Category Archives: Real Hollywood Heroes

January 28, 2017

Jeff Bridges Urges Cooperation in Trump Era: ‘Give a Little Space for Something Beautiful to Bloom’

Jeff Bridges has a message for all Americans now that the election is over and Donald Trump is the country’s 45th President: it is okay to have strong opinions, one way or the other, but “this aggression will not stand.”

In an interview with CNN Money published Thursday, the 67-year-old Big Lebowski star urged Americans to “put a check” on all of the aggression that’s happened in the wake of Trump’s presidential victory, and come together to find a way to move forward.

“We point fingers at people, we point fingers at [Donald] Trump, he points fingers at people. How are we going to come together and realize that we’re on this little dust spec in space, you know?” Bridges told CNN. “Things are finite here, you know. How are we going to work together to make the most beautiful existence that we can, you know?”

Among the things that Bridges urges people to put an end to is “being so sure that Trump is an a**hole and that he’s going to be terrible.”

“You can have very strong opinions, but to go after this peace and this beauty that we’re after I think we gotta show up and give a little space for something beautiful to bloom out of it,” he said.

“As the Dude might say, ‘this aggression will not stand,’” he added.

Bridges appears to have done his own one-eighty on Trump.

In June, the Oscar-winner — who just landed another nomination for his Western heist hit Hell or High Water — said in an interview that he was “fascinated” by the then-candidate, but did not “dig Trump or follow what he has to say.”

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December 8, 2016

‘Cheers’ Star John Ratzenberger: Trump Is Making Sure The ‘Adults Are Back In Charge’ (Video)

“It’s nice that adults are back in charge,” the former “Cheers” star stated. “Okay kids, give us the keys to the car, you’ve done enough damage, now we will take over.”

Actor John Ratzenberger told the “Fox & Friends” crew on Thursday morning that Donald Trump’s win shows that “adults are back in charge” of the American government.

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Ratzenberger has been a vocal Trump supporter since early 2016.

Back in May, he told Fox’s Neil Cavuto that he supports the former real estate mogul because he’s a “builder” and will help buoy the American economy.

On Wednesday, Trump took a stride toward re-empowering the American workforce by nominating WWE co-founder Linda McMahon to serve as Administrator of the Small Business Administration.

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November 27, 2016

Andy Garcia reacts to Fidel Castro’s death: I feel ‘deep sorrow’ for all Cuban people

He added, “The executions, persecution and imprisonment of political dissidents and the LGBT community, denial of free press, elections and religious freedoms, continue to be his legacy. He claimed that history would absolve him, but it can also condemn him.”

In the wake of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro’s death, Andy Garcia expressed his “deep sorrow” for the Cuban people who have lived under Castro’s rule, in a statement shared with Variety on Saturday.

Garcia, the actor and director known for such films as “The Godfather: Part III” and “The Untouchables,” was born in Havana, Cuba.

“It is necessary for me to express the deep sorrow that I feel for all the Cuban people both inside and outside of Cuba that have suffered the atrocities and repression caused by Fidel Castro and his totalitarian regime,” Garcia wrote. “The promises of his so-called revolution of pluralism and democracy, were and continue to be a false promise and a betrayal of all basic human rights.”

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October 10, 2016

Actor Jon Voight Calls for Supporters to Stand With Trump Against ‘Republican Turncoats’

Veteran Hollywood actor Jon Voight appealed Saturday to Trump supporters to express “outrage” against the Hollywood and Republican establishments, respectively.

Robert de Niro recently filmed a political video in which he lambasted the Republican candidate with personal insults and declares, “I’d like to punch him in the face.”

House Speaker Paul Ryan was shouted down Saturday when he criticized Trump at his event in Wisconsin, and Nevada Republican Senate candidate Joe Heck was booed and jeered on the stump when he disavowed Trump.

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August 12, 2016

Jon Voight Rips Media for ‘Distorting’ Trump’s ‘Second Amendment’ Comment (Video)

Actor and Donald Trump supporter Jon Voight lashed out at the media Tuesday for mischaracterizing the Republican presidential nominee’s now-famous “Second Amendment” comment, which news outlets were quick to insinuate was a violent threat against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

“People are trying to make him look foolish,” the 77-year-old actor said of Trump in an impromptu interview with TMZ at a restaurant in Beverly Hills. “He’s a terrific guy. I know him personally. He’s got a good sense of humor. He’s off the cuff. He’s a lot of fun.”

Trump made the comment in question during a Tuesday campaign stop in North Carolina while discussing what Clinton might do if she were to win the presidency.

“Hillary wants to abolish — essentially abolish the Second Amendment. By the way, if she gets to pick, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks,” Trump said, adding: “Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.”

News outlets were quick to paint Trump’s comment as a violent threat against Clinton’s life, while the candidate’s campaign and supporters said he was referring to the political power of Second Amendment supporters to exert pressure on politicians.

“He didn’t say that word,” Voight protested when the TMZ reporter said Trump had joked about “assassinating” Clinton. “Don’t do that, don’t distort what he said.”

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August 9, 2016

Blacklisted by Hollywood? Actor Says Supporting Trump Has Hurt His Career (Video)

“We need a better future for this country, and Donald Trump is going to give us that.”

Actor and Donald Trump supporter Antonio Sabato Jr. says he has been blacklisted in Hollywood because of his conservative political beliefs.

