When Robert Redford appeared before the press at the Rome Film Festival yesterday to promote Lions For Lambs (starring the Sundance creator, Meryl Streep and Tom Cruise), he was loaded for bear. According to Variety, Redford came out against the war in Iraq, saying, "Our country has hit a point where we have
lost so much. We have lost lives, we’ve lost sacred
freedoms, we’ve lost financial stability; we’ve lost our position of
respect on the world stage."
While Tom Cruise kept mum about his political views, Hollywood celebrities have come out against the war in Iraq for some time now, even when they didn’t have a movie to promote:
Martin Sheen (2003) — “As the dogs of war
slouch towards Baghdad, we need to be reminded that as many as
two million refugees could become a reality … this is from the
United Nations … as well as half a million fatalities, that
is, deaths or injury from the war.”
Janeane Garafalo (2003) — "Yes, I think lots of people are eager to obtain weapons of mass
destruction. But there’s no evidence that he (Hussein) has weapons of
mass destruction. There’s been no evidence of him testing nuclear
weapons. We have people that are in our face with nuclear weapons.
We’ve got Iran and North Korea. We’ve got a problem with Pakistan. You
know, I don’t know what to say about that. There’s a whole lot of
people that are going nuclear. And I think that Saddam Hussein is
actually, with the evidence, the least able to use nuclear weapons and
the least obvious offender in that area at this moment."
Susan Sarandon (2002) — "I don’t think that a military expansion of violence is the solution. First you have to ask
the right questions and we haven’t formed the right questions on what’s
going on in the world right now. No, I don’t think I would want to go
to war against Iraq."
Tim Robbins (2003) — "In the 19 months since 9-11, we have seen our democracy compromised by fear and hatred.Basic
inalienable rights, due process, the sanctity of the home have been
quickly compromised in a climate of fear. A unified American public has
grown bitterly divided, and a world population that had profound
sympathy and support for us has grown contemptuous and distrustful,
viewing us as we once viewed the Soviet Union, as a rogue state."
Dixie Chicks (2003) "Just so you know, we’re on the good side with y’all. We do not want
this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the President of the
United States is from Texas.