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(The Hollywood Reporter)   The only actor sticking up for Clint Eastwood's inexplicable lecturing of an empty chair is Jackie Mason   (hollywoodreporter.com) divider line 80
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2012-09-04 08:16:54 AM  
The audience loved every minute of it

Of course they did. It was a room full of republican Borg.

Dude, you were on Caddyshack 2. You don't get to comment on anything ever.
 
2012-09-04 08:21:08 AM  
Is this the right time to say "I missed this whole Clint Eastwood thing... WTF did he do?" ... or should that kind of admission only be saved for the safe-haven of TFD?
 
2012-09-04 08:21:58 AM  
Jackie, Clint is not going to put you in his next movie, so stop trying so hard.

Oh, and remember, you also thought the script for Caddyshack 2 was good, so your opinion doesn't mean shiat.
 
2012-09-04 08:25:42 AM  
Jackie's been neck deep in derp for a long while now. It's no surprise that he loved Eastwood's act.
 
2012-09-04 08:26:48 AM  
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-09-04 08:27:01 AM  
ironically Jackie Mason used to do a bit where he poked fun at Ronald Reagan starting to lose it because of his age.
 
2012-09-04 08:36:50 AM  

IrateShadow: Jackie's been neck deep in derp for a long while now. It's no surprise that he loved Eastwood's act.


While I don't agree with anything Clint said, he killed it; he did a fantastic job playing to that room. When he started just taking pot-shots at Obama... he was on fire and the room loved him (I think this starts at 6 min in, and fully develops with the Biden joke).
 
2012-09-04 08:36:58 AM  
In other news, Jackie Mason is still alive.
 
2012-09-04 08:38:57 AM  
Hell, Bill Maher gave Clint credit for working the room.
 
2012-09-04 08:44:33 AM  

GameSprocket: Hell, Bill Maher gave Clint credit for working the room.


Then Bill is on point.


/does he still have a show? I should watch it...
 
2012-09-04 08:46:03 AM  

GameSprocket: Hell, Bill Maher gave Clint credit for working the room.


It wasn't exactly a tough room.
 
2012-09-04 08:54:26 AM  

mekkab: GameSprocket: Hell, Bill Maher gave Clint credit for working the room.

Then Bill is on point.


/does he still have a show? I should watch it...


It's on HBO. You can listen to the audio podcast of it for free.
 
2012-09-04 08:57:31 AM  

mekkab: IrateShadow: Jackie's been neck deep in derp for a long while now. It's no surprise that he loved Eastwood's act.

While I don't agree with anything Clint said, he killed it; he did a fantastic job playing to that room. When he started just taking pot-shots at Obama... he was on fire and the room loved him (I think this starts at 6 min in, and fully develops with the Biden joke).


If the goal was to amuse people who despise Obama and would gleefully vote for Charles Manson if he had an R by his name, then yes, Clint killed it.

If the goal was to help win the votes of Independents, not so much.
 
2012-09-04 09:00:59 AM  
If Clint put on a show... that was probably the most delightfully deft bit of satire ever conceived of.

The barely coherent ramblings of an old white man... not even yelling, just griping and grousing on grievances that barely make sense when articulated with even the barest of coherence.

It's the kind of thing that Kaufman would do. But Clint isn't Kaufman.
 
2012-09-04 09:01:06 AM  

Mugato: GameSprocket: Hell, Bill Maher gave Clint credit for working the room.

It wasn't exactly a tough room.


But he understood the room. It's not like those people wanted to hear a substantive speech with facts.
 
2012-09-04 09:01:55 AM  

mekkab: Is this the right time to say "I missed this whole Clint Eastwood thing... WTF did he do?" ... or should that kind of admission only be saved for the safe-haven of TFD?


If you have 10 or so minutes to kill sometime you should head on over to YouTube and watch it. If you're an Eastwood fan you can actually feel a little piece of you die. It's almost cathartic.
 
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2012-09-04 09:05:19 AM  
doesn't he host an conservative AM radio talk show?

this is like telling me Limbaugh and Hannity and weird squeaky absurd cartoon voice guy (who most certainly shouldn't even be in the business) liked it. i mean... duh. of course they do.
 
2012-09-04 09:08:54 AM  

Tax Boy: In other news, Jackie Mason is still alive.


evidently. i had no idea.

stoli n coke: Jackie, Clint is not going to put you in his next movie, so stop trying so hard.

Oh, and remember, you also thought the script for Caddyshack 2 paid good enough to accept a role was good, so your opinion doesn't mean shiat.

 
2012-09-04 09:12:45 AM  
The first time I heard Jackie Mason, I thought "I can't imagine he was the right choice for 'Lolita.' I need to watch that movie."
 
2012-09-04 09:13:12 AM  
I didn't get what Eastwood was doing; since I've re-watched it, it was pretty funny. I could have seen Charles Grodin' doing that as a standup bit.....

But when I watched it the first time, it was just strange.
 
2012-09-04 09:16:16 AM  
Since when are Glenn Beck and Victoria Jackson not actors??!?
 
