I think most Americans will look back on this period since 1980 as a morally bleak, intellectually fraudulent period of history.

Q: Are you anti-Bush, as the pundits say?

Mortensen: No, I’m not anti-Bush; I’m anti-Bush behavior. In other words, I’m against cheating, greed, cruelty, racism, imperialism, religious fundamentalism, treason, and the seemingly limitless capacity for hypocrisy shown by Bush and his Administration.

Q: What’s wrong with pinning it all on Bush?

Mortensen: It’s too easy, and it lets a lot of people off the hook. I think impeachment proceedings need to be started immediately but not just against him. God forbid we should have Dick Cheney as President. No. Those two need to go, and many of the others in the inner circle need to go.

Q: Do you think actors are particularly stymied when they try to speak out?

Mortensen: It’s almost a standard tactic, really, to try to minimize any effort that people in the entertainment business or in any public occupation make to express themselves. Look, there are people that grandstand and seem to be publicly politically engaged because they like the attention, more than because they’re genuinely concerned about the world. But I don’t think that’s the majority. The majority of those who take the risk—and it is a risk because it’s much safer to keep your mouth shut and keep making a living—have something to say. They speak up, or go on a march, or get involved in the political process because they do care and they are concerned. I consider myself very fortunate to have a platform. I don’t take it lightly, and I don’t abuse it. I don’t speak up about something unless I feel strongly about it and until I’ve researched a subject extensively and have an informed decision about it. But I think if you don’t say something it’s lying by omission. I personally think it’s immoral. Yeah, it might cost you a few fans, but you have to say something.


Jeremy said...

Who cares want some douche bag actor says. He must fit the mold of Hollywood so he can keep getting jobs. You can teel this man has zero since of history and even less of an idea on how geopolitics work. Like the time before 1980 was some period of moral clarity for this country. Oil embargos, cocaine, vietnam. This dude is a tool. Just shut up and act. Like the Muslim world is full of moral superiors. What a joke. Beheadings, raping women legally, oppressing women, torture (real torture not making people act like homos and taking their picture; cuting their heads off, electricution, mass murder). The real facists in this world are the Islamic hardliners. We need to wake up as a country and reconize that they want to establish the caliphate again stretching from Indonesia to Spain. If you don't believe me just goolge some Arabic and Muslim websites and see for yourself. Oh yeah did I mention that this man is a Tool. The reason W got elected for a second time is because of idiots from Hollywood like him turning people off to their way of thinking. 90% of these actors have barely a high school education and their gonna tell me how to think and act. Please.

Jennifer Jordan said...

Your comment would have sooooo much more validity if you used correct spelling and grammar.

Gabriele C. said...

Gotta love Viggo.

And he's sexy, too. :-)

Jennifer Jordan said...

Yep. Just a touch... a tad... a mit sexy.

And one of the most well thought out yet calm political thinkers I've encountered.