Sabato went “On The Record” tonight, telling Greta Van Susteren that he believes you should be able to support whatever party and candidate you want without facing repercussions in your career.

“When I got back from the RNC in Cleveland, I had some jobs lined up. And I investigated why those jobs weren’t there anymore, and apparently it was because of my support for Mr. Trump,” Sabato said.

Sabato said that even though he’s had to deal with losing work and endure being called names like “racist” on social media, he’s also been getting support.

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August 8, 2016

Scott Baio defiant over Trump support and RNC speech: ‘I do not care if I ever work again’

Actor Scott Baio is defiant over his decision to speak at the Republican National Convention two weeks ago and says that if Hollywood turns on him for supporting Republican nominee Donald Trump, “I don’t care.”

In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, the erstwhile Happy Days cast member said that if people are angry with him for his conservative views, “I don’t care. I genuinely, in my heart, do not care if I ever work again. I don’t care. I’m comfortable and I’ve got a great life, but If I don’t have a country that is recognizable to me, I’ve got nothing.”

At another point in the interview, he said, “The world is on fire. Nothing in this country is going in the right direction. They say Trump’s temperament is bad, and my response is, ‘Well, let’s see. Obamacare is a disaster. Immigration is a complete mess. People are coming here illegally from Muslim countries that want to kill us, the economy’s in the toilet and 95 million people are out of work. ISIS is cutting the heads off of people but Hillary and Obama’s temperament is great, so I’m happy about that.’ You need to write sarcasm next to the sentence.”

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June 22, 2016

Jon Voight: I’ll Help Trump Win the Presidency ‘In Any Way That I Can’

Actor and prominent Hollywood conservative Jon Voight says he has been meeting with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign to discuss how he can help the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee win the White House in November.

“I’ll be as helpful as I can be,” Voight said in an interview with the Daily Beast. “I intend to be, and we’ll see come convention time if [the Trump campaign] wants me at the convention. If they do, I’ll make plans to go, and we’ll go from there … I would like to support him in any way that I can … I’m in touch with the campaign, and I fully support Donald.”

The 77-year-old Emmy and Oscar-winning actor formally endorsed Trump in March in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News.

“The Republicans need to unite behind this man,” Voight said at the time. “We need somebody to go in and reconstruct us in a sort of way, get us back to where we were, who we need to be.”

Three months later, the Coming Home star’s support for the billionaire real estate investor remains resolute.

“I think he’s the man for the job,” Voight told the Daily Beast. “I have discussed with them the possibility of being at the convention, and what I might be available to do for them in California.”

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June 9, 2016

Roseanne Barr: ‘We would be so lucky’ if Trump won

Roseanne Barr is dumping the “anti-truth,” “naked bigots,” liberals and backing Trump.

Comedian Roseanne Barr is rooting for presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump to win the general election over likely rival Hillary Clinton.

“I think we would be so lucky if Trump won,” she told The Hollywood Reporter.

“Because then it wouldn’t be Hilary.”

Barr added, however, that the election system is “all fixed.”

“I think Hillary [Clinton] probably got the receipt, because she paid for the Oval Office,” she said. “And both Trump and Bernie are playing the heel for Hillary.”

She went on to slam Clinton, saying the former secretary of State is friends with “everybody that gives her any goddamned money.”

“The fact is, you don’t get to be the nominee without taking a lot of dirty money,” she said.

“You might be the best f—in’ person on earth, but if you’re hanging out with criminals who do bad things, that matters a lot.”

She then praised Trump for financing his own campaign.

“That’s the only way he could’ve gotten that nomination. Because nobody wants a president who isn’t from Yale and Harvard and in the club. ‘Cause it’s all about distribution,” she said.

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May 26, 2016

Corey Feldman on Elijah Wood Hollywood Pedophilia Controversy: “I Would Love to Name Names”

In an in-depth interview with THR, the ‘Goonies’ and ‘Lost Boys’ star opens up about his late best friend Corey Haim’s rape by a producer at age 11, the pre-teen parties where predators stalked and groomed their marks and the “dark side” of his close pal Michael Jackson: “The man is gone. Let him rest in peace.”

A recent interview with Elijah Wood has reignited the conversation on pedophilia in the entertainment business. The Lord of the Rings star later clarified first to The Hollywood Reporter and then on his personal Twitter account that his comments about “something major … going on in Hollywood” were based not on his own experiences and observations but rather on news reports and the 2015 documentary film An Open Secret.

But another former child actor — Corey Feldman, star of such iconic 1980s movies as The Goonies, Stand By Me and The Lost Boys — was not so lucky. In past interviews, his A&E reality series The Two Coreys and his 2013 memoir, Coreyography, Feldman has detailed how he was preyed upon by men in the industry. His own experiences were not as nightmarish as what befell his Two Coreys costar, the late Canadian actor Corey Haim. Haim was just 11 when, Feldman says, a man raped him on a movie set. (Haim died in 2010 at age 38 after years of drug addiction.)

Speaking now exclusively to The Hollywood Reporter, Feldman opens up about missing Haim, addresses the “dark side” of pal Michael Jackson that led to their estrangement, and warns of the “growing, not shrinking” dangers of internet-era child predators in Hollywood, a place “where adults have more direct and inappropriate connection with children than probably anywhere else in the world.”

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