Looks like the next Bridges of Madison County reunion will feature a little debate. The political views of Clint Eastwood, who directed Meryl Streep toward an Oscar nomination for her work on the 1995 drama, are apparently rubbing his former leading lady the wrong way — enough that she vowed to “correct” the way the 86-year old views the upcoming presidential race.
Speaking to Variety about her Democratic National Convention address, in which she gave a rousing endorsement of Hillary Clinton, Streep said, despite her knowledge of Eastwood’s conservative tastes, his recent comments against the Democratic presidential nominee didn’t sit well with her.
“I didn’t know that,” she told the publication after learning Eastwood intends to vote for Republican nominee Donald Trump. “I’ll have to speak to him. I’ll have to correct that! I’m shocked. I really am. Because he’s more — I would have thought he would be more sensitive than that.”
During an interview with Esquire, published last week, Eastwood revealed he didn’t particularly care for either candidate, though his disdain for Barack Obama prompted him to side with Trump.
“He’s said a lot of dumb things… So have all of them,” Eastwood said of Trump and his inflammatory and oft-criticized rhetoric. “Both sides. But everybody — the press and everybody’s going, ‘Oh, well, that’s racist,’ and they’re making a big hoodoo out of it. Just f—ing get over it. It’s a sad time in history. I’d have to go for Trump … you know, ’cause [Hillary has] declared that she’s gonna follow in [President Barack] Obama’s footsteps. There’s been just too much funny business on both sides of the aisle.”
Eastwood previously criticized Obama at the 2012 Republican National Convention, scolding an empty chair as if the president were sitting in it. “Mr. President, how do you handle the promises that you made?” Eastwood asked the inanimate object. “You don’t know? OK. What do you mean, ‘Shut up?’ … You’re absolutely crazy… I’m not gonna shut up, it’s my turn.”
Streep, who played Trump in a fat suit and orangeface during a satirical live performance in New York City in June, said she has faith in the American people’s judgment, and expects a majority of voters to head to the polls with a pragmatic attitude in tow.
“We have a lot of work to do,” Streep admitted to Variety. “If you’re an actor and all you do, all you’re interested in, are people and their contradictions and their possibilities, good and bad, you can feel what they say about appealing to the angels of our better nature. I think there is a reckoning. People will go — or their wives will go — ‘You know what? This is crazy. It’s too tricky. We’re not going to gamble with our children’s future.’”