Everyone knows that Paul Newman was a liberal with a heart for the underdog. He was a co-founder of Newman’s Own, a food company from which he donated all post-tax profits and royalties to charity. As of January 2017, these donations have totaled over US $485 million. He was also a co-founder of Safe Water Network, a nonprofit that develops sustainable drinking water solutions for those in need. His talent and generosity to others made him and his wife Joanne Woodward the unquestioned “most respected couple” in Hollywood history. Big heart, big talent, small ego. Regarding Clint Eastwood, many remember his appearance at the Republican convention, where he made fun of Democrats. Also his movies such as The Enforcer, In the Line of Fire, Hang’em High, Flags of Our Fathers, Heartbreak Ridge, American Sniper, Dirty Harry, Honeytonk Man, Gran Torino, etc seem to suggest that he’s definitely a conservative pro-Trump Republican. But wait. That is fake news conspiracy theory. Consider his own words: “I’m not on either side of the aisle. I think most Americans are going, ‘What the … ? Is this all we can do?’ … When there were 17 people on the stage [in the early GOP debates], I thought, well, there are three or four people up there I could see voting for. They seem pretty good. I had a few …. And then I thought, what the hell happened?” Also: “I was a child growing up during World War II. That was supposed to be the one to end all wars. And four years later, I was standing at the draft board being drafted during the Korean conflict, and then after that there was Vietnam, and it goes on and on forever … I just wonder … does this ever stop? And no, it doesn’t. So each time we get in these conflicts, it deserves a lot of thought before we go wading in or wading out. Going in or coming out. It needs a better thought process, I think.” He describes himself as pragmatic Libertarian, “not a red-meat Republican.” Eastwood’s 2014 movie American Sniper was met with strong critical praise, especially from many Republicans who called it a pro-War on Terror, pro-Republican, and patriotic film; Eastwood responded by saying that such notions represented a “stupid analysis” and that the movie had nothing to do with political parties. So…maybe he should run in 2020 under the Coffee Party, because it’s time to wake up?
Now go watch these Eastwood movies: Unforgiven, Sully, Absolute Power, Invictus (starring Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman), White Hunter Black Heart, and Changeling (starring Angelina Jolie.) Eastwood: “You know, I haven’t really supported anybody.” But he did back the Brady Bill. “All guns should be registered. I don’t think legitimate gun owners would mind that kind of legislation. Right now the furor against a gun law is by gun owners who are overreacting. They’re worried that all guns are going to be recalled. It’s impossible to take guns out of circulation, and that’s why firearms should be registered and mail-order delivery of guns halted.” Backed a ban on assault weapons. “Why would anyone need or want an assault weapon?” he said. “No matter what party they’re in, you should evaluate their work and make your judgments accordingly. That’s the way to do it in life and every other subject, but sometimes in America we get gaga, we look at the wrong values.” In February 2010, Eastwood was recognized by President Barack Obama with an arts and humanities award. Obama described Eastwood’s films as “essays in individuality, hard truths and the essence of what it means to be American.” Question: would Trump do this for someone who dissed him? Or would he Tweet his disgust and “fake news”? For the record, Clint referred to Trump and Clinton during election season as, “Abbott and Costello.”