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Actor calls Giuliani 'American hero'

NEW YORK (AP) -- Actor James Woods says he considers former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani an American hero and fought "tooth and nail" to portray him as such in an upcoming television film.

The actor, concerned that a "lunatic liberal" Hollywood would vilify Giuliani or present him as overly conservative, says he insisted on approving the script for "Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story," before agreeing to play the part.

"Our business is notorious for being almost lunatic liberal," Woods told The New York Times in Sunday editions. "There's sort of a loony fringe that's way over the top and out of step with mainstream America."

Woods said had no insight into whether or not Giuliani would like the movie or his portrayal, "But he can rest assured of this: I fought tooth and nail to play him as the genuine hero that I unequivocally believe him to be."

"But if they were interested in presenting the liberal jihad against Rudy, then I wasn't really interested in participating," he added.

Woods says he agrees with every action Giuliani took as mayor, citing Giuliani's public scorning in 1999 of "The Holy Virgin Mary," a portrait of the religious figure decorated with a daub of elephant dung, at Brooklyn Museum of Art.

"He, as a Catholic, was genuinely and rightfully offended that someone should have a sacred icon of his religion created out of excrement," Woods said. "Can you imagine the reaction in this town if the artist had created a Star of David out of excrement?"

In addition to chronicling Giuliani's response to the September 11 terrorist attacks, the movie depicts his bout with prostate cancer, his failed marriage to Donna Hanover and his romantic relationship with current fiance Judith Nathan.

Earlier this month, the film's director, Robert Dornhelm, defended his decision to include graphic news footage of the attacks on the World Trade Center in the movie.

Giuliani's spokeswoman, Sunny Mindel, told the Times that the former mayor "hasn't seen the movie and had nothing to do with it."

The film will be broadcast March 30 on the USA Network.




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Woods says he agrees with every action Giuliani took as mayor

I fought tooth and nail to play him as the genuine hero that I unequivocally believe him to be."

It's certainly nice to know we have such an unbiased person in such a balanced and nuanced portrayal of the guy instead of one of those knee-jerk, nutty Hollywood types!



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Hollywood is deeply liberal?

Well, send me towards some of those "liberal" movies that preach new ideas and don't rehash the same tired cliches over and over again. Oh wait, that's right....you can pretty much only find those in indepedant film. My bad.



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I gotta say that even though Rudy performed admirably in the wake of 9-11, and definitly deserves praise for that, the dude definitly has his skeletons (many of which fell out of the closet a long time ago). While I hate how Hollywood often "villifies" conservatives, I do not necessarily think that they should have their images whitewashed in response.
The results of Wood's efforts remain to be seen, of course. But in his defense, it is possible to be "heroic" and still have some garbage in your past. As long as they don't gloss over that garbage, I can accept a potrayal of Rudy in a good light.




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    Originally posted by Grimis
    The film will be broadcast March 30 on the USA Network.
Hmmm, watch this or WrestleMania....hmm....



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But, if that's the case, then how come...

EDIT: Goddammit, link! LINK!!!

(edited by OlFuzzyBastard on 19.3.03 0909)

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Because of this minor point:

But in the wake of a public backlash against actors such as Martin Sheen, from the West Wing, who have voiced opposition to war, producers do not want to upset advertisers who have paid more than 50 million for adverts

Game, set, match.

I'd also like to pull out this quote as well that pretty much says it all:

But Tom ONeil, an Oscar historian, said: "Political tantrums are inevitable. Youre dealing with a class of people who have unchecked egos and who are invited on talk shows to be experts on everything from high art to pop culture."



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I would think the advertisers would be salivating at any kind of controversal speeches. Like them or hate them, controversal speeches (or at least the prospect of them) draw ratings. They need to get Vince to run the Oscars.



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Rudy Guiliani is cool in my books. I've always liked the guy. As for Woods, he does raise an interesting point that what if it was a different religous symbol being disecrated.

Advertisers should know that celebraties are still people, and still have opinions. If they don't want their spokespeople or whoever not to ge thtem in trouble, hire mimes.



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