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Clint Eastwood: 'I Love Cain's Story'

By James Hirsen   |   Tuesday, 08 Nov 2011 02:15 PM

Clint Eastwood has been talking to the press about his latest film, “J. Edgar,” which is a biopic on one of the most well known FBI heads in history, J. Edgar Hoover.

In a recent interview with Patrick Goldstein of the Los Angeles Times, Eastwood gave his take on the current field of GOP presidential candidates.

The Herman Cain camp can apparently count “Dirty Harry” as a fan of the presidential hopeful.

Out of those who are currently running for the Republican nomination, the only presidential candidate that Eastwood evidently has enthusiasm for is Cain.

“I love Cain’s story,” the actor-director said. “He’s a guy who came from nowhere and did well, obviously against heavy odds. He’s a doer and a straight-talker, which I don’t see enough of from either party.”

Eastwood recalled a time in 2002 when he was in Massachusetts shooting “Mystic River” at the same time Mitt Romney was running for governor.

“I saw a lot of him and you have to admit — he looks like a president,” Eastwood said with just a hint of sarcasm. “I mean, if you were casting a movie where you needed someone to play president, you’d definitely pick him.”

Rick Perry was brought up in the interview with a suggestion that the Texas governor would probably relish a photo op with the legendary Eastwood.

The actor-director was self-deprecating. “If he wanted to meet me, he might be a little disappointed,” Eastwood said.

The filmmaker’s business philosophy is unambiguous, rugged individualism, which is consistent with his onscreen persona.

“I’ve had to make films for less money or go out and find my own money. On ‘Mystic River,’ I had to cut my salary and everyone else’s to get it made,” he explained.

“I know the score. If I start to grind out two or three turkeys, I’ll be unemployed, just like anyone else.”

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