While actor Woody Harrelson may not identify as a conservative, he appears to understand the feelings of conservatives when it comes to extreme leftism.
During an interview with Esquire about his upcoming role in the miniseries White House Plumbers, which chronicles the Watergate scandal, Woody Harrelson revealed that his previous involvement in canvassing for the Republican Party influenced his performance as E. Howard Hunt.
“Woody, in your youth you canvassed for the Republican party. Went to the same college as Mike Pence. Did those experiences help you understand the paranoia Hunt was feeling?” Esquire asked.
“I understand it. And there’s still a fear of communism. We still loathe Russia. There’s still all the concern about the liberal agenda. I get how this mentality develops. I’m really, basically, a little bit of both,” he said.
“There are things that the liberals do that I think, What f**king idiots. And then there’s also a conservative ideology that strikes me as odd. I consider myself, really, an anarchist,” he added.
“Do you mean that you believe in no government? Or is it that you do believe in government but you don’t like either side?” Esquire inquired.
According to Harrelson, he would likely be categorized as a libertarian because of his belief that the government has failed to help people.
“I never see government work. It always seems to be working for the people who got you there. It’s businessmen working for bigger businessmen,” he said.
“It’s not businessmen working for their constituents. I think the government just usually sucks…am I wrong? Even the social programs, they do it reluctantly, and they’re just always trying to gobble back what they can from the social programs,” he added.
Furthermore, the actor reflected on his well-known monologue from earlier this year on Saturday Night Live, during which he criticized coronavirus lockdowns and vaccine mandates. Harrelson stated that he was indifferent to any negative consequences that may have resulted from his remarks.
“Well, people told me it was, shall we say, ‘trending.’ No, I don’t look at that shit,” he said. “I feel like, ‘I said it on SNL.’ I don’t need to go further with it [pause]…other than to say — well, no, I won’t. Never mind. That’s enough… But it don’t change my life one bit. Not one bit, if the mainstream media wants to have a go at you, right? My life is still wonderful.”
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