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Clint Eastwood on Spike Lee: "A guy like him should shut his face."
The Guardian ^ | June 6, 2008

Posted on 06/06/2008 4:23:42 AM PDT by Bodhi1

Eastwood has no time for Lee's gripes. "He was complaining when I did Bird [the 1988 biopic of Charlie Parker]. Why would a white guy be doing that? I was the only guy who made it, that's why. He could have gone ahead and made it. Instead he was making something else." As for Flags of Our Fathers, he says, yes, there was a small detachment of black troops on Iwo Jima as a part of a munitions company, "but they didn't raise the flag. The story is Flags of Our Fathers, the famous flag-raising picture, and they didn't do that. If I go ahead and put an African-American actor in there, people'd go, 'This guy's lost his mind.' I mean, it's not accurate." Lee shouldn't be demanding African-Americans in Eastwood's next picture, either. Changeling is set in Los Angeles during the Depression, before the city's make-up was changed by the large black influx. "What are you going to do, you gonna tell a [edited] story about that?" he growls. "Make it look like a commercial for an equal opportunity player? I'm not in that game. I'm playing it the way I read it historically, and that's the way it is. When I do a picture and it's 90% black, like Bird, I use 90% black people."

Eastwood pauses, deliberately - once it would have provided him with the beat in which to spit out his cheroot before flinging back his poncho - and offers a last word of advice to the most influential black director in American movies. "A guy like him should shut his face."

(Excerpt) Read more at film.guardian.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: clinteastwood; hollywood; marines; politicallycorrect; racepolitics; spikelee
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Eastwood still likes to let his views be known, often forcefully. In 2005, he vowed he'd kill Michael Moore if the documentarian ever showed up at his house, the way he had doorstepped Charlton Heston in Bowling for Columbine. This March he was sacked from Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's California state parks commission for objecting to the building of a toll road through a national forest. But though he has been associated in the public mind with Republican viewpoints, he's something of an individualist. "I don't pay attention to either side," he claims. "I mean, I've always been a libertarian. Leave everybody alone. Let everybody else do what they want. Just stay out of everybody else's hair. So I believe in that value of smaller government. Give politicians power and all of a sudden they'll misuse it on ya."

Amen, Clint. Amen.

1 posted on 06/06/2008 4:23:42 AM PDT by Bodhi1
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To: Bodhi1

I wish we had leaders with the spine this great American has. God bless Mr. Eastwood.


2 posted on 06/06/2008 4:28:02 AM PDT by montag813
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To: Bodhi1

An actor without any pretension...a beautiful thing! :)


3 posted on 06/06/2008 4:33:24 AM PDT by Vanders9
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To: Bodhi1
Eastwood is right.

Spike Lee has been, is and shall always be just what he is, a punk... Whose noise should be ignored.

4 posted on 06/06/2008 4:35:28 AM PDT by Mr. Jazzy (The United States Marines. The finest and most feared fighting force in the history of mankind.)
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To: montag813

Great read! Unfortunately, there are so few like Eastwood in Hollywood. When he’s gone, Spike Lee and the rest can and will re-write history (as they already have). There will be a “Flags of our Fathers” where they are all black and Muslim, just as there are terrorist films (Die Hard) where the bad guys are all blonde haired, blue eyed Swedes.


5 posted on 06/06/2008 4:36:51 AM PDT by albie
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To: Bodhi1

Just last weekend I watched two Clint Eastwood movies: ‘Kelly’s Heros’ and ‘Where Eagles Dare.’ Great movies!

Yeah Clint Eastwood!


6 posted on 06/06/2008 4:38:34 AM PDT by avacado
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To: Bodhi1

Who really raised THE Flag on Suribachi that day???

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7 posted on 06/06/2008 4:40:22 AM PDT by gunnyg
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To: albie

I object! The first Die Hard movie was “integrated.” The main villains were (supposed to be) German but the one of the baddies was asian, one was russian and their security systems hacker-dude was black.


