After Ronald Reagan and John Wayne, Clint Eastwood is probably the best-known Republican in Hollywood history. So, it stands to reason that when the actor, director, and all-around legend appeared on the TV show “Extra” to promote his new movie that Eastwood would be asked about his opinions regarding the GOP presidential field for 2016.
When it came to front-runner Donald Trump, the 85-year-old director had two stunning words for host Mario Lopez: “He’s great.”
“It’s an unusual thing he’s done so far,” Eastwood said of Trump’s campaign.
“I think people are looking for somebody that’s outspoken and who isn’t afraid, and he seems to have a fearless attitude. He’s great.”
Eastwood’s tastes in candidates, perhaps unsurprisingly, tended towards the more conservative wing of the party, although he did include praise for a favorite of the center, as well.
“I like Ben Carson cause he’s kind of a common sense guy and also doesn’t seem to be afraid, and Rubio, who I’ve met and I like very much, and Ted Cruz,” Eastwood said.
Eastwood added something Republicans of all stripes could get behind: “Any one of them would be better than what we got.”
Eastwood appeared on “Extra” to discuss “Sully,” his next directorial project. The movie, which is due next year, focuses on Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger, the hero pilot who helped land US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River safely after both of its engines failed. The title role will be played by Tom Hanks.