SUN VALLEY, Idaho â" Clint Eastwood just made Mitt Romneyâs day.
The âDirty Harryâ star and Oscar-winning director of âUnforgivenâ and âMillion Dollar Babyâ endorsed the Republican presidential candidate Friday night during a Sun Valley fundraiser.
âI think the country needs a boost,â Eastwood told The Associated Press as he joined other Romney supporters for the private campaign event.
In February, Eastwood told Fox News that he wasnât supporting any politician at that time. Some saw the âhalftime in Americaâ ad he made for the Super Bowl as a nod toward President Barack Obama. Eastwood responded then by saying he was not âpolitically affiliatedâ with the president.
âNow more than ever do we need Gov. Romney. Iâm going to be voting for him,â Eastwood told Romney supporters Friday night.
âHe just made my day,â Romney said. âWhat a guy.â
Standing at Romneyâs side, Eastwood said he was filming âMystic Riverâ in Massachusetts almost a decade ago when he first saw political advertisements featuring Romney, who was running for governor at the time.
âI said, God, this guy, heâs too handsome to be governor, but he does look like he could be president,â Eastwood joked. âAs the years have gone by I began to think even more so about that.â
Eastwood, 82, said he hoped Romney would restore âa decent tax system that we need badly â¦ so that thereâs a fairness and people are not pitted against one another as whoâs paying taxes and who isnât.â
The actor and director instantly became Romney highest-profile celebrity supporter. Romney has also earned the endorsement of Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight and rock star Kid Rock.
A campaign spokesman could not immediately say whether Eastwood would play an active role in the campaign.
About 325 people paid as much as $25,000 apiece to attend the event. Eastwood is a part-time resident of Sun Valley.