Filmmaker Michael Moore’s disdain for the “American Sniper” movie may have less to do with the film’s content than the man who directed it.
Moore recounted a story on Facebook on Thursday, saying director Clint Eastwood threatened him at a 2005 awards ceremony.
In the post, Moore said:
Ten years ago this past week, Clint Eastwood stood in front of the National Board of Review awards dinner and announced to me and to the crowd that he would “kill” me if I ever came to his house with my camera for an interview.
“I’ll kill you,” he declared.
The crowd laughed nervously. As for me, having just experienced a half-dozen assaults in the previous year from crazies upset at ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ and my anti-war Oscar speech, plus the attempt by a right wing extremist to blow up my house (he was caught in time and went to prison), I was a bit stunned to hear Eastwood, out of the blue, make such a violent statement. But I instantly decided he was just trying to be funny, so I laughed the same nervous laugh everyone else did. Clint, though, didn’t seem to like all that laughter.
“I mean it,” he barked, and the audience grew more quiet. “I’ll shoot you.”
Moore then quoted an article from the far-left website, Salon, as some sort of proof that the legendary actor had threatened him.
“Eastwood said he would kill Moore if he showed up at his door,” the article read. “This was his response to a film that raised much-needed conversation about U.S. gun culture. Eastwood’s reaction tells us a lot about the way that some members of the GOP treat those with whom they disagree. If you don’t agree with me on guns, I’ll just kill you.”
The filmmaker also called “American Sniper” “a mess of a film that rewrites history” and “perpetuates a racist sentiment to Arabs” while making the story’s protagonist, Chris Kyle, a victim of “the violent American/Texan gun culture.”
Moore was just as “concerned” about two other high-profile celebrities who also “threatened to kill him.”
Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly apparently inspired the ‘deranged among us’ with their ‘hate-speech’ when they made similar jokes publicly and more recently.
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