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Clint Eastwood’s tete-a-tete with a chair at the Republican National Convention seems a distant memory now that the 2012 election is a wrap, but at BAFTA’s Brittania Awards in Los Angeles last night Daniel Day-Lewis sat invisible Obama down for an encore of sorts.  Gesturing to an empty chair of his own, Day-Lewis, who received the Stanley Kubrick Award for Excellence in Acting from his Lincoln director Stephen Spielberg, said:

I have to say that I’m so extremely grateful and glad that — taking time out of his very busy schedule, the recently re-elected President of this country has made it here. I know as an Englishman, it’s absolutely none of my business, but I’m so very grateful it was you.

But his Rupert Murdoch zinger was even better:

I’m looking around at this room of distinguished guests and I feel slightly like the odd man out because I think I’m maybe the only British subject not to have had my phone hacked. It’s probably some sort of testament to the uneventful life that I lead. I don’t know where Rupert’s boys were when I staggered out of the S&M bar at five in the morning on old Kent road with a saddle strapped to my back and a Mussolini costume under it.

Can I get a cymbal crash?

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Cynthia Hawkins TNB Arts and Culture Editor CYNTHIA HAWKINS teaches creative writing at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Most of what she thinks she knows comes from movies, including how to tango, how to take someone down with a ballpoint pen, how to curse in French, and how to catch a moving train. Her work, on movies and otherwise, has appeared in literary journals and magazines such as ESPN the Magazine, Parent:Wise Magazine, The Good Men Project, New World Writing, Strange Horizons, and numerous alternative weeklies and anthologies. You can find Cynthia on Twitter and at cynthiahawkins.net.

One Response to “Look Who’s Eastwooding Now”

  1. Art Edwards says:

    “I don’t know where Rupert’s boys were when I staggered out of the S&M bar at five in the morning on old Kent road with a saddle strapped to my back and a Mussolini costume under it.”

    Yes!

    We’re all relieved, Daniel.

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