For the first time since delivering a one-of-a-kind address at last week's Republican National Convention, Clint Eastwood is speaking out about it. He said in an interview published Friday that his choice of words was spontaneous, and the motivation to use an empty chair to play the part of President Obama struck him only minutes before he took the stage in Tampa.

“There was a stool there, and some fella kept asking me if I wanted to sit down,” Eastwood told the Carmel Pine Cone. “When I saw the stool sitting there, it gave me the idea. I’ll just put the stool out there and I’ll talk to Mr. Obama and ask him why he didn’t keep all of the promises he made to everybody.”