Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood has set the record straight in Las Vegas on Wednesday, when he told an audience that he never threatened to kill the infamous Hollywood filmmaker Michael Moore, but added that it wouldn’t be the worst idea in the world.
“Everyone keeps saying I threatened to kill Michael Moore. That’s not true,” Eastwood said and added, “It isn’t a bad idea.”
The little jab was met with a rousing applause and laughter from the audience, according to USA Today.
This little “tiff” between Eastwood and Moore started over a comment made by Moore regarding the integrity of “American Sniper” Chris Kyle. After the release of Eastwood’s blockbuster film “American Sniper”, Moore went on a Facebook tirade claiming Eastwood had once threatened to kill him.
Here is the Facebook post from Moore back in January:
“Ten years ago this past week, Clint Eastwood stood in front of the National Board of Review awards dinner and announced to me and to the crowd that he would “kill” me if I ever came to his house with my camera for an interview.
“I’ll kill you,” he declared.
The crowd laughed nervously. As for me, having just experienced a half-dozen assaults in the previous year from crazies upset at ‘Fahrenheit 9/11′ and my anti-war Oscar speech, plus the attempt by a right wing extremist to blow up my house (he was caught in time and went to prison), I was a bit stunned to hear Eastwood, out of the blue, make such a violent statement. But I instantly decided he was just trying to be funny, so I laughed the same nervous laugh everyone else did. Clint, though, didn’t seem to like all that laughter.
“I mean it,” he barked, and the audience grew more quiet. “I’ll shoot you.””
We all know that Moore is an attention “whore” so his diatribe on Facebook was of no surprise, nor was his criticism of the film “American Sniper” or his allegations against Eastwood, who has always just brushed aside Moore’s comments as irrelevant and baseless. Eastwood has even gone so far as to publicly thank Moore for helping boost the film’s enormous success.
“I’m all for everyone, whatever people’s attitudes are,” Eastwood said.
“That’s what great about this country. You can think what you want. No one has to agree with you.”