Hollywood actor Kurt Russell rebuffed his long-rumored association with the Republican Party this week while promoting his upcoming role in Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight.”
The truth, Russell says, is actually far worse:
I wasn’t a Republican, I was worse: I was a hardcore libertarian.
Russell, in an interview with The Daily Beast, doubled down on his recent comments on gun control that received widespread media coverage following the San Bernardino terror attack.
“[The interviewer] got into the whole thing about how gun control was somehow going to fix terrorism, and I was like, ‘Dude, I just don’t get that thinking!’” the actor said. “I just didn’t get where he was going saying that gun control was a magic wand of fixing the situation with terrorism. That isn’t going to stop them from what they want to do.”
He pointed out that what distinguishes him from many in Hollywood he is that he has drawn his political views heavily from America’s Founding Fathers.
“I’m not a Bill Maher libertarian. That’s faux-libertarianism… The other thing I’ve found is that a lot of liberals in Hollywood are faux-liberals, and a lot of Republicans in Hollywood are faux-conservatives,” Russell said. “When I was a young guy, I was finding myself not quite being able to see the things that were going on and buy into a political culture. I didn’t know what to do, so I finally said, ‘Why don’t I go back and see what the Founding Fathers were all about, and see how that stacked up.’”
“Well, I found them and I found libertarianism,” he added. “They were pretty radical guys, and damn smart, and I just believe in that old-time stuff and think they had great ideas.”
Russell explained that his view on politics was finally “cemented” after he attending an event for the 20th anniversary of the Cato Institute.
“I had the wonderful opportunity to go to the Cato Institute’s 20th anniversary and spend some real time with some amazing people,” Russel said. “I met some great people there, and that cemented it for me. I felt, guess what, there is a place where I can have a conversation and not be laughed at or smirked at.”
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