Clint’s Manager Explains
The Clint Eastwood ad was not political, much as right-wingers have spend all day trying to make it so. Eastwood’s long-time manager Leonard Hirshan explains:
“That’s the problem; everything is political now,” says Hirshan, who tells us that he didn’t see the “Halftime” spot until it aired last night, and insisted that Eastwood agreed to make the spot without even consulting his representative of 50 years because it was “something personal he got involved in” that was neither political nor commercial.
The TV spot pointedly made no reference to Chrysler, or its cars, which do not appear in the ad; only a clutch of Chrysler car logos appear at the end. This, Hirshan says, was not an accident; it was, in fact, Eastwood’s doing.
“He rewrote it to make it suit his needs,” he explains, “People have to understand that what he was doing was saying to America, ‘Get yourselves together – all of you – and make this a second half.’ It’s not a political thing.”
Eastwood, in it turns out, was against the auto bailout.
“Look at me,” he said evenly. “I’ve had to make films for less money or go out and find my own money. On ‘Mystic River,’ I had to cut my salary and everyone else’s to get it made. I know the score. If I start to grind out two or three turkeys, I’ll be unemployed, just like anyone else.”Click here for reuse options!
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