The “Dirty Harry” star and Oscar-winning director of “Unforgiven” and “Million Dollar Baby” endorsed the Republican presidential candidate Friday night during a Sun Valley fundraiser, reports The Huff Post.
Eastwood attended a Romney fundraiser in Sun Valley, Idaho, said to have raised over $2m.
“I think the country needs a boost,” Eastwood said as he joined other Romney supporters for the private campaign event.
After an introduction from Mitt Romney, Eastwood spoke to about 325 guests gathered for the Idaho fundraiser.
Acording to BBC, Eastwood said he first saw Romney when he was running for governor of Massachusetts, and Eastwood was directing the film Mystic River in Boston.
Eastwood said he thought: “God, this guy, he’s too handsome to be governor. But it does look like he could be president.”
“Now more than ever do we need Gov. Romney. I’m going to be voting for him,” Eastwood told Romney supporters Friday night.
Eastwood, 82, also said he hoped Romney would restore “a decent tax system that we need badly … so that there’s a fairness and people are not pitted against one another as who’s paying taxes and who isn’t.”
“He just made my day,” Romney said of Eastwood’s endorsement. “What a guy.”
In February Eastwood starred in a Chrysler Superbowl advert, Halftime in America, sparking debate over whether he backed President Barack Obama.
At the time, Clint Eastwood had said he was not endorsing either candidate and, speaking to Fox News, said he was “certainly not politically affiliated with Mr Obama”.
Some saw the “halftime in America” ad he made for the Super Bowl as a nod toward President Barack Obama.
“It was meant to be a message about just about job growth and the spirit of America,” Eastwood said in February of the Super Bowl advert.
“I think all politicians will agree with it. I thought the spirit was OK. I am not supporting any candidate at this time.”
The actor and director instantly became Romney highest-profile celebrity supporter. However, a campaign spokesman could not immediately say whether Eastwood would play an active role in the campaign.
Romney has also earned the endorsement of Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight and rock star Kid Rock.