Clint Eastwood Has Gone From Late-Bloomer to Old Crank

The 79-year-old railed against "teenage twits"

Tuesday, Nov 17, 2009  |  Updated 11:52 AM CDT
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Clint Eastwood has morphed into a curmudgeonly old-timer: He thinks the world is made up of good-for-nothing "teenage twits" and isn't even interested in chasing women anymore. Really.

The 79-year-old actor was praised by GQ in its December issue for being the "patron saint of late bloomers" but Eastwood ended up sounding more like the get-off-my-lawn, crusty war vet character in "Gran Torino" than the slick, womanizing rebel he played in those spaghetti westerns of yesteryear. For shame. We half-expected him to start complaining about the draft in the room or maybe how kids these days aren't much of anything. Oh, wait. He did:

"It's just ... everybody's so screwed up. It seems like our country's in kind of a morbid mood, because of the recession or whatever. ... [We're] becoming more juvenile as a nation. The guys who won World War II and that whole generation have disappeared, and now we have a bunch of teenage twits."

Whoa, slow down, grandpa. The venerated actor even confesses he doesn't "find meaning" in pursuing skirts anymore.

"I never thought I'd get there, but I did. It feels good," Eastwood said about being monogamous.

He just meditates and watches his saturated fat intake. Literally. That's what he's been doing. Sadly, that's not even a euphemism.

Straight Take: GQ

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