About 10 years ago, Clint Eastwood allegedly told filmmaker Michael Moore he would “kill” him if he ever showed up at his house with a camera. The story has been told before, and many people believe the comments, purportedly made at a National Board of Review awards dinner, were made jokingly.
But Moore on Thursday alleged that Eastwood’s “threat” was “half-kidding/not-kidding” and claimed the legendary actor and director had “gotten” to him, suggesting he was actually disturbed by the comments.
Actor / Producer Clint Eastwood arrives at Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Trouble With The Curve' premiere at Regency Village Theatre on September 19, 2012 in Westwood, California. (Photo: Getty Images)
Here’s what Eastwood allegedly said, according to Moore:
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."
In an extensive Facebook post on Thursday, Moore explained why he thought Eastwood was at least partly serious. He even tried to tie other media personalities of promoting the “wishful idea of my ultimately death.”
He also claimed “something started to go haywire with Clint in the last decade” and bashed “American Sniper” as a film that rewrites history and “perpetuates a racist sentiment to Arabs.”
If you really want to, read the full post here:
We're going to attempt to get in touch with Eastwood to see if he'll reveal his intent behind the apparent joke. If we have any success, this story will be updated.