“There was something exciting about the entertainment industry back in the 70s and 60s, there was a vitality – it’s dead now. It’s dead! They go to narrow places like Sundance and San Sebastian and Cannes, in order to convince themselves that they’re doing great things that they’re making heroic stances on subjects. And it’s like not only do I want to change the political culture in that town I want to create the creative culture. I want there to be, ‘Hey you remember you saw that movie? That’s interesting because the movie contradicts this movie.’ I want there to be excitement. And I gotta be honest with you there’s more intellectual vigor in the conservative movement right now. There are more idea makers, there are more Bobby Jindals out there that are saying ‘You know, let’s try and find a new way.’ There are more Dennis Millers, more Christopher Hitchenses who are coming to this side going, ‘Huh.’”
“[The Hollywood left] is a stale group of people who are recycling the same old bad ideas that don’t work. Why else would those people go to the stinky side? Why else would they go there, unless there was a there there?
“[Conservatives in Hollywood are] the last people – where it’s like ‘You can come out. The war’s over. We’re not fighting the Japanese anymore; you can come off the island.’ Those people are fighting a battle against leftists who I think are on their last breath.”
He estimates that about 50 percent of his rapidly expanding group of like-minded friends got in touch with him after reading his book, Hollywood, Interrupted. Of course, the movement is not exclusively entertainment industry people.
“I’m not actively seeking out entertainment industry people so I can be a quality star fucker of the Republican kind,” he said. “It’s not my goal. If I wanted to be a star fucker I’d be a leftist. But there’s nothing I want more than to coalesce firepower, strength, talent, confidence behind a deferring set of ideals and say, ‘OK, debate.’
“This is a typical leftist construct: Al Gore. Global warming. The debate’s over.”
He said that so far the media has not figured out what to make of him, but that there was nothing mysterious or ambiguous about his cause. He wants decency to prevail.
“My father-in-law’s mother committed suicide in the great depression. He said to me, ‘Movies saved me, every week I would see heroes winning and I thought I could be that.’ That’s a pretty powerful argument.”
“Why do you think people come to the United States of America? Are people smuggling the constitution under their pillow and reading it at night in Bangladesh? Or are they seeing things in American film? A movie could have a direct message with Maggie Gyllenhaal and the Gyllenhaal triumvirate of hate that says that America is horrible, and yet that message is overwhelmed by the proliferation of excess on the screen. They’re like ‘Did you see there were four different types of orange juice on the table? I’d rather go to that place where those people are complaining about how badly they have it.’ You know it’s like I think that people read between the lines, that America, despite the fact that our Hollywood class says ‘It sucks here. It’s horrible.’ People see it on the screen and go, ‘No it doesn’t. Look at all that shit you have! It’s so good there, I want a piece of it.’”
Of his own movement, he’s been amazed to see the egalitarianism in its ranks, high level people and low level people conversing, commiserating, plotting as one.
“I’m not trying to create a utopia in any sense or saying that these people are at the forefront of creating a better society but I’m just telling you that I know for a fact that the Hollywood left is scared about this. I think they hate the idea that it’s a mystery, that for every 10 people that are open there are a 100 that aren’t open about and that they know that we’re meeting each other that we’re seeking each other out, we’re seeking to find common cause with people outside of the industry in order to change the situation.”
He theorized that the average Hollywood player is getting nervous, that he looks around and thinks “is my assistant one of them? I don’t think they feel as comfortable.”
“I think they feel like their misbehavior their Joel Silver-esque tantrums that a lot of the time veer into the political realm, that we’re listening to you, and we’re going to report back to one another to say that we’re dealing with a totalitarian freak here, people are going to catch wind of this and eventually that persons chickens will come home to roost.”
He said that primarily these underground Hollywood nonconformists believe in and can all agree on at the dinner table or over cocktails at secret locations is American exceptionalism. “They think that this is a country that’s worth defending,” he relayed, “whose values are worth spreading, especially against Western European appeasement and ascendant radical Islam.”
“If America doesn’t hold strong, who else is going to stand up to the bullies? And that’s what these people think, they’re saying, ‘That’s what I got into this business to be a hero, I got into this business be a John Wayne but they don’t want John Waynes anymore.’”
A friend recently made the point that American film now goes to Australia to find its heroes, because the hero has been sucked out of the American actor.
“These people [the as of yet closeted conservatives] want they want to reconnect Hollywood to its initial successes. Not this sort of dark inverted, moral system, that expresses the darkness of these peoples’ spirits. They’re really dark people. They’re conflicted people and they want us to see how conflicted they are.”
He cites Woody Allen as an example.
“He’s a joyless son of bitch who jerks off to daughter-figures while he’s filming with the other hand. I go, it’s sick and you get over it. But that is being embraced over and over in Hollywood right now, the darker you can get the more cynical you can get. I’m like please explain to me how John Cusak still has a career, the guy hasn’t had a successful film in 30 years since he raised his ghetto blaster to try and win over Ione Skye. And because this guy indulges Hollywood with his democratic politics and with anti-war message and with his flirting with the Hollywood left the powers that be throw him coin. Same with Ben Affleck, these are guys who are running for office, instead of being a congressman they want to be leading men.”
He would love nothing more than to see the day when those guys admit that they came into town, read the tea leaves, figured out what they had to do to get hired and realized that feigning being a leftist was the quickest way to do it. Man that would be some sweet justice!
“That to me is how it’s done,” said Mr. Breitbart. “You just go out there and go, ‘Yeah, alright. Where’s the Creative Coalition party? Let’s go have some mojitos!’”
As I was leaving, D.C. insider and television producer Tammy Haddad caught my attention to confide, “He’s one of the 10 most important people in the media who nobody’s ever met.”
Care for an introduction, Mr. Spielberg?
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