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09.10.2012

Clint Eastwood's speech to an empty chair at the recent Republican National Convention spread across the internet faster than most news stories because it involved a Hollywood icon. The behavior was considered bizarre and became ripe for parody the moment it hit the airwaves. But, it may have had another effect as well. According to a recent survey by Fandango, 61% of fans were more interested in seeing TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE due to the now infamous speech.

We live in an age where every single thing that happens to a celebrity is broadcast to every corner of the world via the internet and social media. Because of this exposure, things that would otherwise have been private or nothing more than gossip are now common knowledge. We have had a glut of celebrity personal issues that have become huge news stories: Kristen Stewart's affair, Mel Gibson's breakdowns, Tom Cruise's divorce, Lindsay Lohan's legal troubles, and now Clint Eastwood's speech.

Clint Eastwood, much like the late Charlton Heston, has a conservative set of values, which he is entitled to believe in as an American. We do not have to agree with our celebrity belief systems, but it does affect how we view them as people which also affects if we watch their movies.

Clint looked every bit of his 82 years during that speech. He did not come across as the confident actor we have seen in GRAN TORINO or MILLION DOLLAR BABY. Those movies are not that old, but Clint didn't look that old in them either. Of course, live on stage you have the harshness of the lights that do no favors for anyone.

TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE has definitely increased in buzz due to Eastwood's speech, but it in no way alters my desire to see the movie. Unless you have a film where the direct result of the production was altered by something that the actor said/did, I rarely change my opinion on a film. I didn't have much desire to see TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE BEFORE and I don't have much now.

TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE opens on September 21st. Do you have more or less desire to see it because of Eastwood's speech?

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4:37PM on 09/12/2012
i like clint,Tom cruise,mel gibson bcoz they r great actors,icons,what they hav done r not big mistakes to my concern.but i hate kristen stewart and lindsay bcoz they r terrible and annoying actresses like their real life.
i like clint,Tom cruise,mel gibson bcoz they r great actors,icons,what they hav done r not big mistakes to my concern.but i hate kristen stewart and lindsay bcoz they r terrible and annoying actresses like their real life.
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3:32PM on 09/12/2012
I think people are more upset over Eastwood being vocal about being a republican. There was nothing erratic or odd about his speech. The crowd loved it. I don't agree with everything he said, but I'm not going to pretend that there was something wrong with what he did because of that.
I think people are more upset over Eastwood being vocal about being a republican. There was nothing erratic or odd about his speech. The crowd loved it. I don't agree with everything he said, but I'm not going to pretend that there was something wrong with what he did because of that.
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11:30AM on 09/12/2012
There is nothing a celeb could do to make me want to see his or her movie more. However, their actions can turn me away from their movie. If Ryan Gosling turned out to be some KKK member and he said he hates MLK day, I would probably not buy anymore tickets to his flicks. And if Nic Cage found a way to turn water into gasoline for cars, I still would not have any desire to see his movies. I would only watch a flick with him in it, if the movie looks good. Other than that, there's no behavior
There is nothing a celeb could do to make me want to see his or her movie more. However, their actions can turn me away from their movie. If Ryan Gosling turned out to be some KKK member and he said he hates MLK day, I would probably not buy anymore tickets to his flicks. And if Nic Cage found a way to turn water into gasoline for cars, I still would not have any desire to see his movies. I would only watch a flick with him in it, if the movie looks good. Other than that, there's no behavior that would generate interest towards a flick.

And a lot of folks here say it doesn't matter, but I've seen comments about actors like Jaden Smith taking heat because they think he's a "brat" (which isn't even true). So I know an actors behavior influences people's decisions to watch a movie.
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10:33AM on 09/11/2012

