Clint Eastwood believes that former New York mayor, Mike Bloomberg, should be the next president and he wanted President Trump to change his behavior.
The 89-year-old Dirty Harry actor and self-proclaimed libertarian told The Wall Street Journal that while supporting “certain things that Trump has done,” he believes the president “should act in a more friendly manner, without tweeting and naming people.”
“I personally would like him not to raise himself to that level,” the Academy Award winner told the Journal.
He then said, “The best thing we can do is just get Mike Bloomberg in.”
Bloomberg, the former Republican who later became independent, made a late start in the race for the nomination of the Democratic party.
“The best thing we can do is get Mike Bloomberg in.” Dirty Harry actor Clint Eastwood said in a recent interview. Eastwood is seen on the left in Atlanta in December and Bloomberg is seen on the right in New York last month
Eastwood said he agreed with some of President Trump’s policies, he wanted him to be more “gentle.” Trump can be seen in Las Vegas on Friday
The media magnate whose assets are said to be more than $ 63 billion, has so far spent hundreds of millions of dollars of its own money on ads across the country.
The ad blitz seems to work as Bloomberg polls show at striking distance from the front runner, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
The former mayor of New York City has also received various statements of support from prominent Democrats in Congress.
On Wednesday, however, Bloomberg seemed unprepared and performed poorly during a debate with the other candidates in Las Vegas.
Bloomberg has also had to fend off criticism of his previous support for controversial policies, such as ‘stop and search’, as well as the way his company deals with allegations of sexual harassment by female employees.
Eastwood has not been shy to express his political views.
In 2012, Eastwood delivered a speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa in which he ratified Mitt Romney as president.
He was famous on the podium and spoke with an empty chair that represented the then President Barack Obama.
Eastwood has also held a public office. In 1986, he was elected as the non-partisan mayor of his hometown of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, a post he held for two years.
In the interview with the Journal, Eastwood also weighed on the # MeToo movement.
“The # MeToo generation has its points,” said the filmmaker, who praised women for “standing up for people trying to get you down for sexual favors.”
Eastwood acknowledged that women in Hollywood have been the victims of powerful men for decades.
“It was very productive in the forties and fifties,” he said, adding, “and the sixties, seventies, eighties and nineties …”
Film producer Harvey Weinstein leaves the New York Criminal Court on Friday for his trial of sexual violence in Manhattan. Eastwood thinks the # MeToo movement has had a negative effect on “the presumption of innocence”
Eastwood said that although he did not defend Harvey Weinstein, he was concerned that accusations against men might affect “presumption of innocence, not just in law, but in philosophy.”
Weinstein is the film magnate currently being tried for the sexual abuse of women. He has been accused of various sexual crimes against dozens of female figures in Hollywood.
Eastwood also defended himself against allegations regarding his film about the late Richard Jewell.
Eastwood remained steadfast and rejected criticism from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the local newspaper furious about his portrait of the late journalist Kathy Scruggs.
Scruggs – who died in 2001 – was the newspaper’s reporter who first published that the FBI treated Jewell as a suspect.
Jewell, played by Paul Walter Hauser, who was mistakenly treated as a suspect after finding a bag of explosives planted by Eric Robert Rudolph at the 1996 Olympic Games and saving thousands of lives.
The AJC accused Eastwood and Warner Bros., the film studio behind the Richard Jewell film, of having inferred that Scruggs exchanged sexual favors for journalistic tips.
The AJC claimed in a legal letter that the film falsely depicts Scruggs, which was played in the film by actress Olivia Wilde, who tried to sleep with an FBI agent, played by John Hamm, for information.
In the interview with the Journal, Eastwood says he has invoked a film license.
“Well, she was hanging around in a small cafe in town, where police officers were mostly going,” Eastwood said about Scruggs.
“And she had a friend who was a police officer.
“Well, we just changed it in the story. We made it into a federal police officer instead of a local one. “
Eastwood also rejected criticism from those who say his new film Richard Jewell suggests that journalist Kathy Scruggs (left, portrayed by Olivia Wilde, right) exchanged sex for tips on the case
Richard Jewell was a security guard who saved lives at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta by discovering and then reporting a backpack with pipe bombs. He was mistakenly treated as a suspect by the FBI for a short period of time and details of the investigation were leaked to the media – namely Scruggs. After he was acquitted, he prosecuted several media. Jewell died in 2007. He is shown with his mother Barbara in October 1996
Eastwood accused AJC of hiding his “guilt” for a “reckless story.”
The director said the newspaper was “ultimately responsible” for the death of Jewell in 2007.
The former guard, who was exempt from misconduct, died at the age of 44 due to heart failure and complications of diabetes.
Eastwood challenged the newspaper to prosecute and said he wished Warner Bros. the AJC had said ‘to go and fuck’.
The studio said it would fight any lawsuit.
“Make my day!” Said Eastwood, relying on the rule made famous by his Dirty Harry character.
“If you just want to focus more on helping you kill him, go ahead and do it – if you’re stupid enough to do that.”