The Clint Eastwood empty chair phenomenon isn’t going away, after the actor tells a newspaper why did the speech—and his agent says Eastwood may soon appear on a national talk show.
Eastwood gave an interview with a California newspaper that explains what many people thought: the empty chair speech was an improvisation, done without a teleprompter.
The actor certainly expressed his First Amendment rights in an innovative way, in what is the most talked-about moment of both political conventions.
But what complicates the situation is that Eastwood also has a new movie out this month, and he’s expected to do some publicity for it.
Leonard Hirshan, Eastwood’s longtime manager, told the Associated Press that the Hollywood icon would likely appear on at least one talk show to promote the film, Trouble with the Curve.
Hirshan also said Eastwood tends to do what he wants, and he didn’t know which show would land Eastwood.
Warner Bros. says Eastwood is expected to do a press junket and other traditional appearances, but it wouldn’t comment on the prospect of adding “the chair” or anything else to its PR campaign.
Eastwood’s new comments were published in the Carmel Pine Cone, a small-town weekly newspaper in a town where he was once mayor.
The actor said he changed his mind about his remarks as he waited backstage, when someone offered him an empty stool to sit on.
“There was a stool there, and some fella kept asking me if I wanted to sit down,” Eastwood told the newspaper. “When I saw the stool sitting there, it gave me the idea. I’ll just put the stool out there and I’ll talk to Mr. Obama and ask him why he didn’t keep all of the promises he made to everybody.”
Eastwood says the people who didn’t like his skit are “obviously on the left” and he wasn’t aware of the controversy for several days.
When it comes to his talk show appearance, a few national show hosts who made fun of Eastwood can probably be ruled out, such as Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, and NBC’s Jay Leno.
The talk show hosted by Ellen Degeneres is also produced by Warner Bros., and Eastwood has appeared on it in the past.
Fox News also would be a likely candidate, but the 82-year-old actor has to strike a balance between talking politics and promoting his new movie.
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