Michael Moore has said a lot of dumb things lately. He called snipers cowards, and criticized the Clint Eastwood-directed film “American Sniper” that is based on Chris Kyle’s life.
He’s now alleging that Clint Eastwood once threatened to shoot and kill him if he ever came to his house, which made Moore “anxious.”
Moore addressed the story on his Facebook page:
A lot of people are asking me if this is true as this ‘rumor’ about Clint Eastwood confronting me in 2005 has now re-surfaced and floated around the internet in the past few days. So I thought I should say a few words…
Ten years ago this past week, Clint Eastwood stood in front of the National Board of Review awards dinner and announced to me and to the crowd that he would ‘kill’ me if I ever came to his house with my camera for an interview.
‘I’ll kill you,’ he declared.
The crowd laughed nervously. As for me, having just experienced a half-dozen assaults in the previous year from crazies upset at Fahrenheit 9/11 and my anti-war Oscar speech, plus the attempt by a right wing extremist to blow up my house (he was caught in time and went to prison), I was a bit stunned to hear Eastwood, out of the blue, make such a violent statement. But I instantly decided he was just trying to be funny, so I laughed the same nervous laugh everyone else did. Clint, though, didn’t seem to like all that laughter.
‘I mean it,’ he barked, and the audience grew more quiet. ‘I’ll shoot you.’
There was a smattering of approving applause, but most just turned around to see what my reaction was. I tried to keep that fake smile on my face so as to appear as if he hadn’t “gotten” to me. But he had. I then mumbled to those sitting at my table. ‘I think Dirty Harry just said, ‘Make my day, punk.'”
In the same post, Moore praised other Eastwood films but called “American Sniper” a “mess of a film” that perpetuates racist Arab sentiment. (RELATED: Michael Moore BANNED From Steakhouse)