Clint Eastwood Is The Man – Figuratively And Literally

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Over at Esquire there’s an interview with Clint Eastwood, and I just had to post some excerpts here. This has been a rough year for Hollywood in regards to the passing away of some awesome actors and directors from an earlier era. An era before political correctness and sensitivity training ruled the day.

We’ve lost the likes of old greats like Roy Scheider, Charlton Heston, Paul Newman and Sydney Pollack (among many others). And I’m already dreading the day we lose Clint Eastwood.

In my brief and utterly inadequate eulogy of Roy Scheider, I took some heat for saying:

Roy Scheider was one of a now dwindling number of “man’s man” actors. Tough guys who drank whiskey, smoked cigarettes, had craggy facial features and wouldn’t be caught dead in the same room with a metrosexual.

To me, the few comments I received about that exemplified exactly the sort of thing Clint Eastwood said in a recent interview. I’m going to break my rule of no profanity on the site so that his comments come across as he intended. Clint is 78 years old now (and still looks like he could kick anybody’s ass), and he had a few things to say about society, or people in general today:

“My father had a couple of kids at the beginning of the Depression. There was not much employment. Not much welfare. People barely got by. People were tougher then.”

“We live in more of a pussy generation now, where everybody’s become used to saying, “Well, how do we handle it psychologically?” In those days, you just punched the bully back and duked it out. Even if the guy was older and could push you around, at least you were respected for fighting back, and you’d be left alone from then on.”

“I don’t know if I can tell you exactly when the pussy generation started. Maybe when people started asking about the meaning of life.”

Amen, Clint. Amen.

Of course in today’s online world, people are “tough” behind their little keyboards – saying things to people who disagree with them that are so vile and reprehensible that they defy description. Of course this is done anonymously, behind some clever nickname and perhaps a fake email address.

But “real world” toughness? God forbid there’s a problem with someone’s iPod or they hit a “no cell reception” zone – it’s the end of the world. Oh, and as far as saying something vile to someone’s face? Highly doubtful – although they might say “yeah, I’d say it to your face!” Again, online and anonymously. icon cool Clint Eastwood Is The Man   Figuratively And Literally

God forbid the U.S. encounters any real hardship on a broad scale – I think most of us would fold like a house of cards.

Clint Eastwood directed and will star in Gran Torino, opening on January 9th – and you can bet your ass I’ll be seeing it (and reviewing it here).

Thanks to Neil at FilmSchoolRejects for finding this little gem.

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  1. I won’t spoil anything for you, but few men can make “Get off my lawn” sound as cool as “Make my day.” And Clint does it, in that bad ass way he does.

  2. I read the Esquire article you talked about. Clint was certainly upfront with his views. He has been my favourite actor for 40 years (and my favourite director for at least 26). I can’t wait until Gran Torino arrives in my area on Jan.9.

  3. I agree with everything said here. I have been saying this for years now. I hate those parents who freak out of their child tries to defend him self against a bully at school. If a kid is pushing your kid around he should be able to stand up and fight back. It goes a long way in teaching him a few lessons needed for when he becomes an adult. There are to many mama’s boys in todays society.

    I’ve never been a huge fan of Clint’s films, but I will say i respect him as a person. I will also add I got my hands on a screener for gran torino and it was an excellent film. Very well done. I predict when it comes time for you to review it that you’ll will be giving it 4-5 stars.

  4. well if he thinks that people became pussies when they started asking What’s the meaning of life, then pussies started growing up even before his generation. so by definition he’s a pussy too. i like clint but he sounds ignorant for implying it’s a psychological problem. i’m a psychology major so i’m a little bias that he indirectly attacked my academic background and profession. and anyways he’s pretty stupid for thinking there’s only one way to deal with a bully. seems he never learned how to critically think. since all he learned was to be a tough guy and that’s it. let me ask why does he get so much praise for old movies and so far mediocre ones this year. people talk about us “fanboys” being overzealous in their admiration for characters and creators, what about the cinephiles’ admiration for clint eastwood. unfounded admiration, possibly? and gran torino, cmon, that looks mediocre at best. i don’t care what anyone says, a 70-year old who looks as old and frail as clint is not badass or intimidating.

  5. @andrew
    Right. Try “critical thinking” when you’re about to get your ass kicked by a bully after school.

    I can attest to the fact that not laying down for a bully works – happened to me in grammar school. Dude twice my size (I was pretty much a pencil-neck back then) would pick on me all the damned time. Finally I hauled off and kicked him in the balls as hard as I could.

    Dude NEVER bothered me again after that.

    All this ADD and ADHD and obesity is a disease B.S. make me crazy. Boys are more hyper than girls, and maybe if you cut back on the TV, video games, sugar and generally crappy diets most of the behavior/attention span problems would go away.


