LOS ANGELES — Clint Eastwood said the idea to use an empty seat as a prop at the Republican National Convention was a spur-of-the-moment decision when someone backstage asked if he wanted to sit down.
In his first interview since his Aug. 30 appearance at the convention to pledge support for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Eastwood told the Carmel Pine Cone, his hometown newspaper in Carmel, Calif., that his speech was not only unscripted, it was pretty much spontaneous.
"There was a stool there, and some fella kept asking me if I wanted to sit down," Eastwood, 82, told the weekly newspaper in the small California city where he once was mayor. "When I saw the stool sitting there, it gave me the idea. I'll just put the stool out there and I'll talk to Mr. Obama and ask him why he didn't keep all of the promises he made to everybody."
Eastwood's peculiar, sometimes rambling conversation with an imaginary President Barack Obama in an empty chair set the blogosphere and social media ablaze.
Romney's campaign aides had wanted details about what Eastwood planned to say. "They vet most of the people, but I told them, 'You can't do that with me, because I don't know what I'm going to say,' " Eastwood said in the interview, which was conducted Tuesday but not published until Friday.