Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood set the record straight when he told an audience in Las Vegas Wednesday that he never threatened to kill filmmaker Michael Moore, but joked that it’s not worst idea in the world.
“Everyone keeps saying I threatened to kill Michael Moore. That’s not true,” Eastwood said and added, “It isn’t a bad idea.”
Eastwood’s quip was met with “rousing applause and laughter,” according to USA Today.
But Moore wasn’t laughing when Eastwood’s blockbuster film “American Sniper” was released in December 2014. A month later, he was whining to his Facebook friends that the famous director had once threatened him.
In a January Facebook 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’s Facebook diatribe was a small part of his relentless criticism toward “American Sniper” that garnered a lot of attention.
Today, Eastwood is brushing off Moore’s claim and even credits his public disapproval of “American Sniper” with boosting the film’s enormous success.
“I’m all for everyone, whatever people’s attitudes are,” Eastwood said.
“That’s what great about this country. You can think what you want. No one has to agree with you.”
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