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“W.” cast and crew get personal about politics

October 10, 2008

 The makers of the upcoming “W.” biopic about President George Bush say they put olly-stone.jpgpersonal politics aside for the Oliver Stone-directed movie — and so far the early reviews seem to agree.  

 But that didn’t stop the cast and crew sounding off in a Beverly Hills press event this week about their personal feelings towards the U.S. president and his administration.  

 Screenplay writer Stanley Weiser told journalists he “had to park all my politics at the door. Before writing this I couldn’t even bear to listen to Bush. I had to turn it off.”

    Weiser went on to compare Bush with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, saying both men wanted the best for their people “but there is an absolute blind fundamentalism that develops” which makes Bush and Ahmadinejad believe they are 100 percent right about everything.

   Weiser added; “Sarah Palin (http://www.reuters.com/news/globalcoverage/sarahpalin)  is George W. Bush on steroids with less brains and much more dangerous.”

    Although the movie has many satirical moments, the actors  said they were not laura-bush.JPGdeliberately trying to mock Bush. 

“We weren’t trying to be funny. It was always about being authentic, but a lot of what these people said to each other, and did, was preposterous,” said Elizabeth Banks, who plays First Lady Laura Bush.

    Stone said it was difficult for people to have a movie made on their own life and he doubted Bush, who is not a movie buff,  would watch “W.”, when it is released on Oct 17.

But Stone said he hoped Bush “may enjoy it some day when he is wise enough to surrender himself to it.” 
        

Comments

It never fails to amaze me that working actors who have been fortunate enough to earn a substantial living as working actors would jeopardize their careers to make a political statement. Sean Penn is a perfect example. He is, by far the most talented living actor I have ever seen. He can’t get a job because he arrogantly believes he can sway voters by voicing his opinion. He’s wrong. He is just distracting us from his art which really irritates me. This movie is going to fail and I feel sorry for the actors who ill-advisedly
decided to participate. Josh Brolin is a wonderful actor and I’ll miss him when he can’t get another job.

Posted by Freeman | Report as abusive
 

The idea that actors or anyone cannot express a political opinion is both facetious and way out of line. :-(

‘Freeman’, your name is a misrepresentaion of your code of ethics: freedom has NOTHING to do with what you believe in on this issue.

A person who honestly expresses their beliefs is someone to be respected – not pilloried as you have done. We may not agree with a political viewpoint but we MUST defend a persons right to say it.

Isn’t freedom of speech enshrined in the American Constitution? Let me elucidate you and anyone else who dares to be so abtuse, facile and, regretfully, pompous:

Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and by many state constitutions and state and federal laws. Criticism of the government IS generally permitted’

Did you get that ‘Freedom’?

As for suggesting an actor would be deprived of work just becasue they have critised the US government – well that’s outrageous and if it does happen then the people doing the retracting should be ashamed of what is a vindictive and morally bankrupt kind of retribution.

I and MANY others all say: Let actors speak their minds. And all the best to Sean Penn! :-)

Posted by TheTruthIs... | Report as abusive
 

I believe Mr. Penn has all the work he wants. In addition, as a citizen, it is his right and duty to speak out on the issues of the day. As far as I’m concerned, too many of my fellow citizens remained silent when Mr Bush was essentially appointed to the presidency, too many said nothing as our country was lied into a genocidal war with Iraq, and far too many looked the other way while our country was looted blind.

Mr. Penn has shown much courage and conviction. Plus, I admire his superb though slightly oversized nose.

Hello

 

Sean Penn doesn’t get jobs? He has like 2 or 3 movies out this year alone. I’d hardly call that not working. And as for Josh Brolin, he is doing a lot of work right now and most of it is fantastic. Both Penn and Brolin will be in the upcoming film MILK, about Harvey Milk, but I doubt you’d see that based on your political leanings.

