CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Clint Eastwood says his widely panned improvisational bit at the Republican National Convention last week was conceived on the fly – just a few minutes before going on stage – and that he had promised Mitt Romney’s campaign only that he would say “nice” things about the candidate.
In an extensive interview with his hometown paper, the Carmel Pine Cone, Eastwood for the first time told his version of the strange back story behind his prime-time appearance, which involved the 82-year-old actor and director berating an imaginary, seated President Obama.
Talking to an empty chair was remarkable on many levels – not least for how it could have gotten approval from the GOP nominee's campaign. But it didn't, Eastwood confirmed.
“They vet most of the people, but I told them, ‘You can’t do that with me, because I don’t know what I’m going to say,”’ Eastwood told the paper. He added that despite his extensive acting experience and his brief stint as mayor of Carmel, he doesn’t really “know how to” give a speech.