Sunday, November 13, 2005

Dangerous Hollywood

Froggy Ruminations (via Instapundit) lists a series of gross inaccuracies in Jarhead, the new movie about the first Gulf War (also see here). Unlike the French, who whine about American "cultural imperialism," it is this kind of anti-American propaganda that annoys me most about Hollywood - particularly because it will get extensive play in Europe and elsewhere and significantly impact how America is viewed around the world. Most people will assume that, after all, if Americans say such things about themselves they must be true.
Among actors there are some exceptions however. Bruce Willis sounds like he has his head screwed on the right way (via Instapundit):
Bruce Willis told Cosby he would offer one million dollars to any civilian who would turn in Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri or Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Willis talks to Cosby about his support for embedded blogger Michael Yon, and the actor says he is in talks about a possible film about the Deuce Four, the soldiers Yon is embedded with in Iraq.
"I am baffled to understand why the things that I saw happening in Iraq, really good things happening in Iraq, are not being reported on."
And my personal favorite is John Malkovich:
Malkovich caused controversy in the United Kingdom in 2002 by announcing he wanted to shoot journalist Robert Fisk and politician George Galloway, both of whom have been accused of sympathizing with Islamic terrorists.
Forget you criminal coddlers, Malkovich believes in an eye for an eye. And he'll dole out some of that punishment himself, he says. He told an interviewer: "The left-wing wants criminals coddled and no one wants anyone punished. I would have no problem pushing the switch while having dinner. I actually think they should change the name of the death penalty. We're all going to die, so it should just be called the early death penalty."
So you see, occasionally Hollywood does produce some coherent stars.

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