One of the few Republicans of Hollywood, Clint Eastwood, says in a new interview that he doesn't really care about who marries whom, and feels the controversy surrounding gay marriage is pointless. In the October issue of GQ Magazine, the Oscar-winning director and charismatic actor says that everybody should be given a chance to have the life they want.
These people who are making a big deal about gay marriage? said Eastwood. I don't give a [expletive] 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 ... Just give everybody the chance to have the life they want.
Eastwood is promoting his forthcoming J. Edgar, his biographical drama on longtime FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, including an examination of his private life as an alleged closeted homosexual.
Leonardo DiCaprio, who plays the title role, also thinks that the gay marriage debate has been overblown, reports thewarp.com.
That's the most infuriating thing, watching people focus on these things, DiCaprio told GQ. Meanwhile, there's the onset of global warming and these incredibly scary and menacing things with the future of our economy.
Eastwood usually describes himself as a libertarian in interviews, fiscally conservative yet socially liberal.
I was an Eisenhower Republican when I started out at 21, because he promised to get us out of the Korean War, said Eastwood. 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.
At times, Eastwood has supported Democrats in California, such as the liberal and environmentally concerned Rep. Sam Farr in 2002. He told USA Weekend in 2004, I don't see myself as conservative, but I'm not ultra-leftist... I like the libertarian view, which is to leave everyone alone. Even as a kid, I was annoyed by people who wanted to tell everyone how to live.