Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman: Friends in Film, Rivals in Political Ads

Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 03:14 PM


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Morgan Freeman, with the two "Unforgiven" stars recording dueling narrations in ads aimed at presidential election voters.

Eastwood's wizened vocals are currently injecting a healthy dose of machismo into a new spot for Mitt Romney, which is running in swing states like Colorado, Virginia and Ohio. It's backed by the pro-Romney superpac American Crossroads.

That Eastwood is going to bat for the GOP standard bearer is not much of a surprise given his Rococo rant at an empty chair during this year's Republican National Convention.

"Obama's second term would be a rerun of the first and our country just couldn't survive that," Eastwood, sans chair, warns. "We need someone who can turn it around fast and that man is Mitt Romney. There's not much time left - the future of our country is at stake."

On the opposite side of the aisle, Freeman is bringing the gravitas to an ad touting President Obama's accomplishments. The spot, from the Obama campaign, emphasizes that things are getting better even though the economy is still shaky. It began airing this month

"Every president inherits challenges," Freeman intones. "Few have faced so many. Four years later, our enemies have been brought to justice, our heroes are coming home, assembly lines are humming again. There are still challenges to meet: children to educate, a middle class to rebuild. But the last thing we should do is turn back now."

What do you think? Who did a better job of talking up their candidate? More important, will this political division prevent a "Million Dollar Baby" sequel from happening?

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