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Hmm. Insult your director while your movie is still in theaters and then insult half the population of your country. Now I know why I’ve happily skipped seeing that douchebag in a movie for the past decade. Some people have no fucking class. Besides, I thought he declared a couple of years ago that he was giving up films because it wasn’t “real acting” and was going to become a stage legend. Guess that didn’t turn out well, huh?
I watched this this morning. Dreyfuss is one of Hollywoods most interesting characters. He just speaks his mind. There’s little doubt that he has an interesting mind and I love listening to him speak.
As much as I love to hear people speak candidly and without fear, and generally admire them for it, I’m starting to understand why Dreyfuss has barely worked in any high profile projects for the last ten years. Maybe he burned a few too many bridges.
Richard Dreyfuss is a hack…he’s lucky to be working. What an asshole.
What a condescending blowhard. This isn’t Crossfire, Dreyfuss. It’s The View. Do your job and pitch the movie.
C.D.S.: “Some people have no fucking class.”
Yes, you’re right. And the people with the least of it, are the ones who say “some people have no fucking class”… because… it’s not classy.
Richard Dreyfuss is a silly fake intellectual who I’d be surprised if he even has a high school diploma. What’s amusing is that he’s considered “smart” in this town.
WOW Crystal Diane Stevens…interpretation is everything. I read your post and was waiting to hate RD. I don’t think he “insulted” Oliver Stone. He said it was 6/8th of a good film and just felt that there was one element missing. It’s a small opinion stated after saying that “It’s a good film.” And, I don’t think he insulted the people of this country. Everything he said is true. That’s why we as a country can’t progress because everytime someone like him expresses what our problem is, people like you get all caught up in the criticism instead of right what’s wrong. I think the filter in your brain could use a wipe down.
Dreyfus is scumbag for going out and burning the film like this while it’s in release. I wonder if there’s anything in his contract that would deem his actions today a breach?
“6/8 of a movie” is the stupidest effing actor bullshit line I’ve ever heard. He’s lucky he was cast. No foreign value, and now a wrinkly old face. Go back to your cave bitch boy.
I was watching this program and had to change the channel after what felt like about 3 days (but was probably more like 45 seconds) of this deluded bore’s rambling. I’m not even sure why this person exists, much less why anyone at The View would think their audience should be subjected to his worthlessness. In a perfect world, he would be exiled to a desert island with Oliver Stone, never to be heard from again.
Which half of the country did he offend? His words struck me as measured and insightful. To say that a film has flaws is not tantamount to insulting the director. “W” by definition is a controversial movie, and like everyone else in America (except conservatives, of course), he is entitled to his opinion.
Seriously, Dreyfus haters. Get a grip. The man is honestly representing his interests and doing nothing out of line.
And what’s so bad about learning civics? Or listening to the “other side”?
Once an actor I highly admired, Richard Dreyfuss has degenerated into a mind-numbing bore. These Hollywood elitists speak authoritatively yet are void of any real intellectual curiosity. Thank you Nikki for yet another comedy routine from that obnoxious group of harpies on “The View.”
Dude he said Oliver Stone was a fascist… I’m pretty sure that’s an insult. I for one this is a very smart guy. He just doesn’t know how and where to put it.
“W” is a good move and Richard Dreyfus is just another self-righteous actor who’s made a good living but forgotten how to live.
He’s upset because Stone didn’t denigrate or demonize Bush but sought to understand how money, drive, blind faith and luck can make a man the President.
Hey “Alexander” lets you and me make a movie. You hire me, pay me handsomely and then watch me shit on your movie while it is still recouping. Go take a civics class with Richard. You deserve each other.
I suspect that RD forgot to take his anti-depression medication that day, He should be grateful to Oliver Stone for giving him a role in such a high class production — when was the last major film he appeared in? So now he turns around and publicly attacks the film and calls Stone a facist? Yep, the others are right — a no class move.
I’m no Republican or even a conservative and it strikes me that people who have a negative reaction to Dreyfuss’ “rant” has a basic problem with hearing someone challenge the American public’s attention span and general awareness of their ability to self govern responsibly.
I applaud Dreyfuss for bringing up the appalling, ever-growing unwillingness to educate ourselves (regardless of age or background) and lack of interest in understanding politics. Intolerance for viewpoints and perspective breeds fear, and this breeds ignorance and hate, which could easily lead to our destruction.
