French film maker Françios Truffaut once said that there’s “no such thing as an anti-war film.” The common interpretation of this is that there it’s impossible to make a film that’s anti-war, because the mere act of showing it glorifies it. I personally think Truffaut was at least half right; you can’t make an anti-war film from the perspective of the soldiers involved. Clint Eastwood, however, thinks otherwise. According him, the film American Sniper was “the biggest antiwar statement any film” could make.
Eastwood’s been hammered left and center for his film about the sociopathic sniper who referred to Iraqis as “savages.” And while Eastwood defended his film up to this point, he may be changing how he feels in regards to the movie. He’s previously defended it as an “antiwar statement” because it shows what war “does to the family and the people who have to go back into civilian life like Chris Kyle did.”
Both Bill Maher and Michael Moore hit back; after Maher accused Eastwood of getting “Vietnam and Iraq confused in his storytelling” and noting that the film was nothing but the story of a “psychopath patriot,” a TMZ reporter caught up with Eastwood to get his reaction.
And that reaction?
A short, sweet, to-the-point “they’re right,” before slamming his door and driving away.
Huh. Who would’ve thought — the same Clint Eastwood who gave a rambling speech at CPAC addressing a chair he confused for President Obama agreeing with Bill Maher and Michael Moore.
Or maybe he just said that to get the reporter out of his face. Still, stranger things have happened.
Watch the TMZ video below: