Actor, outspoken Greta Thunberg supporter and Trump critic Harrison Ford said in a CBS interview this morning “I think it’s come to the point where we gotta start talking politics.”
During the Golden Globe awards, host Ricky Gervais made waves for preaching the exact opposite.
Gervais skewered Hollywood celebrities, telling them:
So if you do win an award tonight, don’t use it as a platform to make a political speech. You’re in no position to lecture the public about anything. You know nothing about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg.
So if you win, come up, accept your little award, thank your agent, and your God and f*ck off, OK? It’s already three hours long. Right, let’s do the first award.
Yahoo reports while Harrison Ford has yet to join the throngs of celebrities endorsing their top 2020 presidential picks — from Sharon Stone and Kevin Costner for former Mayor Pete Buttigieg to Cardi B’s backing of Sen. Bernie Sanders — the veteran actor hinted at his political persuasions in a new interview with CBS Sunday Morning.
A few days after calling President Donald Trump a “son of a b***h” during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the 77-year-old star called for a moderate approach.
“I think it’s come to the point where we gotta start talking politics,” Ford told CBS correspondent Lee Cowan, who noted that the Star Wars legend typically refrains from getting political. “But we gotta talk about it in a positive way. We gotta regain the middle ground. We’re in these ideological enclaves. But the truth is in the middle. Progress is made in the middle.”
When asked if he thinks “we can get back there somehow,” Ford responded, “we damn well better.”
While Ford — who himself played the president in the 1997 action thriller Air Force One — is not known for being as politically outspoken as some of his co-stars, he has spoken critically in the past of President Trump and former President George W. Bush. He also reportedly donated to former Vice President Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign, and visited the Obama White House in 2013.
Currently promoting his latest film, The Call of the Wild, Ford also addressed his environmental activism and passion for conservation. The actor has notably opposed President Trump’s plans to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord.
“We’re in danger of losing the support of nature for our lives, for our economies, for our societies,” he said. “Because nature doesn’t need people, [but] people need nature.
“I’m now seeing that I think we’re coming close to being able to really commit the resources and energy to confronting the issue, because it’s taken up on the highest level of politics,” he added. “It’s taken up on the streets by young people.”