STAR HARD

He  was  very  lonely  and  extremely  depressed  about  his  struggling  career.

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JONATHAN    BRANDIS    :    1976    –    2003  

1.   THE   QUOTE

“Let  me  stop  you  right  there.  Everybody  write  this  down  because  I’m  sick  of  answering  this  question.  I  am  a  Republican  only  as  far  as  I  want  a  smaller  government.            I  want  less  government  intrusion.  I  want  them  to  stop  pissing  on  my  money  and          your  money,  the  tax  dollars  that  we  give  50 %  or  40 %  of  every  year.  And  I  want  them  to  be  fiscally  responsible.  And  I  want  these  goddamn  lobbyists  out  of  Washington.        Do  that  and  I’ll  say  I’m  a  Republican.  

But  other  than  that,  I  also  want  the  government  to  take  care  of  people  who          need  help  like  the  kids  in  foster  care,  the  half  a  million  kids  who  are  in  orphanages  right  now.  They  call  them  foster  homes  but  they’re  really  orphanages.  I  want  them  to  take  care  of  the  elderly  and  give  them  free  medicine.  Give  them  whatever  they  need.  There’s  tons,  billions  and  billions  of  dollars  that  are  just  being  wasted.  

Okay?  I  hate  government.  But  I  am  apolitical.  Write  that  down.                                    I’m  not  a  Republican.

( “Bruce  Willis  Interview  For  The  Movie  ’16  Blocks’ “,  dated  March  1,  2006 )

2.   THE   SPIN

Things  must  be  pretty  dire  for  the  Republicans  if  even  Bruce  Willis  is  bailing         on  them.  

The  51-year  old  movie  star  seemed  desperate  to  put  daylight  between  himself  and       the  GOP  when  I  caught  up  with  him  the  other  night  at  a  Milk  Studios  show  of  his  pal  Lucy  Liu’s  oil  paintings.

“Please  write  this  down,”  said  Willis  who  has  voiced  support  for  the  war  in  Iraq  and  appeared  at  the  White  House  with  President  Bush.  “I’m  always  accused  of  being            a  Hollywood  Republican  –  but  I’m  not!

I  have  just  as  many  Democratic  ideas  as  Republican  ones.”  he  insisted.                     “If  they  could  build  three  fewer  bombs  every  month  and  give  the  money  to  foster  care,        that  would  be  great.”

( “Willis  No  Die-Hard  For  The  GOP”,  The  New  York  Daily  News :  September  18,  2006 )

3.   THE   MOTIVATION

Action  hero  Bruce  Willis  was  immortalized  on  Hollywood’s  Walk  of  Fame,  fulfilling      a  lifelong  ambition  to  see  his  name  added  to  the  stretch  of  pavement  that  is  quite  literally  star-studded.

At  a  ceremony  attended  by  celebrity  friends  and  family  including  ex-wife  Demi  Moore         and  her  new  husband  Ashton  Kutcher  as  well  as  Kevin  Costner,  Ben  Affleck  and           Sylvester  Stallone,  Willis  said  that  he  had  always  craved  “the  star  treatment”.

“I  used  to  come  down  here  and  look  at  these  stars  and  I  could  never  quite  figure  out  what  you’re  supposed  to  do  to  get  one,”  said  Willis  after  seeing  his  star  become        the  2,321st  to  be  set  into  the  sidewalk.

( “Bruce Willis  Gets  Hollywood  Walk  Of  Fame  Star”,  Los  Angeles,  AFP :  October  18,  2006 )

4.   THE   REACTION   OF   THE   ANGRY   LEFT

Poor  Bruce  Willis.  He  used  to  be  one  of  The  Big  3  Hollywood  Republicans.        They  ruled  the  roost  for  years  and  made  tons  of  money  in  Blow  Up  Stuff  films.

Today,  Bruce  is  whining.  So  why  is  Bruce  Willis  suddenly  whining  about  his  ties  to  George  W.  Bush  and  the  neocons?

Maybe  Bruce  Willis  has  figured  out  that  the  worm  has  turned.  Maybe  he’s  hoping  for          a  bigger  audience  share  when  “Die  Hard  4”  comes  out  next  year.  Maybe  his  investors  don’t  want  any  more  bad  press.

You  made  your  bed.  Wallow  in  it,  you  right-wing  Republican  shill.  

( “Bruce  Willis  Wants  A  Hollywood  History  Makeover”  by  Delilah  Boyd,  ascrivenerslament.blogspot.com :  September  25,  2006 )

5.   THE   REACTION   OF   THE   CALM   RIGHT

The  problem  is  that  the  allegiances  of  Hollywood  celebrities  are  determined  by  who  is  going  to  give  them  their  $ 20  million  paychecks.  And  little  else.  More  than  Liberalism  or  ( in  the  very  rare  case )  Conservatism,  the  ideology  of  Hollywood  celebrities  is  Narcissism.  They  serve  a  master  called  Hollywood.  

This  is  why  our  message  to  Conservatives  here  at  Libertas  and  in  the  L. A.  filmmaking  community  is  this :  become  independent  filmmakers,  or  otherwise  support  independent  filmmakers  and  their  efforts.

Stop  hanging  onto  celebrities.  You  don’t  need  them  and  they’re  not  going  to  do  anything  for  you  anyway.  

( “Bruce  Willis  Says  I’m  Not  A  Republican!”,  Libertas  @  www.libertyfilmfestival.com :  September  20,  2006 )

6.   THE   AFTERMATH

“When  a  big  star  like  Bruce  Willis  sees  his  New  York  bar  protested  for  his  being       a  Republican  and  his  Hollywood  pals  don’t  rally  to  his  defense,  it’s  no  wonder       Mr.  Willis  doesn’t  talk  openly  about  politics  anymore.”

( “Blacklist  Then  And  Now”  by  Andrew  Breitbart,  The  Washington  Times :  July  28,  2008 )

7.   THE   LESSON

Los  Angeles  is  the  ultimate  ‘Go  Along  To  Get  Along’  town  especially  because         the  showbiz  industry  has  become  dominant  here.

And  yet,  the  entertainment  business  is  relatively  small,  characterized  by                         nasty  competition  for  fewer  and  fewer  jobs.

Conservative  actors  and  production  people  have  told  me  that  Liberal  executives         and  other  powerbrokers  will  not  hire  people  who  aren’t  Leftwing.  

To  survive  economically,  many  of  them  have  to  pretend  and                                     ‘Go  Along  To  Get  Along’.  

That’s  why  Hollywood  continues  to  remain  dominated  by  a  Liberal  Culture.”

( “Bill’s  Tip  Of  The  Day”,  The  O’Reilly  Factor,  FOXNews :  February  27,  2013 )

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