Taking a swipe at political correctness, Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood, 86, pointed out that one of his greatest films, Dirty Harry, could not have been produced in today’s sensitive political climate.
Honored at the Cannes Film Festival, Eastwood recalled how the 1971 film was controversial at the time it was released. “A lot of people thought [Dirty Harry] was politically incorrect,” he explained, adding, “That was at the beginning of the era that we’re in now, where everybody thinks everyone’s politically correct. We’re killing ourselves by doing that. We’ve lost our sense of humor.”
Eastwood is in the midst of preparing to direct “The 15:17 to Paris,” which will be about the foiling of a 2015 Islamic State group attack on a train heading to the French capital from Brussels.
Noting that the film is a sign of today’s “strange times,” his next movie will focus on the three Americans, two of them off-duty members of the military, who contributed to stopping the terrorist.
A Trump supporter, Eastwood praised the president last year, calling him a foe of political correctness and “the kiss-ass generation.” And at the Republican party convention in 2012, he addressed an empty chair that was supposed to represent President Barack Obama.
“We’re really in a pussy generation. Everybody’s walking on eggshells,” pointed out Eastwood. “We see people accusing people of being racist and all kinds of stuff. When I grew up, those things weren’t called racist. Secretly, everybody’s getting tired of political correctness, kissing up.”
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