Clint Eastwood and Tim Allen have a lot more in common lately than it would first appear. Of course obviously, Clint and Tim are both powerfully masculine icons.
Clint Eastwood has always been the iconic symbol of tough masculinity. As a western movie star, it came naturally for Mr. Eastwood and later in the Dirty Harry movies those same powerfully macho mannerisms paid off for Clint.
Tim Allen when he was the star of a previous series Tool Time, had the catchphrase “more power.” In Allen’s earlier comedy series, Tim Taylor was always tinkering with everything from lawn mowers to kitchen appliances to make them more powerful, and since it was a comedy series, Tim Allen’s character always managed to make them hilariously fail. It was all typical man stuff.
Clint Eastwood has been a cowboy, a cop, and a secret service agent in movies. He always portrays a very masculine image.
Tim Allen’s hit series Last Man Standing was recently canceled by ABC despite high ratings. Tim Allen’s fans feel it was probably due to Tim’s expressing politically incorrect and conservative views. The network insisted it was because ABC wanted fantasy, not comedy on Friday nights according to Deadline.
Now Clint Eastwood, in a recent speech at Cannes, mentioned both the loss of humor and his own annoyance with political correctness. These are two of the possible reasons why Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing was allegedly canceled. Is it a coincidence?
Is Tim Allen being defended by the 86 year old actor, director, and producer?
Clint Eastwood never mentioned Tim Allen or Last Man Standing, but he certainly mentioned both of the issues that allegedly brought down ABC’s third ranking scripted show, the Last Man Standing.
Clint Eastwood contends that politically correct ideas are nothing new. Mr. Eastwood remembers the issue from 1971. Clint Eastwood is quoted in The Hollywood Reporter.
“It was far-out at that time, so I brought it to [director] Don [Siegel], and he liked it, A lot of people thought it was politically incorrect. That was at the beginning of the era that we’re in now with political correctness. We are killing ourselves, we’ve lost our sense of humor. But I thought it was interesting and it was daring.”
Tim Allen and Clint Eastwood certainly do seem to be on the same page. Those are Tim Allen’s problems precisely. Allen tried to be daring, as Clint did back in 1971 and he was, with his comedy sketches, but then the Last Man Standing got canceled.
Clint Eastwood recalls the reaction to Dirty Harry quite clearly. Dirty Harry was controversial, but the people living in those times never imagined the fledgling concept would get so far out of hand, or that PC would endure nearly half a century.
The 1970s were anything but politically correct and comedy flourished for at least another decade, largely unhindered by such concerns. Then suddenly, comedians were being banned, shunned, and at the very least censored.
Tim Allen and Clint Eastwood would both likely remember that in 1990 the politically correct “powers that be” destroyed the career of Andrew Dice Clay. Clay was a comedian that Richard Prior once said was the best comic he had seen since himself. See this Inquisitr article for more on Andrew Dice Clay.
Clint Eastwood lived before and since political correctness. Mr. Eastwood knows the impact it made on comedy, westerns, and violent crime dramas like Clint’s portrayal of Dirty Harry.
Tim Allen also knows from personal experience how risky comedy has gotten since the 1990s. Mr. Allen took a serious risk, but perhaps it will pay off for Tim Allen. It seems that Fox may take the Last Man Standing aboard their network if negotiations pan out.
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Clint Eastwood at least doesn’t have to worry about being fired. Mr. Eastwood is directing and co-producing a new movie The 15:17 to Paris. Clint Eastwood also hopes to act again someday, according to The Sun. So does Tim Allen.
Clint Eastwood and Tim Allen are pushing back against censorship limits on entertainment.
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