Clint Eastwood: The Term ‘Hero’ Has Been Ruined By PC Culture

Katie Jerkovich | Contributor

Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks both agree that the term “hero” has been ruined by political correctness.

During an interview to promote his latest directorial hit “Sully: Miracle on the Hudson,” the 86-year-old actor called out the PC world for ruining the idea of what makes a person a true hero, The Mirror reported on Monday. The movie is about a pilot who safely landed a passenger plan on New York’s Hudson river in 2009, saving all 155 passengers. (RELATED: Clint Eastwood On Hillary Clinton: ‘It’s A Tough Voice To Listen To For Four Years’)

Clint Eastwood

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“It’s certainly different to when I grew up,” Eastwood said. “It’s all in this sort of politically correct thing where everyone has to win a prize. All the little boys in the class have to go home with a first place trophy.” (RELATED: Red Hot Chili Peppers Hit Back At Eastwood ‘P***y’ Comment)

“The use of the word ‘hero’ is a little bit overdone but I don’t think so in Sully’s case,” he added. “He went extra and beyond what was expected.”

Hanks agreed that the term hero has been “ridiculously overused.”

Actor Tom Hanks speaks while standing amid the audience at the 8th Annual Governors Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., November 12, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

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“The textbook definition of a hero is someone who voluntarily puts themselves in harm’s way for the betterment of others,” Hanks said. “That happens on occasion and it is a ridiculously overused word because it’s a shorthand for accomplishment. Not all accomplishments are heroic accomplishments.”

“Sometimes it’s just people doing the right thing and you don’t necessarily deserve kudos for doing the right thing, ” he added. “Heroism is rare as lightning storms.”

The movie comes out in the U.K. on December 2.

Katie Jerkovich



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