  6. Gran Torino came out in one theater where I live, so I already saw it. But I can’t wait to see it again to be honest.

    And I agree with him, but would like to add, I think the “p**** generation” started with welfare and all of these other ways the government gives free handouts to people who don’t wish to work for themselves. When labor unions started getting people working in factories with nothing but a high school education salaries that surpass many jobs with a college degree requirement.

    When kids don’t do well in school, the parents don’t blame the kids, they blame the school, or the “system.” The government thinks that you can solve any problem by throwing money at it or passing yet another redundant law. People blaming society for the way criminals are instead of punishing the criminals like they deserve. Nobody wants to take responsibility for their own actions anymore, it’s always someone else’s fault. If you spent more money than you know you have and now you’re in debt, it wasn’t your fault, it’s the creditor’s fault for giving you credit. If you bought a house that you know you can’t pay for, it’s not your fault, it’s the mortgage company’s fault for approving your loan. This can go on and on and on…

    Clint Eastwood is the man. And this character, even though he seems so racist, I actually agree with a lot of the things he implies about society in the film. The guy might seem hateful and out of line, but he wouldn’t pick up a dollar off the street if it wasn’t his. That’s the kind of guy he was in the movie.

  7. @Andrew
    You say your a psychology major and that Clint Eastwood should learn how to critically think and then you spend your whole post saying he’s stupid, ignorant, and just turns out mediocre films. You should show Eastwood some respect and understand he grew up in a tougher time than are welfare society and he’s just not buying into all these people’s lies.

  8. I took psychology in college just so I can be surrounded by a bunch of hot girls, lol. What an easy class anyhow, I considered it a GPA booster just like the nutrition and anthropology classes I took, lol.

  9. First off, thanks for posting this Vic. Love the site. Never post but Clint’s interview and you guys’ comments got me fired up!
    The wussification of this great country has been in full effect for decades. I’m sure it’s been caused by a myriad of factors but I’m praying the hard edged tough guys will come back into fashion soon. Ken J, you hit the nail on the head. Here’s to more cinematic AND real life self reliant tough guys!

  10. Arguably Generation P started the day they put a counsellor on board the Enterprise…

  11. Well I have to agree wholeheartedly with Clint’s statements. No offense to Andrew or anyone else but the problem with society isn’t the “sudden” outbreak of ADD and ADHD of our children. It’s the fact that parent nowadays are more comfortable with setting their kids in front of a TV not parenting and when they do feel the need to parent that use this constructive criticism and time out crap.
    You were given hands, belts, and switches for a reason. There’s nothing wrong with blistering those little backsides when it’s needed. There’s nothing wrong with “invading privacy” to go through your kids’ stuff or know where they’re at and who they’re with at all times. Say what you want but I rarely have to spank my kids anymore because they were taught that it wasn’t an empty threat and getting your butt whipped a few good times teaches.
    As far as fighting goes my boys know the two rules. Never hit a girl and you better not be the one to start it but someone starts it you better do your best to finish it. I have not and will not punish them for sticking up for themselves. When they become adults I’ll know they can take better care of themselves. Now before anyone gets the bright idea of spouting off about rough and tough parents and tough love I’ll state right now that the last thing my kids hear from me every night is I love you as I tuck them into bed and give them a hug and a kiss.
    This society does need to toughen back up. Stop being so politically correct and stop apologizing so much. Not ever conflict should be resolved with your fists but there’s nothing wrong with throwin them up when it’s called for.

  12. @The Big Dentist

    Indeed! Could you believe that on TNG? A friggin’ “counseler” on the bridge? The other thing that drove me nuts about that show (and I’m a huge Trek fan) was Picard’s decision by committee “leadership” style. Give me Kirk any day. :-)


  13. @Cali

    Being the author of this post you’ll know where I’m coming from, but beyond the age of 2 or so I don’t see the need to hit children to punish them. There are other methods, and IMHO if you start from day one with discipline and consistency it should never come to that.

    I’ve been blessed with a great daughter but very early on she had the same meltdowns as other kids. We never layed a hand on her, but used other disciplinary methods – and she’s one of the best behaved kids I know.


  14. Picard is far superior to kirk any day.

    Back on topic. I believe in spanking how ever it should only be on the bottom and never hard. Children tend to act like you spanked them even if you only pretended to. There is never a need to spank them hard and never a need to hit them in the face. I have seen parents smack their child right in the face and it makes me sick.

  15. @Daniel F

    Kirk is far superior to Picard.



  16. I’m the biggest Clint or Bronson fan you’ll find.

    People are like dogs. Don’t give them what they need…they’ll act up. Let them get past a certain point, they can’t be helped, and must be put down.

  17. Kirk>Picard
    Its math, folks. Secondly, I’d be honored to have Clint kick my ass.
    Thirdly, amen to the diet and exercise affecting attentiveness. I was a hyper kid, but ate only healthy foods and spent at least three hours a day running my self silly outside, therefore still made honor roll through high school. And lastly, of course the psychology major defends pussies. Overthinking and not responding with your gut sometimes with what you know to be right is exactly what Clint’s talking about. Right on.

