Legendary gunslinger Clint Eastwood sets the record straight and denies threatening to kill Michael Moore.
The American Sniper director was recently honored during The Legend of Cinema luncheon which was organized by CinemaCon and Warner Bros. The glitzy event, called “A Salute To Clint Eastwood,” showcased the actor’s distinguished career, both as an actor and as a director.
The film icon also talked about various topics during a 30 minute conversation he had on stage with reporter Stephen Galloway. Eastwood reflected on his career, talked about his inspirations, discussed the success of his latest movie and finally addressed Michael Moore’s comments that he threatened to kill the Bowling for Columbine director.
“Everyone kept saying I was going to kill Michael Moore but that’s not true,’ Eastwood confessed, before adding “It isn’t a bad idea.”
He’s kidding! “American Sniper” director Clint Eastwood responds to rumor that he threatened to kill Michael Moore pic.twitter.com/PKnpn4njLL
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His statement drew laughter and applause from the crowd. But the filmmaker tried to explain his side of a story that’s said to have happened 10 years ago.
I think once years ago somebody asked me what would I do if a guy like him came to my house with a whole film crew and started filming away like he did with Charlton Heston,” Eastwood recalled. “But I thought if somebody was on your property you could shoot him.”
He jokingly added that he thought about his famous line “get off my lawn.”
(Moore notoriously ambushed a confused and sick Heston about his NRA leadership at his home for his film Bowling for Columbine.)
The Play Misty for Me director also talked about his favorite movies (the heartbreaking Million Dollar Baby, Unforgiven and The Outlaw Josey Wales) during the event.
The erstwhile Dirty Harry also gave his view on what made American Sniper successful.
“I think that for a lot of Americans, there’s been a lot of news in the last year about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and everybody has opinions on it,” he said, adding that “nobody’s really thought about it from the point of view of the families of the people over there and the people who go over there.”