left.
Anyone who wishes to restrict it anyway, on the idea that a human life aside from the mother is involved, has to be cast into the outer darkness, including the entire state of Georgia, despite the tax breaks and infrastructure is has developed to attract film and television production.
Eastwood has decided on a practical solution to the dilemma. He is going to film his movie in Georgia where the events of the story took place. Anyone who wants to make something of it, can “make my day.”
Clint Eastwood is one of those rare Hollywood players who does not march in lockstep with the leftward orientation of the entertainment industry. He is more of a libertarian than a conservative, but nevertheless, he gets away with things that would cause lesser people to be blacklisted.
Hollywood loves its blacklists, whether they consist of communists in the fifties or conservatives in the modern era.
Mind, Eastwood is not a down the line conservative. He has opposed most wars that the United States has been involved in going back to Vietnam. He has favored gun control measures, despite the heavy use of firearms in his movies, and same-sex marriage.
He is an environmentalist and has supported local Democrats in California such as Dianne Feinstein. Eastwood’s one stint in elected office, as the mayor of Carmel, California, consisted of efforts to help small business and preserve the town’s environment.
However, Eastwood announced that he would support John McCain during the 2008 presidential campaign. In 2012, his support for Mitt Romney went beyond a simple announcement. A that year’s 2012 Republican Convention, he performed a hilarious improve performance in which he debated then President Barack Obama, addressing an empty chair.
The performance caused a lot of grumbling back in Hollywood, but no career consequences for Eastwood. No one would dare.
However, in 2016, Eastwood was a little coyer about supporting Donald Trump, though he also expressed admiration for the now president’s blunt way of speaking. One cannot think, though, he would have supported Hillary Clinton. For Eastwood to do so is not possible in the physical universe that we occupy.
How does Eastwood get away with it? The simple answer, to use a well-known euphemism, is that he is just that good.
Eastwood, especially in his early years, made his name portraying men of action who defeated the bad guys with action rather than words. Whether the character was the Man with No Name in various westerns or his iconic Dirty Harry, his acting career has been very memorable.
However, Clint Eastwood’s career as a film director has been more eclectic. His first turn in the director’s chair, Play Misty for Me, was the story of a radio DJ, played by Eastwood, terrorized by an insane fan.
The Bridges of Madison County was a romance between a photographer and an Italian war bride that was as far away from a typical Eastwood production as one could possibly get. Eastwood has done a science fiction movie, in the form of Space Cowboys, a boxing film called Million Dollar Baby, and a meditation on aging and coming to terms with societal change called Gran Torino.
Eastwood’s greatest movie that he both directed and starred in was called Unforgiven, a western in which he upended the trope of a man who solves a problem in the wild west with his six-shooter. The movie showed that violence, even in pursuit of a righteous cause, can have dark consequences.
Clint Eastwood is pushing 90, an age at which most people are dead. But his work in film and his independent streak makes one wish that he could live forever.