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Michael Moore wants more actors to run for office

11.05.2010

No, we never really talk about politics really on JoBlo, and I'm not planning on starting any great debates now. But I did catch a bit of an interview with filmmaker Michael Moore speculating on how Democrats can get their mojo back after losing it big in the recent midterm.

His solution? Have more politically conscious actors run for office. Republicans do it, so why don't Dems?

Here's the quote from MSNBC:

O'Donnell: Presidential elections have a movie star candidate to vote for. Midterm elections are like trying to open a movie on the weekend without a movie star. How do you do that? You've done that.

Moore: ... [the Republicans] have actually run movie stars and won. They ran Ronald Reagan. Fred Thompson was a senator. Gopher from The Love Boat. Sonny Bono...

O'Donnell: Arnold Schwarzenegger

Moore: I don't know why they hate Hollywood so much. When they run Hollywood, they win. When are the Democrats going to run Hollywood. For as much as they're accused of going hollywood...

O'Donnell: Tom Hanks, step right up here for your nomination.

Moore: Seriously, if we ran Tom Hanks, if we ran Oprah, there's a whole column of people who are beloved people, who are smart, good. But we have Obama, and he's kind of like Tom Hanks, a nice guy. Why dont they make use of all the great communicators in Hollywood to help fashion a message?

Is this a good idea? Could "liberal" Hollywood actually change America by getting more involved than just talking about it? We have many actors who are "goodwill ambassadors" to this place or that, and they do a lot of good, but could they do even MORE as Congressman Hanks or Senator Jolie?

Is the ability to get people to listen more valuable than say, actual legislative experience? And finally, if they did run, would they win? It's something interesting to think about to be sure.

Extra Tidbit: Which actors would YOU love to see run for political office?
Source: DeadlineMSNBC

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8:59PM on 11/06/2010
How's that any different than what we now have? Candidates lie through their teeth and then don't follow up as soon as they're elected...they act like they working in our best interests instead of the Corporations that own them. If I had to see another actor turn politician I'd have to be Sean Penn. Not only would he actually try to change things, but he'd get into fist fights in the process. It's win-win.
How's that any different than what we now have? Candidates lie through their teeth and then don't follow up as soon as they're elected...they act like they working in our best interests instead of the Corporations that own them. If I had to see another actor turn politician I'd have to be Sean Penn. Not only would he actually try to change things, but he'd get into fist fights in the process. It's win-win.
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1:55PM on 11/06/2010

OPRAH?!

SERIOUSLY?! FUCK MICHAEL MOORE. FAT FUCK. WHY DOESN'T HE RUN!? BECAUSE ALL HE KNOWS HOW TO DO IS POINT FINGERS.
SERIOUSLY?! FUCK MICHAEL MOORE. FAT FUCK. WHY DOESN'T HE RUN!? BECAUSE ALL HE KNOWS HOW TO DO IS POINT FINGERS.
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11:39PM on 11/06/2010
Dude, turn off the caps lock key.
Dude, turn off the caps lock key.
12:46PM on 11/06/2010
I'd like to see MIchael Moore run for office and lose by an obscene margin.
I'd like to see MIchael Moore run for office and lose by an obscene margin.
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11:55AM on 11/06/2010
Is Michael Moore still relevant? No, no I wouldn't vote for Tom Hanks.
Is Michael Moore still relevant? No, no I wouldn't vote for Tom Hanks.
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10:29AM on 11/06/2010
Just because actors play interesting characters, doesn't mean they are necessarily capable in other areas, such as politics.

If the whole point is just to put people with high "Q" ratings in the public eye so they can sell us a political viewpoint, how is that any better than what we have now?

I am also really tired of Mr. Moore in general, with his carefully contrived scruffiness and holier than thou attitude. Ugh.
Just because actors play interesting characters, doesn't mean they are necessarily capable in other areas, such as politics.

If the whole point is just to put people with high "Q" ratings in the public eye so they can sell us a political viewpoint, how is that any better than what we have now?

