Moore took to Facebook on Thursday to confirm that Eastwood had, in fact, threatened to shoot him after Salon accurately recounted the story this week in an article about Eastwood’s new film American Sniper.
“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,” Moore wrote.
“I’ll kill you,” Moore says Eastwood claimed, and when Moore laughed nervously in response, he writes, Eastwood repeated the threat. “‘I mean it,’ he barked, and the audience grew more quiet. ‘I’ll shoot you.'”
Read Moore’s full statement below.
Moore has been vocal about his disapproval of American Sniper. He took to Twitter to share his distaste at glorifying snipers.
My uncle killed by sniper in WW2. We were taught snipers were cowards. Will shoot u in the back. Snipers aren't heroes. And invaders r worse
Oh, and Iraqis are called "savages" throughout the film.
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) January 19, 2015
In his Facebook post, Moore further questions Eastwood’s film and the director’s mental state, saying he’s a fan of the filmmaker’s work “but something started to go haywire with Clint in the last decade.”
Moore refers to American Sniper as “a mess of a film that rewrites history (we invade Iraq as revenge for 9/11), perpetuates a racist sentiment to Arabs (Iraqis are ‘savages’), has a simplistic Hollywood storyline of the good sniper in white vs. the bad sniper in black, and (in a rare moment of honesty) shows the main characters in the film, the American soldiers, either returning home all messed up by the war (and with some of them turning anti-war) or in a box.”
American Sniper is nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards this year and has five other Oscar nominations.
Eastwood has yet to comment on the controversy.