2012-09-04 09:21:09 AM  
It's interesting that the conservatives bashed Clint for "his" Superbowl half-time auto commercial and now hail him as a genius.
 
2012-09-04 09:23:24 AM  

MisterLoki: If the goal was to help win the votes of Independents, not so much.


I don't think that was the point, but if it was, it wasn't achieved.

/But people laughed.

Cinaed: It's the kind of thing that Kaufman would do. But Clint isn't Kaufman.


I think you're ascribing it with much more nuance than it deserves. He was taking pot shots in a public forum. Very few got what Kaufman was doing. Everyone got what Clint was all about, as evidenced by the cheers and applause.

thornhill: But he understood the room. It's not like those people wanted to hear a substantive speech with facts.


*Fist Bump*.


Krymson Tyde: head on over to YouTube and watch it.


I did, it was kind of worth it.

/thought, that 11 minutes would have been better spent with an episode of ATHF, or whatever they're calling that show now-a-days.
 
2012-09-04 09:27:31 AM  

mekkab: MisterLoki: If the goal was to help win the votes of Independents, not so much.

I don't think that was the point, but if it was, it wasn't achieved.

/But people laughed.

Cinaed: It's the kind of thing that Kaufman would do. But Clint isn't Kaufman.

I think you're ascribing it with much more nuance than it deserves. He was taking pot shots in a public forum. Very few got what Kaufman was doing. Everyone got what Clint was all about, as evidenced by the cheers and applause.

thornhill: But he understood the room. It's not like those people wanted to hear a substantive speech with facts.

*Fist Bump*.


Krymson Tyde: head on over to YouTube and watch it.

I did, it was kind of worth it.

/thought, that 11 minutes would have been better spent with an episode of ATHF, or whatever they're calling that show now-a-days.


the highlighted part is in the current name of the show
 
2012-09-04 09:31:16 AM  

mekkab: Very few got what Kaufman was doing.


Kaufman was being an unfunny asshole. I think most people got that.
 
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2012-09-04 09:36:38 AM  
i'm guessing Dennis Miller will be sticking up for him too. seems likely.
 
2012-09-04 09:38:32 AM  

Tax Boy: In other news, Jackie Mason is still alive.


I second that thought.
 
2012-09-04 09:38:51 AM  
I'm definitely going to trust the judgment of a guy whose sole major film credit is Caddyshack 2.
 
2012-09-04 09:44:07 AM  

velvet_fog: I'm definitely going to trust the judgment of a guy whose sole major film credit is Caddyshack 2.


There was a minor bit in History of the World Part 1, as one of the jews being tortured by the Inquisition. (what a show!)
 
2012-09-04 10:01:38 AM  
Sounds like Jackie has turned into a fonzanoon.
 
2012-09-04 10:10:27 AM  
What? What's the big deal? He has a chair, he doesn't have a chair. Who am I, the king of the chairs, telling people who should talk to a chair and who shouldn't? You need to worry about the swivel chairs. There's a chair to worry about. One second you're sliding along the floor, next second *fart noise + hand gesture* you're on the ground. Make my day? You fall off a swivel chair you'll wish someone would make your day and call the hospital. Clint Eastwood. There's a man that knows chairs.
 
2012-09-04 10:17:27 AM  

Doctor_TeethMD: What? What's the big deal? He has a chair, he doesn't have a chair. Who am I, the king of the chairs, telling people who should talk to a chair and who shouldn't? You need to worry about the swivel chairs. There's a chair to worry about. One second you're sliding along the floor, next second *fart noise + hand gesture* you're on the ground. Make my day? You fall off a swivel chair you'll wish someone would make your day and call the hospital. Clint Eastwood. There's a man that knows chairs.


*applause* very well done.

/if only anyone here remembered that was Jackie's schtick...
//This also works really well when read in a Gilbert Gottfried voice. Try it.

sprawl15: mekkab: Very few got what Kaufman was doing.

Kaufman was being an unfunny asshole. I think most people got that.


*fist bump*
 
2012-09-04 10:24:27 AM  
I'm still of the mind that Clint was well paid for his appearance and was just saying "fark it, gonna wing it". I seriously cannot imagine he agrees with anything the radical right has slapped on the platform.
 
2012-09-04 10:27:45 AM  

bungle_jr: the highlighted part is in the current name of the show


cool, you watch it, too.


/Dana Snyder never gets old for me.

trotsky: I'm still of the mind that Clint was well paid for his appearance and was just saying "fark it, gonna wing it".


I'd buy that. There certainly were some specific details that had to be a little bit rehearsed, but that's just content. I think the form was very off the cuff.
 
2012-09-04 10:38:48 AM  

mekkab: Doctor_TeethMD: What? What's the big deal? He has a chair, he doesn't have a chair. Who am I, the king of the chairs, telling people who should talk to a chair and who shouldn't? You need to worry about the swivel chairs. There's a chair to worry about. One second you're sliding along the floor, next second *fart noise + hand gesture* you're on the ground. Make my day? You fall off a swivel chair you'll wish someone would make your day and call the hospital. Clint Eastwood. There's a man that knows chairs.

*applause* very well done.

