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The Wrap: Clint Eastwood Supports Gay Marriage . . . Sort of

from The Wrap, September 13, 2011 quoting the
October 2011 GQ interview with Leonardo DiCaprio

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DiCaprio, with director Eastwood in tow, was interviewed in GQ (“The Leo Tapes”) about a soon-to-be-released film biography of a rumored-to-be-closeted gay J. Edgar Hoover, written by openly gay screenwriter Dustin Lance Black. I have restored the full excerpt, just to cut to the chase.

—rk

He won’t be riding the main float during Pride, but Clint Eastwood doesn’t care if same-sex couples get married.

In the October issue of GQ Magazine, the steely gazed slab of machismo says he doesn’t think gay marriage should be such a controversial issue. . . .

Clint Eastwood: I was an Eisenhower Republican when I started out at 21, because he promised to get us out of the Korean War. And over the years, I realized there was a Republican philosophy that I liked. And then they lost it. And libertarians had more of it. Because what I really believe is, let’s spend a little more time leaving everybody alone. These people who are making a big deal out of gay marriage? I don’t give a fuck about who wants to get married to anybody else! Why not?! We’re making a big deal out of things we shouldn’t be making a deal out of.

Leonardo Dicaprio: That’s the most infuriating thing—watching people focus on these things. Meanwhile, there’s the onset of global warming and—

Clint Eastwood: Exactly!

Leonardo Dicaprio: —and these incredibly scary and menacing things with the future of our economy. Our relationship to the rest of the world. And here we are focusing on this?

Clint Eastwood: They go on and on with all this bullshit about “sanctity” — don’t give me that sanctity crap! Just give everybody the chance to have the life they want.

Leonardo Dicaprio: It’s the great diversion. Politicians are masters at getting you to be on their side so that you don’t look at how big business—

Clint Eastwood: I love big business! [They both laugh.]

Clint Eastwood: I love big business if it hires everybody and does all the right things, and if they get off track then they’ll have to deal with whatever—

Leonardo Dicaprio: But they often do get off track, unfortunately. See, now you’ve got us in a political debate!

. . . Though DiCaprio is a prominent supporter of liberal causes and candidates, Eastwood is known as one of Hollywood’s few Republicans. However, he maintains that his attitude is in keeping with his political beliefs.

“J. Edgar” hits theaters on Nov. 9. It’s written by Dustin Lance Black (“Milk”), an openly gay screenwriter who has been active in the marriage equality movement.

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