Clint Eastwood isn't backing off President Obama.

Eastwood recently told a California newspaper that quote- "President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people."

The interview marks the 82-year-old actor's first public statements since his rambling remarks at last week's Republican National Convention.

He also told the Carmel Pine Cone newspaper that Mitt Romney's campaign wasn't able to approve his speech, since he wasn't sure what he was going to say until he walked out on stage.

He says he came up with the idea to talk to the empty chair at the last minute.