I am also really tired of Mr. Moore in general, with his carefully contrived scruffiness and holier than thou attitude. Ugh.
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8:54AM on 11/06/2010
Or Jo you can do it you live sort of close to Ottawa
Or Jo you can do it you live sort of close to Ottawa
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8:52AM on 11/06/2010
Alex Trebek for Canadian Prime Minister
Alex Trebek for Canadian Prime Minister
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2:42AM on 11/06/2010
Im Canadian. Why should I care ?
Im Canadian. Why should I care ?
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11:40PM on 11/06/2010
Nobody is asking you to.
Nobody is asking you to.
2:24AM on 11/06/2010

dont care for Michael Moore

i hate when actors go into hollywood, very often does it make any real difference. (i'm not too fond of Reagan). Michael Moore likes to parade around as if he was a Liberal version of Fox News and that only feeds the fire with wats wrong. the only actor i can see going into politics is maybe a director. they have the executive experience needed with politics.
i hate when actors go into hollywood, very often does it make any real difference. (i'm not too fond of Reagan). Michael Moore likes to parade around as if he was a Liberal version of Fox News and that only feeds the fire with wats wrong. the only actor i can see going into politics is maybe a director. they have the executive experience needed with politics.
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11:06PM on 11/05/2010
Gotta love how people can't come up with a good enough argument against Michael Moore so they just resort to calling him fat. Politician's are liars and crooks, Tom Hanks just seems too nice for that.
Gotta love how people can't come up with a good enough argument against Michael Moore so they just resort to calling him fat. Politician's are liars and crooks, Tom Hanks just seems too nice for that.
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1:56PM on 11/06/2010
YOU DONT KNOW HIM. HE COULD BE A SLIMEBALL POLITICIAN JUST LIKE THE REST
YOU DONT KNOW HIM. HE COULD BE A SLIMEBALL POLITICIAN JUST LIKE THE REST
11:48PM on 11/06/2010
I think people don't like him because they don't want to accept the messages he puts out. People that are against universal healthcare are not gonna give Sicko one ounce of a thought. They are just going to label him a liberal nut.
I think people don't like him because they don't want to accept the messages he puts out. People that are against universal healthcare are not gonna give Sicko one ounce of a thought. They are just going to label him a liberal nut.
10:44PM on 11/05/2010

Lol

How is this movie news again? Michael Moore needs to eat some more donuts. Maybe his gravitational pull will get us out of the debt we're in, instead of his pointless commentary.
How is this movie news again? Michael Moore needs to eat some more donuts. Maybe his gravitational pull will get us out of the debt we're in, instead of his pointless commentary.
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10:09PM on 11/05/2010

Easy answer

Martin Sheen.

After his two terms bring in Jimmy Smits.
Martin Sheen.

After his two terms bring in Jimmy Smits.
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6:22AM on 11/06/2010
Dennis Haysbert! :D
Or maybe Michael Douglas if he (hopefully) beats his cancer. Or how about a butt kicking President with Harrison Ford! :D
Dennis Haysbert! :D
Or maybe Michael Douglas if he (hopefully) beats his cancer. Or how about a butt kicking President with Harrison Ford! :D
9:09PM on 11/05/2010
That fat fuck tard, just wants people that are just as liberal as him running the country
That fat fuck tard, just wants people that are just as liberal as him running the country
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7:11PM on 11/05/2010
Crispin Glover or Steven Seagal
Crispin Glover or Steven Seagal
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6:45PM on 11/05/2010
Al Franken is a good politician I have to admit. He's a Hollywood person that knows politics compare to Sean Penn, Barbara Streisand, and the rest of Hollywood lik.
Al Franken is a good politician I have to admit. He's a Hollywood person that knows politics compare to Sean Penn, Barbara Streisand, and the rest of Hollywood lik.
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5:36PM on 11/05/2010

Why Hollywood Democrat Actors Don't Run

Hollywood Democrat actors don't run for public office, or president because:

They would be subjected to the same scrutiny and criticism that they levy upon the Republican actors that run and the Democrat actors would rather cast blame and accusation than be held accountable themselves.

In other words....they like to be hypocrites:
James Cameron: Save the planet...while I live in my 4 home estate with a larger carbon footprint than a small city.

Barbara Streisand: Save energy to save
Hollywood Democrat actors don't run for public office, or president because:

They would be subjected to the same scrutiny and criticism that they levy upon the Republican actors that run and the Democrat actors would rather cast blame and accusation than be held accountable themselves.

In other words....they like to be hypocrites:
James Cameron: Save the planet...while I live in my 4 home estate with a larger carbon footprint than a small city.

Barbara Streisand: Save energy to save the planet....while I live in my palatial mansion.

And so on, and so on...
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4:42PM on 11/05/2010
Give communism a chance!
Give communism a chance!
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4:23PM on 11/05/2010

Woaaaahhhh!!

