"I’ve always been someone who felt we are court jesters," said Kurt Russell.
The presidential election has been a heated topic across the country and almost everyone, including some of the biggest names in Hollywood, have been weighing in on it. However, not all actors believe that they should be doing so. Some actors have nothing to add to the conversation and they suggest that other actors should also desist from doing so. One of the most iconic actors onscreen, Kurt Russell, known for playing gritty and funny characters, recently added his two bits to the conversation. But unlike others who spoke about which presidential candidate they supported, Russell said actors shouldn't get political.
"I’ve always been someone who felt we are court jesters," said the actor to the New York Times. "That’s what we do. As far as I’m concerned, you should step away from saying anything so that you can still be seen by the audience in any character," he added. He believes that it hurts the craft when actors weigh in on political matters.
"There’s no reason entertainers can’t learn just as much as anybody else about a subject, whatever it is," he said. "But I think that what’s sad about it is that they lose their status as a court jester. And I’m a court jester. That’s what I was born to do."
"A court jester is the only one who can walk into the castle and put the king down as long as he doesn’t hit too close to home. I think that’s been a big, important part of all cultures throughout history, and I’d like to see it stay in ours," he continued.
He is not alone in the belief. Anthony Hopkins told Interview Magazine that he doesn't share his opinion about Hollywood or world events for a specific reason. "I don’t have any opinions," he said. "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," he added.
Even Mark Whalberg agrees. "Look, I’ve never gone out and talked about politics. I’m an actor," Wahlberg told Yahoo Finance. "Both Republicans and Democrats buy movie tickets. I had a strong opinion and I didn’t choose to voice it out in the public, but now that somebody is in office, let’s all just come together and rally around him and make sure he has the best chance to succeed," Whalberg had said when Donald Trump was elected.
However, when stars use their position and power to make a difference, people do listen. "I think it’s a big myth that you have to be a politician to be political," Eva Longoria tells OprahMag.com. "The most powerful position in government is the citizen. There are so many ways you can get involved to improve your communities."
Even pop stars have started voicing their opinion about politics and their efforts have made a difference. Taylor Swift, who used to stay away from politics, called Trump out for "stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism [his] entire presidency." She is vocally pro-Democratic Party.
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Even Captain America star Chris Evans is a vocal critic of the Trump administration. In 2018, he tweeted, "You won an election because you ran a campaign predicated on hate, fear, and misinformation. You stirred discord, feigned innocence, bluffed patriotism, and shamelessly wielded schoolyard tactics to distract from your ignorance"
You won an election because you ran a campaign predicated on hate, fear, and misinformation. You stirred discord, feigned innocence, bluffed patriotism, and shamelessly wielded schoolyard tactics to distract from your ignorance— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) December 23, 2018
Also Russia interfered
Also ur doing a bad job https://t.co/bTKoddZsz9
Singer John Legend and his wife, Chrissy Teigen, have also taken on the president and called him out. "We are a divided, hurt nation that needs to be brought back together. [Joe Biden is] someone who looks into issues with clear eyes, empathy, and understanding from being involved in politics," she said. "I also look at a presidential candidate as someone I want my kids to be able to look up to. I don’t see that in Donald Trump or any of his family."
And, it's not just liberal actors who voice themselves. Mellisa Joan Hart describes herself as a "moderate conservative," as per OprahMag. Kelsey Grammer supported Donald Trump openly and so did Clint Eastwood.