8 posted on 06/06/2008 4:42:05 AM PDT by sinanju
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To: Bodhi1

Good for him! Nice to see someone who isn’t caving to Hollywood’s political correctness.


9 posted on 06/06/2008 4:44:14 AM PDT by inflorida
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To: sinanju
"and their security systems hacker-dude was black."

And the dude was a total dork, too.

10 posted on 06/06/2008 4:46:10 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

So black guys can be geeks too. I wanted to stand up and salute.


11 posted on 06/06/2008 4:47:18 AM PDT by sinanju
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To: avacado
Just last weekend I watched two Clint Eastwood movies: ‘Kelly’s Heros’ and ‘Where Eagles Dare.’ Great movies!

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Both directed by Brian Dutton, who should have had a much longer career based on these two films alone.

12 posted on 06/06/2008 4:49:33 AM PDT by wtc911 ("How you gonna get back down that hill?")
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To: montag813

About time someone told that four foot tall Spike Lee to shut up. Now will someone tell Jesse and Reverend Al to do the same.


13 posted on 06/06/2008 4:54:47 AM PDT by hodaka (')
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To: Bodhi1

Spike should worry when the tobacco juice hits the top of one of his Air Jordans — that’s the clue that Clint’s about to get medieval on him.


14 posted on 06/06/2008 4:57:41 AM PDT by Tallguy (Tagline is offline till something better comes along...)
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To: Bodhi1

Clint’s still the man. One of my heros since I was 8.


15 posted on 06/06/2008 5:03:45 AM PDT by Huck ("Real" conservatives support OBAMA in 08 (that's how you know Im not a real conservative))
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To: sinanju

No, no, I meant he was annoying. It’s hard to believe Hans Gruber would’ve kept somebody that irritating in his employ.


16 posted on 06/06/2008 5:05:56 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Bodhi1

The story is Flags of Our Fathers, the famous flag-raising picture, and they didn’t do that. If I go ahead and put an African-American actor in there, people’d go, ‘This guy’s lost his mind.’

This reminds me of the flag raising by the white firemen after 9-11. Someone wanted to make a monument of it with an integrated cast, a white, black and Latino. Have they lost their minds?


17 posted on 06/06/2008 5:07:04 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: albie
just as there are terrorist films (Die Hard) where the bad guys are all blonde haired, blue eyed Swedes.

Can't agree there. "Die Hard" was basically a bank heist film, not a terror attack. The baddies were shrewd and used Cold War-era fake terrorist names to conceal their true intentions. One of the best action films ever made. Almost flawless.

However you would be 100% correct about Hollywood's perversion of Clancy's "Sum of All Fears" wherein his nuclear villains were Palestinian and Hollywood replaced it with white "neo-fascists" from Europe. Disgraceful and revolting indeed


"Caucasian pro-gun anti-choice retrograde neo-fascists did this! AAAAAAAAA!!!"

18 posted on 06/06/2008 5:08:32 AM PDT by montag813
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To: Bodhi1

You know, I was somewhat souring on Clint the last couple years. But this raises him up again. That last line, I can hear it in my mind, the growl, the snear. The only thing missing was the word ‘punk!’


19 posted on 06/06/2008 5:08:56 AM PDT by 7thson (I've got a seat at the big conference table! I'm gonna paint my logo on it!)
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To: albie
...just as there are terrorist films (Die Hard) where the bad guys are all blonde haired, blue eyed Swedes.

John McClane: So this is what it's about, Hans? A f***ing robbery?
Hans Gruber: Well, when you steal $600, you can just disappear. But when you steal $600 million, they will find you, unless they think you're already dead.

20 posted on 06/06/2008 5:12:24 AM PDT by 6SJ7
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To: Bodhi1

Eastwood, Jones,

Eastwood, Jones,

Eastwood, Jones

I pick Eastwood. It’s so easy to pick the one that isn’t the race baiter and race hater.


21 posted on 06/06/2008 5:12:34 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: Bodhi1
"A guy like him should shut his face."

Alright Clint!

22 posted on 06/06/2008 5:13:47 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: sinanju

So black guys can be geeks too.

