When Clint Eastwood Threatened To Kill Michael Moore (VIDEO)

It’s not surprising to hear that Michael Moore and Clint Eastwood don’t exactly see eye to eye, but you might be surprised to know that, at least according to Moore, it goes beyond professional resentment and right into life threatening hatred.

Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

On a Facebook post on Thursday, Moore posted that 10 years ago, Eastwood threatened to shoot the documentary film maker:

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.”

 

For all who say that Moore tends to, shall we say, exaggerate, there were witnesses. The Washington Examiner wrote about that very exchange. Snopes also rates it as true.

Michael Moore does tend to bring out the ire in the political right, especially the gun-loving political right. Ted Nugent once threatened to “sock (Moore) in the throat.”

Just last week, Sarah Palin posed with a poster that said “F*ck You Michael Moore” with crosshairs in the O’s. Glenn Beck also threatened to kill him.

He is sort of used to it, though. Here’s an interview from 2011 with Piers Morgan: