Clint Eastwood's Speech: Good, Bad or Ugly?

Actor's life off-screen takes him to the political stage.
3:00 | 08/31/12

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Actor, director, producer, even composer, that's just part of the resume of clint eastwood. Last night he step on to a different stage for a performance that was not set in the wild west but the modern arena of politics. Abc's nick watt to tell us about the complex man behind the ic iconic image. Reporter: The master of quiet celluloid understatement. Went off life and half-cocked. What do you say to people? I know people -- people are wondering -- Reporter: Some pained applause in the room and on the internet, "eastwooding" was born. That's venting anger at an empty chair. What do you mean shut up? Reporter: "The simpsons" foretold this, tweeted one reporter. Most made fun, but donald trump loved it. He was terrific! 'Bout time this town had a new sheriff. Reporter: America's gunslinger in chief has seven kids by five different women. Now married to dina, 35 years his junior, who had her own reality show. Best we can tell he's a pro-choice, pro-gay marriage, anti-war self-described quiet conservative, who now wants a change. When somebody does not do the job, we got to let them go. Reporter: Eastwood was once the republican mayor of carmel. And briefly considered as bush 41's running mate when the '88 campaign was faltering. But last night, dirty harry backfired. Although, he ended on safer ground. I'll start it. You finish it. Go ahead -- make my day! Reporter: But, did he make mitt's day? Nick watt, abc news, los angeles.

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