Seeing as Clint Eastwood and Leonardo DiCaprio have been involved in politics for the majority of their lives, it’s no surprise that when they sat down with GQ to promote their upcoming movie, J. Edgar, the conversation shifted and began to focus on gay marriage. The two icons bonded over their disgust over people who spend their lives trying to get gay marriage banned, and DiCaprio specifically said, “That’s the most infuriating thing –watching people focus on these things. Meanwhile, there’s an onset of global warming and these incredibly scary and menacing things with the future of our economy and our relationship to the rest of the world. And we’re focusing on this?” Eastwood expounded further on the subject, saying “These people who are making a big deal about gay marriage? I don’t give a f**k about who wants to get married to anybody else! Why not!? We’re making a big deal out of things we shouldn’t be making a big deal about of. Just give everybody the chance to have the life they want.”
DiCaprio’s remarks are not entirely surprising because he’s always aligned himself with Democratic beliefs. In 2004, he campaigned for John Kerry, and then in 2008, he pledged $2,300 towards Obama’s campaign. Additionally, he’s devoted a good portion of his life towards making environmental activism a mainstream culture of today’s society and continuously makes speeches about the dangers of global warming. Eastwood’s open support for gay marriage is a little more interesting, however, because he was (at one point in time) a registered Republican. In 1952, he voted for Eisenhower, and then in 1968 and 1972, he voted for Nixon. But after that, his views shifted a bit and in a 1997 interview with Playboy Magazine (that has since been taken offline, but is used as a source on Eastwood’s Wikipedia page), he stated that he was a libertarian and that he was pro-choice. In more recent years, he’s even voted for a few Democrats: in 2002, he voted for Representative Sam Farr and in 2003, he voted for Governor Gray Davis. And even though Eastwood “doesn’t give a f**k about who wants to get married to anybody else,” it’s nice to know that statement still translates to him being for equal rights.