Posted by James | Report as abusive
 

McCarthyism is alive, just underground. But from the tenor of ‘Freeman’s’ note, and of some elements of the current campaign, it is on the rise. The majority of current voters do not have personal remembrance of that era, and a large percentage have no recollection of hearing the word, less an understanding of it. May we be protected from the destruction of repeating past political mistakes as we reel from the destruction of repeating past financial mistakes.

Posted by Southingtonian | Report as abusive
 

Stone tends to make a good product. I doubt the movie will fail, even if it is bad, which I doubt it is. Hollywood hasn’t produced much lately, so this is a breath of fresh air. Better than another slasher movie, that’s for sure. Sean Penn rocks!

Posted by Willie Reigh | Report as abusive
 

stone has made the opus for bush haters. Facts? Hardly. Not trying to mock the president? Not true. Just like any of michael moore’s ‘works’ it is laced with his liberal bent and then sold as fact to the viewer. Nothing more then liberal propanda for the aluminum hat wearing crowd.

Posted by keith olbermann | Report as abusive
 

YOU LIBS ARE IDIOTS!! WHAT FREEMAN IS TRYING TO SAY IS THAT SOMEONE WHO RELIES ON THE PEOPLE OF THE COUNTRY FOR BUSINESS SUCH AS ACTORS AND MUSICAL ARTISTS SHOULD KEEP THEIR POLITICAL OUT OF PUBLIC. THIS COUNTRY IS SPLIT BETWEEN REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS PROBABLY EVENLY NOT INCLUDING INDEPENDENTS. AND I FOR ONE LIKED WILL SMITH MOVIES HOWEVER I WILL NO LONGER SEE ONE BECAUSE OF SOME STUPID POLITICAL COMMENTS HE SAID. AND THERE ARE MANY MORE. MATT DAMON IS ANOTHER. I USED TO WATCH LENO AND LETTERMAN BUT NOT ANYMORE. ANYONE I SEE MAKE ANTI BUSH OR ANTI MCCAIN OR JUST ANTI REPUBLICAN COMMENTS I AM BOYCOTTING THEIR MOVIES OR MUSIC. THATS JUST ME THOUGH BUT I’M SURE THERE ARE MANY MORE PEOPLE. KID ROCK SAID IT BEST WHEN HE SAID CELEBS SHOULD STAY OUT OF IT. THE REASON YOU DUMB LIBS FEEL DIFFERENTLY ABOUT IT IS BECAUSE CONSERVATIVE CELEBS DO STAY OUT OF IT BECAUSE THEY ARE SMARTER. ALTHOUGH THE NEW MOVIE AMERICAN CAROL IS HILARIOUS. YOU MORONS WOULD HATE IT!!!!!

Posted by I HATE LIBERALS!!! | Report as abusive
 

Let’s see. What was Ronald Reagan’s job before becoming president? Hmmmm.

Posted by An observer | Report as abusive
 

Thanks to all of you including the Supreme Court hacks who made GW and all that he has done for … or rather to … the US and for that matter the world possible.

Posted by Otis | Report as abusive
 

Hate is what the neocons seem to be best at. Is there a business that does not rely on the people of the country? Anyone who publicly speaks their mind is very brave. Many of us don’t because we are afraid of all the haters out there. Conservative celebs are just as vocal. You need to get out more, Mr. Liberal Hater.

Posted by thomas | Report as abusive
 

Gee, all you neolibs can do is trash conservatives. You preach inclusiveness and tolerance, but not when it comes to people who desire to have their own conservative values. You say that conservatives try to push their agendas on you, yet you push your agendas on them. What if a mother (or sister or brother or father etc.) wants to protect the innocent life of an unborn child? You claim instead that these people are trying to rid women of their rights to kill/abort such life. What if a person wants to hold certain values dear such as the sanctity of the family, etc.? You claim that these people are only trying to smother you with ideals that don’t work in today’s free love society?

Of course, when does your logic end? After gay marriage, what about polygamous marriage? If they’re consenting adults, wouldn’t that work for you? If youth can be educated about sex, and have sex, and be given condoms for sex, then why do you limit their sexual activity with only sexual partners of their own age? Aren’t you next going to say that since they’re having sex anyway (your logic for providing the condoms and sex ed), they might as well have it with someone “experienced” who can show them the ropes. And once you make that legal, you might as well lower marriage ages, drinking ages, and voting ages. Neolibs love the path away from responsibility and morality, because it allows them to absolve themselves from the guilt they feel when they truly don’t care about their fellow human beings.

The truth hurts, doesn’t it?

Posted by Michelle | Report as abusive
 

Michelle, you and your kind’s abject inability to deal with and accept ‘difference’ and just let folk live their lives whilst you live yours, is a classic indicative of a psychological phobia condition.

Research has recently proven/shown that people like you have a reduced ability to accept other people – especially when they are different. Their profound ‘fear’ of human difference is sometimes manifested in voicing these fears via prejudice, intolerance, dislike of people like gays, blacks, etc. At this point things start to seem familiar…

This is a pitiful condition to have since it seriously debases human character and renders the sufferer impervious to the reality of the effect it has on their targets. They become desensitised, delusional and verbally aggressive, often by tone alone.

It is a type of verbal victimisation/persecution and causes a great deal of pain and suffering to their target groups.

With regard to your exaggerated, scattalogical and illogical ideas about what ‘might’ happen, this is simply a manifestation of your minds condition, and a classic mode of pseudo self-fulfilling prophesies, held up as dire warnings of biblical corruption in order to express your unfounded fears. That these might be dressed-up in religious references, is irrelevant, here.

Sodom and Gomorrah is thus transposed to the present as a template for what might become of us all if we do not stop being liberal. The dire ‘woe and thrice woe’ warnings are nothing more than a smoke screen.

There is NO logic or pure reasoning dynamic going on in your mind – just a reactionary, negative, fearful and dangerous form of cant hysteria that is both belittling, destructive, cruel and vindictive.

If this is what being a hawk is, then I suggest you take the hawk to the vets for a humain ending.

Truth is, your feet of clay are weaker than a those of a person who has NO problem with human difference! :-) Think about that, all of you who see fit to preach condemnation.

I hope you all get better real soon!

Posted by TheTruthIs... | Report as abusive
 

wow. everyone seems to treat this as a black and white issue – and it’s not. anyone who claims to adhere to all democratic or all republican values respectively will never vote for what the believe in, because each leader is a shade of gray.

though i have to admit that boycotting movies of stars who speak out for what they believe in is a great idea. that said, the fact that i can only watch one film a year does suck a little bit. i pass the rest of my time by researching all movies and figuring out if any of the cast and crew have made public statements endorsing political views i don’t believe in. just so i don’t watch a movie that has someone i shouldn’t be tolerating.

Note to Michelle: Please read the note by “I HATE LIBERALS”, and then read your own note. As a neutral foreigner, I must admit that “the Liberals” aren’t the only ones trashing the other side. It seems that’s all the conservatives can do too, with some added vehemence no less.

Posted by Ha | Report as abusive
 

Oliver stone is just another businessman fishing in troubled waters to make money.I suppose he can be counted
among the greedy persons, outside wall street, the likes of which have contributed to the crisis of the present Bush era.

Posted by phil | Report as abusive
 

Hollywood has a role to play in getting across political perspective. Movies are an effective media because it is a global form of entertainment, and also a lot of Hollywood icon figures – Such as George Clooney and Angelina Jolie – are active in this field as well as humanitarian issues. Oliver Stone and the rest of the star cast taking part in this movie are hardly pioneers, many political figures and events were subject to Hollywood’s critique, and if this movie came as a shock to some people then it is surprising it did. What with the mess and controversy plaguing this particular US administration for eight years I was actually expecting such a movie for quite some time. We tend to pass over Hollywood stars as shallow overpaid people with a tendency to excessive partying and drinking whose main accomplishments is providing tabloids with fresh writing material, but that is a tired stereotype … The US movie industry has the likes of afore mentioned George Clooney, Denzel Washington, Oliver Stone, Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman to name a few of people who are aware of issues that effect people on the street on the national and international level, and so take upon themselves to use their prowess on and behind the camera for the benefit of commentary and different viewpoints on issues that effect all of us.