In a country this powerful, to see so many that outright rejects the notion of looking at oneself objectively, we are only setting ourselves up for failure… not strength by the intentional isolation/suppression of intellectualism, communication and active participation in the use of our rights.
And yes, I’m talking to you, Crystal Diane Stevens. I’m sure his message frightened you to the core, hence your usual, completely predictable and consistent attack on any story involving people who receive attention for political criticism via this website and it’s articles. I do wonder, has it registered with you at all yet that there are many of us who EXPECT this of you at this point?
“What about the Greeks?” Joy Behar, your stupidity is dwarfed only by your circumference.
And what’s with you people upset because Dreyfus dared speak his opinion and it didn’t perfectly jibe with Stone’s? It confirms my long-held belief that counter to what many believe it’s actually the left that longs to stifle dissenting opinions and other forms of free speach.
I saw W. The movie was cool, but it seemed to be more about set pieces than tying up a dramatic arc. It was fair and actually sympathetic to its subject, but it left me & several viewers I talked to with the feeling that a lot a good scenes edited together do not make a great movie in total. In that sense, RD is correct.
Measured? No…he’s rambling and pontificating about his opinion- ironic that its on ‘The View’ where that’s all the women on the show do. Yes, teaching civics is important, but tie your opinion back into the film you are there to promote. I’m aggravated for the studio & press team…but then again, why would they have booked Dreyfus to promote anything? Should have figured Dreyfus on ‘The View’ would be a nightmare. Talk about someone who thinks their shit doesn’t stink…
If RD had done the usual “blah blah blah” talk show garbage, nobody outside the “view”ers would have ever heard about it. What he said has us all talking about not only his comments, but about the merits of the film itself. Maybe it’s a good piece of “anti-publicity. Some might be more intrigued about the piece itself, and I seriously doubt anybody who’s planning on seeing the film anyway would say, “well, remember, Dreyfuss said it’s only 6/8 good, so let’s pass.”
It’s hard for me to be offended on Stone’s behalf about the name-calling, as from what I know, I wouldn’t be surprised if Stone, upon being afforded an opportunity to respond directly, would want to debate and explore the subject with RD just for intellectual kicks as opposed to getting defensive or truly offended.
People, people…has no one any clue what a metaphor is? If Dreyfuss says that Oliver Stone is a “fascist”, he simply refers to Stone’s directoral style. Some of the best directors have to push their actors in such a way that the integrity of the film (i.e.: the director’s vision) remains intact. Stone is merely very firm in how he wants his movie to come across. And it’s okay for those who acted in a movie to disagree publicly. (Are we that much in a real fascist society that all dissent is wrong?)
Maybe we need to teach much more than civics in our schools. Critical thinking skills for example, reading comprehension…those basics that allow us to think for ourselves. Anyone who graduates high school not knowing what a metaphor is is only prepared for a life of crime or hard labor. Well, okay…maybe politics as well.
And to those who wonder why anyone would talk about their politics as a guest on The View…ask your wife or girlfriend. That’s what they do on that show regardless of who shows up to their program. Only those who have never watched this show seem to complain that Dreyfuss “overstepped” when he answered questions that he was asked to answer.
Richard is so right. Bush is a war criminal and he is made out by Oliver Stone to seem like a sad sack who did not get enough love from his Daddy. You end up feeling sorry for him instead of outrage!!!!
W. was such a lame portrayal of a very dangerous man who used mock stupidity for his insidious right wing imperialistic agenda in the middle east. There were never WMD’s and Saddam had nothing to do with 911. But Sadaam pissed of George Sr in Kuwait and George Jr. got his eye for an eye. No wonder he is blind as a bat!!
People..there is nothing wrong in being disappointed
in the outcome of a movie you have just help create.
RD’s point of view about the movie and it’s process is worth more than someone peeking in and having an outsiders opinion. The comment about our educational
system..it’s no surprise..LA has a fifty percent drop-out rate. Most students don’t have any understanding of local or federal government. In bringing attention to his dedication is something most people only dream and wish about. He is actively participating for change.
What are you doing?
I’m going to go out on a limb and predict Dreyfuss won’t be getting offered any more studio gigs for a while. Maybe we’ll see him pop up in Saw 7 in a couple of years. That’s where uppity actors like him end up.
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