  18. Just to clarify I don’t condone nor do I want to sound like I promote someone beating their children. I do, however, feel that, as you stated Vic, if you’re consistent and strict at the early stages of development then you won’t HAVE to spank your children as they get older because they’ve already learned that it’s coming.
    I have 2 boys and I very rarely have to do anything besides use the “dad voice” to get them settled down anymore because they weren’t allowed to throw fits in the store and act like demon spawn.

  19. Gran Torino opened in select theaters and I was fortunate enough to see it. What a great flick, he represents everything America used to be. Bravo Clint.

  20. My daughter is seven. She knows were to hit a boy who is bullying her.

    She doesn’t know why, but she knows it’ll work because daddy said so and because mommy has used it to great effectiveness in the past. :) J/K

  21. INK, if that was true, you probably wouldn’t even have your daughter now, lol. :-D

  22. @Ken

    lol. Over my years I have gotten quite a few mental kicks to the groin … luckily not from my wife though. :)

  23. Okay, I have to say, when a child can act up and do whatever they want and simply threaten their parent with child welfare that we’ve become a p***y generation, I use the asterisks because I dont know if the site will let me comment without them, Read a news article about a 12 year boy fatally shooting his mother over doing his CHORES, when children grow up with no concience and no realization of right and wrong then we are living in the very Generation Clint implies… I got spanked, or I got smacked when I did wrong as a child and when that happened I knew I had done wrong, Children nowadays kill their parents because they have no perception of right and wrong.

    Clint is right about pretty much everything he had to say, and as for what Cali said you dont have to beat your child unconcious or black and blue to punish them, in my day you got your @$$ tanned and you got sent to your room, no TV no video games no toys no nothing, and it worked, it cleaned up my attitude AND I have a very healthy relationship with my parents…

    I’m reminded of a time when I was younger, probably 14 or 15, and I was being a jerk to my Mom and pushed her beyond her limits, and she smacked me, right across the face, and then she started crying. Boy I’ll tell you the sting from her hand didnt hurt nearly as bad as seeing how much I hurt her by having to do that, I think all children should get a dose of that.

  24. The thing is also parents need to show that they are parents. Now-a-days it seems like people have kids, but they continue to live like they don’t. Then when they try to punish their kids, their kids don’t care because they don’t have that connection with them. Both parents working, the kids being raised in day-care or through schools, so they see their peers and teachers more than they see their parents, I don’t think that’s healthy either. It’s true, you don’t need to actually physically punish your children, I did, but it doesn’t have to be that way. I think I did good not really to avoid the lashings I knew would follow, but because I didn’t want to let down my parents. And I think if kids don’t care what their parents think, they don’t care about letting them down.

    I went to one of these highschools in a “bad” neighborhood. It’s weird, you have most of the students that don’t care about their education, they vandalize school property, they fail every class, they don’t even make an attempt to complete the work. Then you have the kids that actually care. Same school, same teachers, different attitudes. Some politicians want to make it seem like to make schools better, they simply need more money. Well, everytime our school spent money on new equipment, fixing damages, etc. the kids that don’t care just destroys it all anyhow. The problem cannot be fixed by throwing our tax dollars at the school, student grades will never improve until the students choose to improve them. The best teacher in the world cannot force a student to care about his/her grades. The problem is with the parenting.

    The kids who performed well had parents that pressured them into doing well in school. The ones that didn’t, doesn’t. That’s why different students in the same school with the same funding and the same teachers had very different results.

    The government doesn’t put enough emphasis in this and acts like they can simply throw some money at the schools and their hands are clean. When some politicians try to actually raise standards in schools, they are criticized for not giving enough money to them. I think this parenting/education attitude of the people now-a-days is partially responsible for this thing Mr. Eastwood is referring to.

  25. He should probably look at people who live outside of large metropolitan centers, before making such broad statements.

  26. WOW!!! Is the hypocrisy completely lost on the author of this article. Its almost ironic, ranting about this generation being a bunch of pansies hiding behind keyboards (what did you use to type this website)! As for Eastwood, what a typical angry old man. We became a generation of pansies when we questioned the meaning of life? What is religion then? Our generation has more atheists then any other. Sorry old boys but these are new times, we respect women, elect black presidents, and know that fighting isn’t always the right answer. If you can’t evolve then you’ll just fizzle out.

  27. @Michael

    Hypocrisy? Really? I was referring to the anonymity of the internet, and if you look at the top of the page you’ll see I provide my full name instead of some “handle” like “moviedude.”

    “and know that fighting isn’t always the right answer. If you can’t evolve then you’ll just fizzle out.”

    Funny how you reference evolution but don’t seem to have a grasp of “survival of the fittest.” You’re right, sometimes you don’t have to fight – but quite often you do. Try being a woman and reasoning with a rapist or reasoning with the guy who breaks into your home in the middle of the night.

    I will give you props however for using your real name and an actual email address to post your comment.