It’s not unusual for actors or musicians to get involved in activities outside their professional field, as neither it is to have them go vocal about what they believe to be wrong or right. Despite the impressive number of celebrities who flocked to show their support for one presidential candidate or another this past year, Mickey Rourke thinks that he should be the only actor allowed to talk politics, and he’s not shy about saying it out loud.
Now that his performance in “The Wrestler” has gotten full critical approval with his win at the 2009 Golden Globes the other night, the controversial actor is on his way to campaigning heavily for the awards season that has just kicked off. Never the one to back down from a verbal fight, or to keep his beliefs to himself, Mickey has just spoken to GQ, coming to George W. Bush’s defense and telling other fellow actors to put a sock in it because they have no idea what they’re talking about.
“Actors should shut up about politics, because they tend to be ill-informed finger-pointers who just cozy up to some flavor-of-the-month liberal, you know?” Rourke said. While he’s not plainly saying that only he would be entitled to tackle such a delicate subject as politics is, seeing how he just keeps going could be a pretty good indication for it.
“I was in London recently and I couldn’t believe all these hate-talking fanatics you have over here who are allowed to carry on doing their thing even when a bus full of women and children gets blown to pieces.” the actor continued by saying, pointing a critical finger at the British government for upholding freedom of speech.
As for the man who is soon to become ex-President of the US, and who has had more than his fair share of criticism for his actions, he was just misunderstood, Rourke believes. “President Bush was in the wrong place at the wrong time, I don’t know how anyone could have handled this situation. I don’t give a [expletive] who’s in office, Bush or whoever, there is no simple solution to this problem… I’m not one of those who blames Bush for everything. This [expletive] between Christians and Muslims goes back to the Crusades, doesn’t it.” Rourke said, speaking about the 9/11 attacks.