That’s when Eastwood famously spoke to an empty chair, in which the actor went well over his alloted time and left most of the audience baffled. Romney’s senior strategist, Stuart Stevens, was backstage with Romney watching Eastwood, and while the Republican nominee “seemed to think it was funny — at least at first,” the authors write, Stevens was so upset by the “disaster occurring on stage” that he “excused himself, went into another room and vomited.”And what prompted the chair skit?
In his hotel, Eastwood was listening to an oldies station and heard Neil Diamond’s “I Am…I Said,” which features a line about talking to a chair, the authors write. Just before making his entrance on stage, Eastwood asked a stage hand to put a stool on stage to the left of the podium.If you care to relive that surreal moment, once again, Clint Eastwood:
The result was a mixture of standup and surrealism, and while Eastwood recovered somewhat by the end of his speech, campaign aides were fuming. Eastwood later said, “If somebody’s dumb enough to ask me to say something, they’re gonna have to take what they can get.”