HAHAHAHA

Are we all going to stop watching Kirk Cameron movies now because he is an idiot too??? Oh wait, who watches those anyways :)
Are we all going to stop watching Kirk Cameron movies now because he is an idiot too??? Oh wait, who watches those anyways :)
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12:32AM on 09/11/2012
The personal actions/ beliefs of a director/ actor/ actress etc., provided they are not super illegal (rape, murder and the like), don't affect my excitement for their films. Eastwood's chair talk was a dumb skit, that felt too rambling (if they had written it out it might have worked better), but "Trouble..." is still something I am excited for.
The personal actions/ beliefs of a director/ actor/ actress etc., provided they are not super illegal (rape, murder and the like), don't affect my excitement for their films. Eastwood's chair talk was a dumb skit, that felt too rambling (if they had written it out it might have worked better), but "Trouble..." is still something I am excited for.
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11:34PM on 09/10/2012
I really don't see what was erratic about Clint's RNC speech? It was completely off the head with no script, made up on the spot minutes beforehand. And it was funny. I think people were more so startled by the unconventional nature of the speech given it's placement in a formal and scripted setting. Even Bill Maher defended him. And, oh boo hoo hoo, Clint talked Republican politics. How dare he...in an age where every liberal blowhard in Hollywood makes it their business to yell their beliefs
I really don't see what was erratic about Clint's RNC speech? It was completely off the head with no script, made up on the spot minutes beforehand. And it was funny. I think people were more so startled by the unconventional nature of the speech given it's placement in a formal and scripted setting. Even Bill Maher defended him. And, oh boo hoo hoo, Clint talked Republican politics. How dare he...in an age where every liberal blowhard in Hollywood makes it their business to yell their beliefs from a mountaintop and involve it in their films (even popcorn films are laced with liberal politics), Clint makes a brief speech at the RNC. WAAAAAH
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10:21PM on 09/10/2012
I don't recall when last I skipped a movie based on the actor or actors' personal recent behavior. There are celebrities I like and don't like. And maybe if someone did something like kill their girlfriend, it might make me think twice about watching them blow away bad guys, but Clint is teflon to me. I always knew his political views didn't line up perfectly to my own. But he's far from the hawk that some of those speakers were, and dammit if he wasn't every bit as charming doing his
I don't recall when last I skipped a movie based on the actor or actors' personal recent behavior. There are celebrities I like and don't like. And maybe if someone did something like kill their girlfriend, it might make me think twice about watching them blow away bad guys, but Clint is teflon to me. I always knew his political views didn't line up perfectly to my own. But he's far from the hawk that some of those speakers were, and dammit if he wasn't every bit as charming doing his half-baked ad-lib bit.
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9:39PM on 09/10/2012
Fuck no, a good movie is a good movie. Who gives a shit about anything else?
Fuck no, a good movie is a good movie. Who gives a shit about anything else?
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9:35PM on 09/10/2012
It really depends, because I guess the actions of a celebrity dont affect how I view their product (be it music, movies, sports etc...) because if you are good at something, then that is what I pay to see. However, some things are so egregious that they can not be ignored. Chris Brown, when I see that piece of shit, I want to punch him in his face... I don't like Rihanna, she annoys the shit out of me, but no matter the situation, what he did to her is unforgivable and when I see him in a movie
It really depends, because I guess the actions of a celebrity dont affect how I view their product (be it music, movies, sports etc...) because if you are good at something, then that is what I pay to see. However, some things are so egregious that they can not be ignored. Chris Brown, when I see that piece of shit, I want to punch him in his face... I don't like Rihanna, she annoys the shit out of me, but no matter the situation, what he did to her is unforgivable and when I see him in a movie or in the public eye, it grates me. Mel Gibson has some anger issues! But i will see every movie he makes, because he is one of the best actors and directors out there. Eastwood is just hilarious, I dont care that I dont agree with his views at all, what he did was a comedy routine that could have been very dry and received greatly, or it could have just been weird and not funny.. it happened to be the latter! I will still see every movie he makes!

Kristen Stewart I think sucks at life, I did not like her even before her whole cheating thing... I still will watch Snow White & The Huntsman when it hits Netflix, can't punish the great Charlize Theron for being a costar to a talentless twat!

People stopped listening to Metallica after the Napster fiasco (which was taken out of context anyway).. and because of that, they are missing out on the greatest band of all time, because they think not listening to them makes ANY difference!

Tom Cruise is bat shit crazy, will I see Jack Reacher opening day.. Yup!
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7:40PM on 09/10/2012
To clear the political information, Clint Eastwood is not actually a conservative. He has voted in the past for both Republican and Democratic parties. He is a Libertarian which is a party that is for smaller government and individual rights and choices rather than governmental moral authority. Penn and Teller are also Libertarians and no one can accuse them of being conservatives.
To clear the political information, Clint Eastwood is not actually a conservative. He has voted in the past for both Republican and Democratic parties. He is a Libertarian which is a party that is for smaller government and individual rights and choices rather than governmental moral authority. Penn and Teller are also Libertarians and no one can accuse them of being conservatives.
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7:11PM on 09/10/2012

Nah

Eastwood's directorial choices of late have turned me off more lately, as he seems to always go for the geriatric award show bait over actual entertainment, than his politics; but the two are probably related - as is probably my disinterest in his projects. I don't fault Tom for being a goof. I had more trouble with Mel, but I think that's because I had so much admiration for him before, but having Jodie and RDJ back him up helped his case. At the end of the day you aren't going to like
Eastwood's directorial choices of late have turned me off more lately, as he seems to always go for the geriatric award show bait over actual entertainment, than his politics; but the two are probably related - as is probably my disinterest in his projects. I don't fault Tom for being a goof. I had more trouble with Mel, but I think that's because I had so much admiration for him before, but having Jodie and RDJ back him up helped his case. At the end of the day you aren't going to like everyone or their politics, so why try.
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6:14PM on 09/10/2012

No

Unless they are a cross burning racist or a card carrying Nazi, then no.
Unless they are a cross burning racist or a card carrying Nazi, then no.
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6:09PM on 09/10/2012

no

I watch movies if they look interesting regardless, what happens in the 'real world' should not and does not affect my opinions on whether I want to see a movie or not or the quality of a movie. I like and judge actors for their acting, directors for their directing, musicians for their music, etc. NOT for their personal views. Two different things, personal and business -- and I don't know them personally outside of TMZ and all that bullshit so I don't really care very much at all for any of
I watch movies if they look interesting regardless, what happens in the 'real world' should not and does not affect my opinions on whether I want to see a movie or not or the quality of a movie. I like and judge actors for their acting, directors for their directing, musicians for their music, etc. NOT for their personal views. Two different things, personal and business -- and I don't know them personally outside of TMZ and all that bullshit so I don't really care very much at all for any of that, more importantly though I don't let any of that affect my opinion on their WORK (aka the reason I 'know' them in the first place)
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5:28PM on 09/10/2012

