Photo Credit: The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Though he spent much of that night talking to an empty chair, Eastwood recently went on Ellen DeGeneres' talk show to talk to her about his new movie The Trouble with the Curve. DeGeneres almost immediately brought up the topic of the RNC, asking if Eastwood had been fazed by the negative response to his appearance.
"No," he answered honestly, causing the audience and Degeneres to burst out laughing.
He continued, "It was an interesting reaction, actually. The Democrats who were watching thought I was going senile and the Republicans knew I was!"
All joking aside, it turns out that Eastwood doesn't really align himself with the Republican values that have been present in recent years. The A Fist Full of Dollars star identifies as a Libertarian, a political party that, as he says, has the mentality of "leave everybody alone."
"Libertarian values, that's where Republicans used to be when they were saving money," he explained to DeGeneres. "A Libertarian means you're sort of socially liberal, leave everybody alone, but you believe in fiscal responsibility and you believe in governments staying out of your life. I still believe in that, and when I was 21 years old and started voting, I sort of became Republican because that's the way they were thinking. In later years, in the last few years, both sides have just spent like drunken sailors -- not to insult the Navy in any way."
That's why Eastwood has never had a problem with gay marriage. It's not that he's an avid supporter of the convention, but he doesn't see how it's anyone else's business. The esteemed actor went on to say that he figured our country has been facing bigger issues over the past four years than whether or not two people of the same sex should marry, and he thinks the focus should be on those issues instead.
Eastwood also opened up about his family's new reality show, Mrs. Eastwood & Company. The show chronicles the lives of his wife Dina and daughters Francesca and Morgan -- but don't expect to see Eastwood on there any time soon.
"If they want to do a reality show, that's fine. My only request was to please leave me out of it as much as possible," he said with a laugh. "Once in a while they've snuck me in, but I've since managed to run faster."