/if only anyone here remembered that was Jackie's schtick...
//This also works really well when read in a Gilbert Gottfried voice. Try it.

sprawl15: mekkab: Very few got what Kaufman was doing.

Kaufman was being an unfunny asshole. I think most people got that.

*fist bump*


I heard Rodney Dangerfield myself.

mekkab: There certainly were some specific details that had to be a little bit rehearsed, but that's just content. I think the form was very off the cuff.


Good lord, I'd hope so. He's one of the most celebrated actors and directors in history. If that was well rehearsed, well then, I've just been proven right on my theory that anyone can act, and its just a matter of getting noticed.
 
2012-09-04 10:42:28 AM  
And the most memorable thing from Thursday night remains Eastwood's speech, not Romney's.
 
2012-09-04 10:43:04 AM  

Madbassist1: I heard Rodney Dangerfield myself.


...I'll go with that.

Good lord, I'd hope so.

Yeah, I totally agree.
 
2012-09-04 10:49:01 AM  

mekkab: bungle_jr: the highlighted part is in the current name of the show

cool, you watch it, too.


/Dana Snyder never gets old for me.


actually i haven't watched it since before it changed names the first time. no real reason other than i never seem to have cartoon network/adult swim on during the times the show is on, and i rarely watch things i have dvr'd so i haven't bothered doing that

but i do see the ads a lot
 
2012-09-04 10:54:17 AM  
Roger Ebert's take on it was pretty darn good.
 
2012-09-04 11:09:32 AM  

mekkab: Doctor_TeethMD: What? What's the big deal? He has a chair, he doesn't have a chair. Who am I, the king of the chairs, telling people who should talk to a chair and who shouldn't? You need to worry about the swivel chairs. There's a chair to worry about. One second you're sliding along the floor, next second *fart noise + hand gesture* you're on the ground. Make my day? You fall off a swivel chair you'll wish someone would make your day and call the hospital. Clint Eastwood. There's a man that knows chairs.

*applause* very well done.

/if only anyone here remembered that was Jackie's schtick...
//This also works really well when read in a Gilbert Gottfried voice. Try it.

sprawl15: mekkab: Very few got what Kaufman was doing.

Kaufman was being an unfunny asshole. I think most people got that.

*fist bump*


I read it in Morgan Freeman's voice.
 
2012-09-04 12:04:41 PM  

GameSprocket: Hell, Bill Maher gave Clint credit for working the room.


Yeah, he really won over that "Republican delegates attending the Republican National Convention" demographic. Obambi's toast in the swing states now.
 
2012-09-04 12:05:46 PM  

MisterLoki: If the goal was to help win the votes of Independents, not so much.


These Republican and Democratic conventions are not about winning independents. Never have been. They're about rallying the base. They're a load of pomp and circumstance for the faithful, no more, no less.
 
2012-09-04 12:06:34 PM  

Sgt Otter: Yeah, he really won over that "Republican delegates attending the Republican National Convention" demographic.


It was like in Rocky 4 when Rocky won over the stadium full of hostile Russians.
 
2012-09-04 12:08:58 PM  
Apparently Clint touched a nerve in Fark's liberal community.
 
2012-09-04 12:10:45 PM  

Quiefenburger: Apparently Clint touched a nerve in Fark's liberal community.


Yeah, the funny bone.
 
2012-09-04 12:20:17 PM  

shoegaze99: MisterLoki: If the goal was to help win the votes of Independents, not so much.

These Republican and Democratic conventions are not about winning independents. Never have been. They're about rallying the base. They're a load of pomp and circumstance for the faithful, no more, no less.


'tis but a walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more. It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury signifying nothing
 
2012-09-04 12:30:30 PM  
The real problem is that I'd rather vote for the chair than for either Romney or Obama, and the chair would do less harm to the nation.
 
2012-09-04 12:44:21 PM  

Sgt Otter: GameSprocket: Hell, Bill Maher gave Clint credit for working the room.

Yeah, he really won over that "Republican delegates attending the Republican National Convention" demographic. Obambi's toast in the swing states now.


Is that intended to be a non sequitur? Working the room is not the same as making any kind of actual political points. Bringing up that Obama lookalike and shoving a pie in his face would also be "working the room" and would be a big hit.
 
2012-09-04 01:03:08 PM  

GameSprocket: Sgt Otter: GameSprocket: Hell, Bill Maher gave Clint credit for working the room.

Yeah, he really won over that "Republican delegates attending the Republican National Convention" demographic. Obambi's toast in the swing states now.

Is that intended to be a non sequitur? Working the room is not the same as making any kind of actual political points. Bringing up that Obama lookalike and shoving a pie in his face would also be "working the room" and would be a big hit.


"Working the room" is only a good thing if nobody outside of that room ever sees it. It would have been fine for a private, invitation only reception for the RNC delegates.

To undecided swing voters, they saw Eastwood yelling at a time-traveling empty chair for invading Afghanistan.
 
2012-09-04 01:09:09 PM  
Just so we're clear on this, it was not Clint's empty chair -- it was Obama's

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an empty chair like all his empty promises.
 
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