Clint Eastwood has officially become an old coot. Maybe it happened before, but this takes away any lingering doubt. Lamenting for the good old days, he says the following during some interview as reported on imdb.com:
Clint Eastwood sorely misses his tough youth, insisting America has gone soft since. The 78-year-old actor claims life was simpler and easier in his upbringing during the depression – when problems were solved using fists rather than a therapist’s couch. Eastwood tells the January edition of Esquire magazine, “Everyone’s become used to saying, ‘Well, how do we handle it psychologically?’ In those days you punched the bully back and duked it out. People were tougher then. I was a shy kid. But a lot of my childhood was spent punching the bullies out.”
So, apparently things were better when people physically assaulted each other over insignificant disagreements and didn’t seek treatment for mental health issues. Ah, the good old days indeed. I think tonight, to rekindle some old-timey goodness, I’ll punch a friend in the back of the head because I didn’t like the way they looked at me and then we’ll settle our differences with a 40 of whiskey.