Christopher Walken!
Christopher Walken!
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4:17PM on 11/05/2010

Am I on a different planet all of the sudden?

Because I could have sworn that we already had a shitload of "politically conscious actors" in office already.

BTW, thanks for not showing a pic of Michael Moore. I just ate, so yeah...
Because I could have sworn that we already had a shitload of "politically conscious actors" in office already.

BTW, thanks for not showing a pic of Michael Moore. I just ate, so yeah...
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3:57PM on 11/05/2010

Some of them

There are some very intelligent thesbians out there who have fame, independent wealth, and are of course compelling communicators. I think many of them have strongly held fundamental beliefs, and they would stick to those because special interests would not really have a hold on them (other than for re-election). At the very least you could ask them what they thought, they could tell you, they would mean what they said, and then you could vote on that. That is more than current politicans
There are some very intelligent thesbians out there who have fame, independent wealth, and are of course compelling communicators. I think many of them have strongly held fundamental beliefs, and they would stick to those because special interests would not really have a hold on them (other than for re-election). At the very least you could ask them what they thought, they could tell you, they would mean what they said, and then you could vote on that. That is more than current politicans offer us.
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3:57PM on 11/05/2010

This is interesting

Aside from being a movie geek, I am a bit of a current events guy. And I'm fascinated by the phenomenon of Ronald Reagan the president dictating the principles of the Republican party.

Hanks might have a shot for his universal adoration. Clooney would be a divisive choice because of his politically themed movies (Redford in his time probably wouldn't've made it, either, for that reason). Still, a better choice than Sean Penn.

TV actors and niche stars (see Reagan and Fred Thompson) have a
Aside from being a movie geek, I am a bit of a current events guy. And I'm fascinated by the phenomenon of Ronald Reagan the president dictating the principles of the Republican party.

Hanks might have a shot for his universal adoration. Clooney would be a divisive choice because of his politically themed movies (Redford in his time probably wouldn't've made it, either, for that reason). Still, a better choice than Sean Penn.

TV actors and niche stars (see Reagan and Fred Thompson) have a better shot. Kiefer Sutherland couldn't run for president, but he could get into public office if he wanted to.
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3:56PM on 11/05/2010

duplicate

duplicate
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3:55PM on 11/05/2010

Keep Talking!

Message to MM, there was and only will be one Ronald Reagan. Tom Hanks and his boys all put together couldn't equal half of a Ronald Reagan.

I love the fact that Moore and company can't figure out the more they get involved in politics the more it backfires on them. They actually help kill their own causes. So, I hope he never shuts up and keeps making idiotic statements and documentaries.
Message to MM, there was and only will be one Ronald Reagan. Tom Hanks and his boys all put together couldn't equal half of a Ronald Reagan.

I love the fact that Moore and company can't figure out the more they get involved in politics the more it backfires on them. They actually help kill their own causes. So, I hope he never shuts up and keeps making idiotic statements and documentaries.
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5:27PM on 11/05/2010
I don;t think Moore is a Democrat, if that's what you're implying. He's too radically left-wing. He didn't lose the Democrats the House, the ignorance of Americans did that.
I don;t think Moore is a Democrat, if that's what you're implying. He's too radically left-wing. He didn't lose the Democrats the House, the ignorance of Americans did that.
11:00PM on 11/05/2010
There will never be another Ronald Reagan, for which I am eternally grateful.
There will never be another Ronald Reagan, for which I am eternally grateful.
3:42PM on 11/05/2010

Really?

Is this really what we need? More people in office that don't entirely know what they are doing. Doesn't sound like a very smart decision to me honestly. I say leave politics to the politicians, but sometimes it seems like they don't really seem to know what they are doing either.
Is this really what we need? More people in office that don't entirely know what they are doing. Doesn't sound like a very smart decision to me honestly. I say leave politics to the politicians, but sometimes it seems like they don't really seem to know what they are doing either.
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5:17PM on 11/05/2010
Politicians aren't born that way. Lot of lawyers, some doctors, businessmen, community activists, preachers, actors, writers, radio show hosts, speachwriters, what have you.
Politicians aren't born that way. Lot of lawyers, some doctors, businessmen, community activists, preachers, actors, writers, radio show hosts, speachwriters, what have you.
3:37PM on 11/05/2010
Isn't Al Franken enough for Moore?
Isn't Al Franken enough for Moore?
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5:17PM on 11/05/2010
He's not from Michigan
He's not from Michigan
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3:29PM on 11/05/2010
We need to be voting based on what the people stand for and the issues at hand, not due to "celebrity appeal."
We need to be voting based on what the people stand for and the issues at hand, not due to "celebrity appeal."
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3:35PM on 11/05/2010
True, but if you would have to choose among Hollywood actors.
True, but if you would have to choose among Hollywood actors.
3:57PM on 11/05/2010
what country do you think you are living in? "Celebrity" style appeal is crucial in politics - whether actors run or not.
what country do you think you are living in? "Celebrity" style appeal is crucial in politics - whether actors run or not.
5:14PM on 11/05/2010
It didn't used to be. And then came television.
It didn't used to be. And then came television.
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3:28PM on 11/05/2010
Daniel Day-Lewis for Congress!
Daniel Day-Lewis for Congress!
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3:19PM on 11/05/2010

