• Anthony Hopkins Re Hollywood and Politics: ‘Actors Are Pretty Stupid’

    Surge Summary: Renowned actor Anthony Hopkins lately shares frank, negative feelings about politically outspoken actors. He chooses to remain mum about such things and says his entertainment colleagues are not particularly qualified to hold forth on them.

    Actors Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins recently shared a far-ranging chat for Interview magazine, in which Hopkins explained why he rarely (or never) engages in political talk… and why he’d appreciate it if other thespians took his approach to the matter.

    “Actors are pretty stupid,” he opined undiplomatically.

    From PJ Media’s Michael Van Der Galien:

    “People ask me questions about present situations in life, and I say, ‘I don’t know, I’m just an actor,'” Hopkins told Pitt. ” I don’t have any opinions. Actors are pretty stupid. My opinion is not worth anything. There’s no controversy for me, so don’t engage me in it, because I’m not going to participate.”

    Pitt sat down with the famed Academy-Award winner around release of his new Netflix movie, The Two Popes. Hopkins plays the part of Pope Benedict XVI. The younger screen-star seemed to want to get some controversial political (or religious) statements out of Hopkins; but he wasn’t co-operating.

    Van der Galien remarks,

    It is extremely refreshing to see an actor take this position. Sadly, the new generation of Hollywood stars has a different opinion. Take Mark Ruffalo, the millionaire actor who recently endorsed Bernie Sanders. This multi-millionaire (who’s reportedly worth $30 million) wrote on Twitter that “it’s time for an economic revolution. Capitalism today is failing us, killing us, and robbing from our children’s future.”

    The general reaction to Ruffalo’s tweet was one of amusement: the only person who didn’t understand that it was slightly ironic that he was blasting the very system that made him rich and famous was Ruffalo himself. Everybody else was laughing at him.

    That’s why it’s wise of Hopkins to take a politically neutral position. At least we don’t have to make fun of him. He’s an actor, his expertise is acting. If you want to talk about politics, go to a journalist, a blogger, or a politician.

    It does need to be emphasized: Anthony Hopkins, Brad Pitt, Mark Ruffalo and other Hollywood types have as much right to speak out on political or social – or any – issues as every other human being. Being involved in the movie-making business doesn’t disallow an individual from making his opinions known. Neither, on the other hand, does it automatically grant a superior level of insight or authority on these matters. Actors, sports figures, singers, celebrities and entertainers of any stripe – along with plumbers, mechanics, police officers, moms, dads, school teachers, restaurateurs, retired folks — ought to feel free to share their thoughts on things. Those on the receiving end of these communiques can assess them, accept them or junk them accordingly.

    But Anthony Hopkins is wise to acknowledge a person’s status as an actor does not reflexively equate with expertise on domestic or geo-political concerns. Indeed, sometimes silence on their part is the most prudent approach.

    Michael Van der Galien closes with these reflections:

    Let’s hope that Hopkins’ words carry some weight with other movie stars — especially with those who think they have to use their fame to spread and defend their outrageous communist views. Please. Just shut up. Nobody’s interested in your political views. OK? Thanks. 

    H/T: PJ Media/Michael Van Der Galien

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