Actor Clint Eastwood gestures while speaking to delegates during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Clint Eastwood whipped up the crowd at the Republican National Convention ahead of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's acceptance speech.

The iconic star of "Dirty Harry" and the Oscar-winning director of "Unforgiven" and "Million Dollar Baby," Eastwood criticized President Barack Obama for failing to turn the economy around and for wanting to close the Guantanamo Bay prison for terror suspects.

Eastwood says Obama has failed to deliver on his promises and it's time for Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan, to take over.

He entertained the audience with a mock interview with Obama, posing questions and pretending that Obama had told Eastwood to shut up.

Eastwood endorsed Romney earlier this month at a campaign event in Sun Valley, Idaho.

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