Scott Eastwood Has His Sights Set on Directing Like His Father, Clint

Scott Eastwood and his father Clint Eastwood sat down in their first joint, no-holds-barred interview for Esquire magazine’s September issue.

The father-son pair was photographed by Terry Richardson for the featured interview that precedes their head-to-head month at the box office when their respective films, Sully and Snowden, are released in theaters nationwide. Clint gets political from the outright by calling the current political landscape “a pussy generation.”

“Everybody’s walking on eggshells,” says Clint. “We see people accusing people of being racist and all kinds of stuff. When I grew up, those things weren’t called racist.”

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CREDIT: Terry Richardson for Esquire

He also addresses his famous empty chair address to President Barack Obama from the 2012 Republican National Convention.

“It was silly at the time, but I was standing backstage and I’m hearing everybody say the same thing: ‘Oh, this guy’s a great guy.’ Great, [Obama]’s a great guy. I’ve got to say something more. And so I’m listening to an old Neil Diamond thing and he’s going, ‘And no one heard at all/Not even the chair,” recalls Eastwood. “And I’m thinking, That’s Obama. He doesn’t go to work. He doesn’t go down to Congress and make a deal. What the hell’s he doing sitting in the White House? If I were in that job, I’d get down there and make a deal. Sure, Congress are lazy bastards, but so what? You’re the top guy. You’re the president of the company. It’s your responsibility to make sure everybody does well.”

His 30-year-old son Scott, who also stars in the upcoming film Suicide Squad, says that he learned his moral values from his father.

“My father’s definitely old-school,” says Scott. “And he raised me with integrity—to be places on time, show up and work hard.”

He also reveals that he has “desire to go to the other side” of the camera in broadening his career as a director like his father.

As it turns out, Clint is not the greatest beacon of dating advice despite his sex symbol status as a young actor.

“I don’t have any great pickup lines. I was never an extrovert, so I always had to have someone meet me halfway,” said Clint. “If she was interested, we’d come together, and if not…When I became a movie actor and became well-known, it took care of itself. Maybe that’s why I became an actor.”

Read the interview in its entirety over on Esquire, and pick up a hard copy of the magazine when it hits newsstands on Tuesday, Aug. 9.

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CREDIT: Terry Richardson for Esquire