Clint Eastwood's Bizarre RNC Speech: Hollywood Reacts

 

Clint Eastwood met audience expectations when he uttered his famed "Make my day" line during his speech Thursday night at the Republican National Convention. It was the other lines he delivered that raised some eyebrows.

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Appearing ahead of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio during the last hour of the RNC, Eastwood was the party's much-buzzed-about "mystery guest" and certainly gave a memorable address. Along with taking shots at Vice President Joe Biden, and praising GOP nominee Mitt Romney, Eastwood spent much of his speech in a one-sided conversation with what was supposed to be an invisible President Barack Obama, represented by an empty chair behind the podium.

The Romney campaign issued a statement shortly after Eastwood finished his speech, saying: "Judging an American icon like Clint Eastwood through a typical political lens doesn't work. His ad-libbing was a break from all the political speeches, and the crowd enjoyed it. He rightly pointed out that 23 million Americans out of work or underemployed is a national disgrace and it's time for a change."

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Eastwood began his speech by insisting that Hollywood is not as uniformly liberal as is often perceived. Here are reactions from some in the industry -- and Obama -- who were tweeting during and after his speech:

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