I have two geeky married brothers. My little brother loves comic books, comic book movies, computers and video games. My big brother loves anything to do with computers, computer programming, visual effects and is always inventing goofy things. He does sound and light technical stuff for a living. They are textbook examples of geeks.


23 posted on 06/06/2008 5:15:09 AM PDT by brwnsuga (Proud, Black, Sexy Conservative!!!)
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To: Mr. Jazzy
While I liked “Get on the Bus”, “She's Gotta Have It” and “Do the Right Thing’ they were amateurish, like Van Dam's early movies but pretty entertaining. Since he tried to go bigger budget all his movies suck. He only knows race issues. The big budget stories with big budget actors suck.
24 posted on 06/06/2008 5:15:10 AM PDT by normy (Don't take it personally, just take it seriously.)
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To: Bodhi1

years ago a liberal told me Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain was racist...I suppose because it has the “N” word in it , In truth Mark Twain was the exact opposite of a racist and Huck Finn was far advanced for its time in portraying the black experience.


25 posted on 06/06/2008 5:16:32 AM PDT by woofie
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To: sinanju

Thank you for objecting. Now if we could vote for John McClain instead of John McCain. While we’re at it his VP could be the guy who ran the airport in Die Hard II, what was his name.....?


26 posted on 06/06/2008 5:17:35 AM PDT by normy (Don't take it personally, just take it seriously.)
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To: Bodhi1

Related...

http://exposingtheleft.blogspot.com/2008/05/go-back-and-study-your-history-and-stop.html


27 posted on 06/06/2008 5:21:08 AM PDT by traderrob6
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To: freekitty

Who the heck is Jones ?


28 posted on 06/06/2008 5:25:55 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: woofie

My Canadian neighbor by way of Ukraine told me that Mark Twain is banned in Canada. I don’t know what that means but as we sat out back listening to his new bluegrass CD (I live in suburbia by the way) he told me “this is how I imagined the South, hot, humid and I drink my beer. I think I will read Mark Twain.”


29 posted on 06/06/2008 5:31:15 AM PDT by normy (Don't take it personally, just take it seriously.)
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To: inflorida
But though he has been associated in the public mind with Republican viewpoints, he's something of an individualist. "I don't pay attention to either side," he claims. "I mean, I've always been a libertarian. Leave everybody alone. Let everybody else do what they want. Just stay out of everybody else's hair. So I believe in that value of smaller government. Give politicians power and all of a sudden they'll misuse it on ya."

Eastwood, a real man. And, most definitely, NOT a neo-con.

30 posted on 06/06/2008 5:47:30 AM PDT by Swordfished
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To: Bodhi1

I found my choice for McCain’s Veep.


31 posted on 06/06/2008 5:57:50 AM PDT by popdonnelly (Does Obama know ANYONE who likes America, capitalism, or white people?)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Sorry, to early in the morning.

Eastwood, Lee.


32 posted on 06/06/2008 5:59:17 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Could it be SPIKE Jones, humorist and band leader?


33 posted on 06/06/2008 6:01:14 AM PDT by popdonnelly (Does Obama know ANYONE who likes America, capitalism, or white people?)
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To: Bodhi1

Weren’t some here PO’d about Clint’s follow up to “Flags of our Fathers”?


34 posted on 06/06/2008 6:07:43 AM PDT by JZelle
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To: Bodhi1

Dirty Harry for president 08...


35 posted on 06/06/2008 6:16:44 AM PDT by crghill (Postmillenial, theonomic, presuppositional, covenantal Calvinist! Let reconstruction begin!)
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To: brwnsuga

Urkel!!!


36 posted on 06/06/2008 6:51:13 AM PDT by sinanju
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To: normy
"Twain"

Canada has banned "Huckleberry Finn" as have a lot of American public libraries.

37 posted on 06/06/2008 7:04:47 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: freekitty

The funny thing about Spike is that his movies tend to be a lot more intelligent than his personal rants.


38 posted on 06/06/2008 7:05:31 AM PDT by sinanju
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To: Bodhi1

Please use original headlines. Saves work for us.


