In an apparent effort to garner publicity, Michael Moore continues to make provocative statements about “American Sniper,” the film that has captured moviegoers’ attention and consequently taken the box office by storm.
The concoctor of controversy now appears to be trying to elicit sympathy from the public for something that “American Sniper” director Clint Eastwood said in a speech made ten years ago. Moore recently posted a lengthy rant on his Facebook page in which he further disparaged Eastwood’s latest film. He continued with a veiled attack on another of the acclaimed director’s movies, “Gran Torino,” and to further damage Eastwood’s reputation by lifting out of context a decade-old remark made by Eastwood, strewing it among the weeds of loaded language.
In January of 2005, when Moore’s career was significantly more pronounced than now, both Moore and Eastwood were being feted at a National Board of Review dinner for their respective movies, “Fahrenheit 911” and “Million Dollar Baby” (which incidentally earned multiple Oscars). While accepting the National Board of Review award, Eastwood appeared to take on the persona of one of his larger-than-life onscreen characters.
“Michael Moore and I actually have a lot in common — we both appreciate living in a country where there’s free expression,” Eastwood said. He then put out the following warning to Moore, “But, Michael, if you ever show up at my front door with a camera — I’ll kill you.” In his Facebook post, Moore recalled that immediately following Eastwood’s remark most of the audience at the event looked to see what his reaction was.
“I tried to keep that fake smile on my face so as to appear as if he hadn’t ‘gotten’ to me,” Moore said, adding, “But he [Eastwood] had.” Clearly, the remark still haunts him. Eastwood had been alluding to the reprehensible ambush interview that Moore had conducted in 2002 with Charlton Heston. Moore insidiously included the interview segment in his movie, “Bowling for Columbine.”