Whether it concerns his films or not, Clint Eastwood is used to skirmishes. His repeated roles in westerns along with his productions depicting bellicose characters have both contributed to the forging of a decidedly conservative image. Between his political stances, his support for the NRA (National Rifle Association) and his patriotic films, the director frequently causes a stir. While his later years (he is now 90) have been slightly more nuanced, Clint Eastwood is a more ambiguous character than we might think. We look back at five of the controversies that have marked his career.
1. His role as a sadistic cop in Dirty Harry by Don Siegel (1971)