Clint Eastwood has made Mitt Romney's day by urging Americans to join him in supporting the Republican White House challenger in a TV ad against US President Barack Obama.
In a wide-ranging conversation on Saturday about the art of film directing, Eastwood expressed admiration for the 104-year-old Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira.
"It would be great to be 105 and still making films," Eastwood said. Chuckling, he called such a hope "the ultimate optimism".
Eastwood last directed 2011's J Edgar, a biopic of the FBI head J Edgar Hoover. After acting in last year's baseball drama Trouble With the Curve, he has several films in development.
The Million Dollar Baby and Unforgiven director joined fellow filmmaker Darren Aronofsky for a staged talk at the Tribeca Film Festival following a screening of Richard Schickel's documentary Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story.
Eastwood regaled the Tribeca Performing Arts Center crowd with the accrued, pragmatic wisdom from his late career as an acclaimed filmmaker.
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