Saturday, the Washington Examiner noted that a Ted Cruz rally in Iowa had an unusual attendee in the person of actor Richard Dreyfuss. He was not there, being a Hollywood liberal, to endorse the fiery conservative from Texas nor, oddly, to heckle him. Indeed, he was seen hobnobbing with the candidate and people such as media personality Glenn Beck and pollster Frank Luntz.
So, why was the star of such films as “Jaws” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” in the company with the sort of people who usually are shunned in the entertainment business? According to the Dallas Morning News, Dreyfuss was genuinely curious about what moved all of those right-wingers. He said:
“We come at it from different places. But he reveres the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. When you seek to be the president of a country that has 300 million people, you can’t get everyone on the same platform. You can’t. But if you can make it clear that the most important things are shared, then fine.”
Dreyfuss went on to suggest that he was seeing if someone was trying to revive “the old Republican Party,” whatever that is. In any case, the sight of someone from Hollywood respectfully getting out of his comfort zone and immersing himself in what must be for him a particularly foreign political culture was refreshing.
Dreyfuss is currently filming a TV movie about Bernie Madoff, the infamous con man who bilked his victims out of billions of dollars and is now serving a long prison term as a result. He has played a number of other historical figures, including Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Al Haig, and Col. George Picquart, who helped to clear Captain Alfred Dreyfus of trumped up charges of treason.