Oh, crazy Clint Eastwood and his wacky right-wing politics

More desire to see it.
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More desire to see it.
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5:28PM on 09/10/2012
I usually have a pretty high level of tolerance. I have no problem with Tom Cruise and Clint Eastwood looked more like an old man than a bad person. On the other hand, the misogyny of Charlie Sheen and the anti-semitism of Mel Gibson are a problem. And I don't like the hateful brand of Republicanism of Jon Voight either.
I usually have a pretty high level of tolerance. I have no problem with Tom Cruise and Clint Eastwood looked more like an old man than a bad person. On the other hand, the misogyny of Charlie Sheen and the anti-semitism of Mel Gibson are a problem. And I don't like the hateful brand of Republicanism of Jon Voight either.
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10:22PM on 09/10/2012
I gotta agree I don't care for Voight's politics one bit. But he's still a fantastic actor.
I gotta agree I don't care for Voight's politics one bit. But he's still a fantastic actor.
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5:25PM on 09/10/2012

Yes.

Yes. It is still hard for me to watch Tom Cruise movies after his weirdness back in the day. Maybe petty and childish of me, but that's the way it is.
Lots of people come back from this stuff though... so it is never permanent, but in the short term it definitely hurts it.
Yes. It is still hard for me to watch Tom Cruise movies after his weirdness back in the day. Maybe petty and childish of me, but that's the way it is.
Lots of people come back from this stuff though... so it is never permanent, but in the short term it definitely hurts it.
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5:17PM on 09/10/2012

Whatevs

Who cares what anyone thinks? These are 1st world problems :) If we cared what celebs thought, Tom Cruise and Mel Gibson would be jobless.
Who cares what anyone thinks? These are 1st world problems :) If we cared what celebs thought, Tom Cruise and Mel Gibson would be jobless.
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10:25PM on 09/10/2012
First World Problems. That's a name that needs to be bandied around a lot more. I'll have to remember that one.
First World Problems. That's a name that needs to be bandied around a lot more. I'll have to remember that one.
10:30AM on 09/11/2012
Use dude, use it. I usually don't give a shit what anyone says unless it impacts me directly. Kirk Cameron is another idiot who spouts off, but I wouldn't watch his fecal matter (movies) to begin with. :)
Use dude, use it. I usually don't give a shit what anyone says unless it impacts me directly. Kirk Cameron is another idiot who spouts off, but I wouldn't watch his fecal matter (movies) to begin with. :)
5:04PM on 09/10/2012

Ahem...

Yes.
Yes.
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4:37PM on 09/10/2012
Sometimes. I try not to care about some of the craziness but sometimes it takes me out of a scene if it's marginally close to what they were in the news for in the first place. Case in point I watched "Payback" last night (sadly netflix only has the sub-par theatrical cut up for streaming) and for a moment, when he was beating his wife, I flashed to his most recent voicemail scandal involving his now ex wife. Gratefully it was only for a moment and I was able to enjoy the rest of the movie.
Sometimes. I try not to care about some of the craziness but sometimes it takes me out of a scene if it's marginally close to what they were in the news for in the first place. Case in point I watched "Payback" last night (sadly netflix only has the sub-par theatrical cut up for streaming) and for a moment, when he was beating his wife, I flashed to his most recent voicemail scandal involving his now ex wife. Gratefully it was only for a moment and I was able to enjoy the rest of the movie.
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4:02PM on 09/10/2012
There are extreme cases. I had a tough time taking Tom Cruise seriously in anything he'd ever done for at least two years after that Matt Lauer interview. And I want to put a fist through my television screen every time I see Charlie Sheen's face.

But as for Clint, I think I love him more now than ever. Even as a liberal I love him for upstaging Romney's bullshit. He'd be a damn legend if he'd ended his speech by dropping trou and farting the theme from Every Which Way But Loose (full
There are extreme cases. I had a tough time taking Tom Cruise seriously in anything he'd ever done for at least two years after that Matt Lauer interview. And I want to put a fist through my television screen every time I see Charlie Sheen's face.

But as for Clint, I think I love him more now than ever. Even as a liberal I love him for upstaging Romney's bullshit. He'd be a damn legend if he'd ended his speech by dropping trou and farting the theme from Every Which Way But Loose (full credit to Patton Oswalt for that joke.)
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3:40PM on 09/10/2012
Nope, not in the least. If it did, I'd miss all of Tom Cruise's awesome movies.
Nope, not in the least. If it did, I'd miss all of Tom Cruise's awesome movies.
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3:36PM on 09/10/2012
not at all,people just need to relax & realize actors are human also,we are way too critical
not at all,people just need to relax & realize actors are human also,we are way too critical
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