I notice a few posts from contributors here that seem to lean a bit to a far right conservatism regarding this film. My response to these people is: Cheer up, it could have been worse for Bush. It could have been directed by Michael Moore instead.

Posted by bill | Report as abusive
 

movies are art, artists express themselves, enjoy

Posted by Jennifer | Report as abusive
 

CSNY, Bob Dylan, Joani Mitchell
Pete Seger, Woody Guthrie…
This Land is Your Land. Take it back.
Whoever it is my children are listening
to…some are expressing more than teen
angst or twenty-something libidinous longing.
Country or Pop doing same. Bad news when one of them speak out. Dixie Chicks forever.
Everything going is an expression of someone’s
viewpoint. Get over it and follow your own path. It can be troublesome at times but oh so much more rewarding than strait jacketed up down right or left (which is totally impossible for any human to perfect) outward presentations. Be so rigid, someone will catch you in a real inconsistency.
Love to all, and I do hope you get better.

Posted by Dan O'Neill | Report as abusive
 

Isn’t all this a synopsis of life? “Compromise” is the word that is dying in America. We need to come to the middle but most of all we need to do our best to be decent human beings. I lean right…so what? I can offer a lot to this nation and world and so can all of you. However, it will be our inabiltiy to comprmise that will ultimately lead to the death of what we all cherise the most…FREEDOM. If we keep it up we will surely make a mockery of all who gave thier lives to preserve us. Onward Comrades!

Posted by Will | Report as abusive
 

Obama cannot be trusted with all the shady people in heis life in such a short political career. He won’t win the election, all his shady friends will help him steal it. It is a shame people don’t get to know more about him, if they did, I’m sure that he wouldn’t win. O.J. got away with murder and Obama might just steal the White House with fraud, lies and deception

 

* OBAMA ITS NOT QUALIFIED FOR POTUS — HE HAS BASED HIS ENTIRE CAMPAIGN ON LIES. DEMOCRATS HAVE WARNED US ALREADY:

1) IN THE DEBATES, JOE BIDEN HIMSELF SAID OBAMA was not prepared to be PRESIDENT and that it “wasn’t a position to “test drive”.”

2) JOE BIDEN said: POTUS is not an “ON THE JOB TRAINING” POSITION. Obama its not ready – not qualified!

3) HILLARY said during the primaries: Obama its not ready — not qualified for the
job.

4) BILL CLINTON said: HE IS THE BIGGEST FAIRY TALE I HAVE EVER SEEN, give me a break!

5) BILL CLINTON also said:
CANDIDATE X- WILL Promise every thing but we know HE WON’T DELIVER … (Obama)
CANDIDATE Y- May only agree and promise 50% but WE KNOW HE WILL DELIVER… (McCain)
———————————————-

HIS OWN DEMOCRAT colleagues have WARNED US already: OBAMA ITS NOT QUALIFIED for POTUS.

They are now flip flopping and shoving him down our throats also their INEXPERIENCED, SELECTED ONE, OBAMA. CAN’T TRUST THEM, They all lie to get more votes!

* LETS SAVE AMERICA — vote for the EXPERIENCED, trustworthy McCain/Palin 08!

Posted by REPLACE DO-NOTHING DEMS IN CONGRESS | Report as abusive
 

Replace – get a life!

I have never read such abject drivel. It makes no sense whatsoever! :-)

Posted by TheTruthIs... | Report as abusive
 

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