Cantor: 'It'd be awesome' for Eastwood to say 'make my day' in RNC speech

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) wouldn't mind if Clint Eastwood quoted a famous line from the movie "Sudden Impact" in the actor's Thursday night Republican National Convention speech.

"It'd be awesome if he just strode up to the podium and said 'make my day'," Cantor joked in an interview with Fox News, alluding to the line "Go ahead, make my day" Eastwood makes in the movie. "I think that'd be terrific."

Cantor hailed the news that Eastwood was the surprise speaker at the RNC.

"Clint's got some tremendous appeal across the country, geographically, among both men and women, young and old. I think it's brilliant that he's here," Cantor said.

News broke earlier Thursday that Eastwood would be the "mystery speaker" the RNC had been hinting at.

Earlier in the year Eastwood was at the center of political news when he taped a prominent Super Bowl ad for Chrysler touting Detroit's recovery. The ad was seen as a strong expression of praise for the auto bailout and the Obama administration.

Cantor wasn't the only prominent Republican expressing excitement about Eastwood's speech. Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) also joked that Eastwood could draw from the Dirty Harry Callahan character.

"Maybe he’ll show up with his .357 Magnum and say, 'make my day,' " West said, according to Salon.com. "I would love to go shooting with Clint Eastwood. That sounds awesome.”