clint eastwood & empty chair*Clint Eastwood is speaking out about his controversial appearance at the Republican National Convention where he had a conversation with an empty chair meant to be President Obama.

The legendary actor/director says he told Romney’s camp they couldn’t vet him before hand. Which meant they had no idea what he was going  to do or say.

As it turns out,  Mitt Romney thought it was a hoot, says Eastwood.

“They really seemed to be enjoying themselves,” Eastwood told his local paper, the Carmel Pine Cone, about Romney and vp candidate Paul Ryan’s reaction following the end of his speech. Last week, Stuart Stevens, a Romney spokesman, backed that up, saying, “I was backstage with him, and he was laughing, and he enjoyed it.”

And the fact that his talk was ad-libbed wasn’t an exaggeration by a panicked campaign: Eastwood wouldn’t have had it any other way.

“They vet most of the people, but I told them, ‘You can’t do that with me, because I don’t know what I’m going to say,’ ” Eastwood says he told the convention organizers.

“There was a stool there, and some fella kept asking me if I wanted to sit down,” he told the paper. “When I saw the stool sitting there, it gave me the idea. I’ll just put the stool out there and I’ll talk to Mr. Obama and ask him why he didn’t keep all of the promises he made to everybody.”

Additionally Eastwood told the newspaper that Obama is a “hoax.”

“President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people,” Eastwood said in the interview. “Romney and Ryan would do a much better job running the country, and that’s what everybody needs to know. I may have irritated a lot of the lefties, but I was aiming for people in the middle.”

Read/learn more at The Hollywood Reporter.