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Steven Spielberg: In 2012, 'Chris Christie Was a Hero for Me' (Q&A)
Hollywood Reporter ^ | 12/19/2012

Posted on 12/19/2012 7:49:52 PM PST by SeekAndFind

The "Lincoln" director and Obama supporter, one of The Hollywood Reporter's 2012 Rule Breakers, says the New Jersey governor "put party politics aside for the greater good" and also cites Nelson Mandela and Bill Clinton among his heroes.

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THR: Daniel, is there a British historical character who interests you in the way America is fascinated by Lincoln?

Day-Lewis: The quality of fascination is incomparable, really. But I was very interested in Richard Hillary, a pilot who died in World War II. I don’t know if you’ve read Sebastian Faulks’ wonderful book The Fatal Englishman. He takes three lives — pre-First World War, Second World War and Cold War —and somehow makes the most surprising connections between those individuals. One of them was a fighter pilot [Hillary] who was shot down and very, very badly burned. Like a lot of kids, I was fascinated by the strange romance of that war. I have longed to find a story I could tell from that time. [Where we lived in England], occasionally one saw pilots who had those horrendous burns and had become reintegrated,little by little.

THR: Do you have any current heroes?

Day-Lewis: There’s never been a time in my life when I haven’t. My first heroes, I can say categorically, were Admiral Horatio Nelson and [Soviet cosmonaut] Yuri Gagarin, shortly followed by World War II pilot Douglas Bader — whom I wrote to when I was about 8 years old and thanked for saving the country. And Nelson Mandela. STORY: Rival Politicians Team for 'Lincoln' Screening in Bid to Unite Senate

Spielberg: I got a chance to meet him. Mandela has always been a hero. And Bill Clinton is a hero for me today.

THR: Your colleague David Geffen turned against him. Spielberg: Well, we all have different points of view about politics and people, but I’ve always been an admirer of Clinton. And [former Rep.] Gabby Giffords, who was shot in Arizona. And Rachel Maddow. I’m a news junkie, so I’m always reading and watching the news.

THR: Which network?

Spielberg: I watch everything. You’ve got to watch everything. You can’t just watch one network because every network has a different point of view, and you can’t just attach yourself to one.

THR: For the election, what did you watch?

Spielberg: MSNBC.

THR: Where were you both for the election?

Spielberg: I was at home.

Day-Lewis: I was in New York. At the moment, we’re [Day-Lewis and his wife, writer-director Rebecca Miller] based there. I’ve lived in Ireland for 16 years in County Wicklow; I still think of it as home, but I’ve three boys at school here now. We struck a deal about the education of our children, and my wife is a New Yorker, so we agreed to split the time, if it worked out, and it seems to be working out so far.

Spielberg: You asked me for an example. Gov. Chris Christie was a hero for me. He was able to put party politics aside for the greater good. And the fact that he would, right at the end of the election cycle, tell the truth about his gratitude — he was my hero.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: chrischristie; stevenspielberg

1 posted on 12/19/2012 7:49:57 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I’ll bet you’d never vote for him though, right Stevie? So your “hero” BS is irrelevant.


2 posted on 12/19/2012 7:54:40 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (U.S. elections have become nothing but another cheap ripoff of American Idol.)
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To: SeekAndFind

That celebrity loving fat turd will be slobbering all over himself when he hears this.


3 posted on 12/19/2012 8:03:52 PM PST by Post5203 (I bought 6 marines a beer at a bar recently and not one said thanks. I won't do that again.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Cool. I’ll file this under, “Who gives a sh*t.”


4 posted on 12/19/2012 9:00:39 PM PST by Yogafist
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To: SeekAndFind

Obama hasn’t begun his second term and the Hollywood Left are already laying the groundwork for the “acceptance” and “electability” of Christie as the opponent the Dems will beat in 2016.


5 posted on 12/19/2012 9:40:54 PM PST by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: Post5203

I am sure every true blue Nazi admired Hitler too.


6 posted on 12/20/2012 4:22:40 AM PST by broken_arrow1 (I regret that I have but one life to give for my country - Nathan Hale "Patriot")
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To: SeekAndFind

7 posted on 01/02/2013 7:23:48 PM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
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