39 posted on 06/06/2008 7:05:50 AM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Bodhi1
I recall complaints in a review about Memphis Belle...about the lack of women. My girlfriend (now wife) had the most hilarious reaction to reading that...I can still recall her incredulity at the idiocy of the reviewer. :-)
40 posted on 06/06/2008 7:06:04 AM PDT by Gondring (I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
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To: montag813

history is written by the winners. Spike Lee get used to it.


41 posted on 06/06/2008 7:07:58 AM PDT by television is just wrong
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To: popdonnelly; Hildy
I found my choice for McCain’s Veep.

I would seriously consider voting for McCain in that case.

42 posted on 06/06/2008 7:09:00 AM PDT by Gondring (I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
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To: woofie

Typical libs, Twain uses the “N”-word and that’s all they have to know to denounce it.

Huck starts off the adventure certain he is going to hell for helping to steal his aunt’s “property.”

The best parts of the book were where Huck wrestles with his conscience as he gradually comes to start thinking of Jim as a full-fledged human being as good as him. Then he realizes the only decent thing to do is aid his escape.


43 posted on 06/06/2008 7:10:57 AM PDT by sinanju
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To: montag813

You forgot “bitter.”

:)


44 posted on 06/06/2008 7:11:26 AM PDT by PLMerite ("Unarmed, one can only flee from Evil. But Evil isn't overcome by fleeing from it." Jeff Cooper)
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To: normy

I would recommend that he begin with Pudd’nhead Wilson. Twain’s entire body of work was an indictment of the institution of slavery. Huckleberry Finn is among the most amazing books I have ever read. It is completely different than what I had thought it would be.

Like your neighbor, I’m also a non-native speaker. Twain can be hard to read. We had read the Tom Sawyer painting the fence story in school for an English class. Huckleberry Finn is a completely different character than Tom Sawyer. Just thinking of my experience reading it brings a smile to my face. 2 years gone by since I read it and I’m still relishing it.

I know a gentleman who is 68 now, who read HF 2 years ago as well. He is a voracious reader, and he also acclaims it as 1 of the best of his life.

Of personal interest, Twain shared a birthday (and political orientation) with Churchill. He introduced him once to an audience at the Waldorf Astoria. You should look it up. Your friend will like it.

Twain was always politically active. He campaigned for Rutherford Hayes, and despised Ted Roosevelt. I don’t know the story there, but will some day enjoy reading about it. TR ran as an independent (on a Bull Moose ticket) and the election went to Woodrow Wilson. Twain regretted that.

He also had a lot of fun things to say about France, such as:
France has always been governed by prostitutes.
France is where insignificant Americans go to die.

I’m really excited that he’s going to read Twain. I think everybody should.


45 posted on 06/06/2008 7:15:16 AM PDT by definitelynotaliberal
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To: Bodhi1
But there's one film project on the cards that might interest Spike Lee. Eastwood's next project, The Human Factor, is about Nelson Mandela and how he used the country's victory in the 1995 Rugby World Cup as a means of fostering national unity. Will he be sticking with the historical record on that one? He laughs. "Yeah, I'm not going to make Nelson Mandela a white guy."

LOL!!

46 posted on 06/06/2008 7:17:45 AM PDT by avacado
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To: definitelynotaliberal

I will pass your words along to him. By the way, what is your native tongue?


47 posted on 06/06/2008 7:19:46 AM PDT by normy (Don't take it personally, just take it seriously.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; freekitty; popdonnelly

LOL - it took me a moment but I realized the association. Spike Jones - Funny though! But that’s why God made coffee for the morning!


48 posted on 06/06/2008 7:24:43 AM PDT by Enterprise (Let all Democrats have a half vote. They deserve it!)
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To: driftless2

Oh you have got to be kidding... we’re doomed.


49 posted on 06/06/2008 7:31:45 AM PDT by messierhunter
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To: albie
Wait. Didn't Spike Lee pay "Theo" in Die Hard?


50 posted on 06/06/2008 7:36:34 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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