Saturday, September 8, 2012

I Hope This Is Not How We'll Remember Clint

Like many in the nation I was deeply unnerved by Clint Eastwood's speech at the Republican National Convention, not because he endorsed Romney (Clint will always go his own way and that is one of the reasons he is so beloved) but because, even though he has looked like an old man since the age of 30, at the RNC he finally sounded like one.

For most of my life this man has seemed invincible and beholden to no one. He has also been an exemplary model of aging: most agree he has done his best work as a filmmaker in his seventies and eighties. I guess I got lulled into thinking that he would remain sharp as a tack and then, one day, just saddle up and ride off into the sunset.

This should serve as a reminder that the ravages of time spare no one. Clint Eastwood still appears to be a thoughtful man; perhaps he even has some more good movies in him. But, for the love of God, keep this man away from a speaking platform.

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