This is interesting

Aside from being a movie geek, I am a bit of a current events guy. And I'm fascinated by the phenomenon of Ronald Reagan the president dictating the principles of the Republican party.

Hanks might have a shot for his universal adoration. Clooney would be a divisive choice because of his politically themed movies (Redford in his time probably wouldn't've made it, either, for that reason). Still, a better choice than Sean Penn.

TV actors and niche stars (see Reagan and Fred Thompson) have a
Aside from being a movie geek, I am a bit of a current events guy. And I'm fascinated by the phenomenon of Ronald Reagan the president dictating the principles of the Republican party.

Hanks might have a shot for his universal adoration. Clooney would be a divisive choice because of his politically themed movies (Redford in his time probably wouldn't've made it, either, for that reason). Still, a better choice than Sean Penn.

TV actors and niche stars (see Reagan and Fred Thompson) have a better shot. Kiefer Sutherland couldn't run for president, but he could get into public office if he wanted to.
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3:19PM on 11/05/2010
Hollywood already shoves there liberal bullshit into the face of Americans every chance they get. Besides a few sects of the population the majority of Americans could give a shit what Sean Penn and the rest have to say about anything other than what there next movie is about. Let the actors do what they are good at. The country is already in bad enough shape without these people fucking it up even more. I mean honestly, does anyone think a guy making 20 million a movie has a fucking clue
Hollywood already shoves there liberal bullshit into the face of Americans every chance they get. Besides a few sects of the population the majority of Americans could give a shit what Sean Penn and the rest have to say about anything other than what there next movie is about. Let the actors do what they are good at. The country is already in bad enough shape without these people fucking it up even more. I mean honestly, does anyone think a guy making 20 million a movie has a fucking clue what the common citizen is looking for from its government? I think not.
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3:16PM on 11/05/2010
BRUCE WILLIS
BRUCE WILLIS
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4:05PM on 11/05/2010
You seem to think Michael Moore is a Democrat. He voted for Nader in 2000. Maybe that was a mistake, but the misconception is that antiwar, antiglobalization types are Democrats. Some are, some are true Socialists, some are an unidentifiable independent libertarian that doesn't fit neatly into those categories. They all pretty much hated Reagan, and the deregulation he set in motion. There's no denying he had charisma, and some idea as to what makes people tick. His followers think every
You seem to think Michael Moore is a Democrat. He voted for Nader in 2000. Maybe that was a mistake, but the misconception is that antiwar, antiglobalization types are Democrats. Some are, some are true Socialists, some are an unidentifiable independent libertarian that doesn't fit neatly into those categories. They all pretty much hated Reagan, and the deregulation he set in motion. There's no denying he had charisma, and some idea as to what makes people tick. His followers think every extreme politico is the next RR. The man RAISED taxes after promising not to, in order to save the economy. Republicans forget that.
2:57PM on 11/05/2010
CLOONEY
CLOONEY
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2:52PM on 11/05/2010
Tom Hanks, Daniel Day Lewis, Steve Buscemi, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Denzel Washington, Philip Seymore Hoffman, Leonardo Dicaprio.. etc. They would probably all do a good job.

Tom Hanks, Daniel Day Lewis, Steve Buscemi, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Denzel Washington, Philip Seymore Hoffman, Leonardo Dicaprio.. etc. They would probably all do a good job.

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2:48PM on 11/05/2010
CLOONEY
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2:44PM on 11/05/2010
Daniel Day-Lewis for office! (Even though he's not American.)
Daniel Day-Lewis for office! (Even though he's not American.)
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4:28PM on 11/05/2010
+1, but just for your avatar.
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