Robert Davi Praises 'Roseanne' Reboot: Hollywood Usually Shows 'Antithesis' of 'America First'
Actor Robert Davi reacted to the success of the "Roseanne" reboot, which ABC has already renewed for a second (or eleventh) season.
Davi, known best for playing Bond villain Franz Sanchez in "License to Kill" as well as roles in "The Goonies" and "Die Hard," said Roseanne Barr's program was able to "communicate to the American people something that's happening around their living rooms."
In the premiere episode, Barr is at odds with sister Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) over her support for Hillary Clinton after Barr made reference to "making America great again" during a dinnertime grace.
Davi, who now often tours the country singing from the "Great American Songbook" by people like Frank Sinatra, said Hollywood has gotten "a lot worse" when it comes to political tolerance over the past 50 years.
.@RobertJohnDavi: "@therealroseanne always had an every-man appeal, every-woman appeal... A certain essence that she had that cut through political correctness, and here we have 20 years later her reemerging again as a cultural force - and I think it's wonderful." pic.twitter.com/zEqoN8nezt
— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 31, 2018
"Hollywood has always had a certain kind of left-wing leaning," the Queens, N.Y. native said. "[they often have] a mindset or a worldview that is an antithesis of what we're seeing today in terms of 'America First'."
David Asman asked Davi how conservative-leaning actors and producers like himself are able to continue to get work while they hold views that oppose the collective ideology of the region.
interestingly @therealroseanne show is proof decision makers in NY & LA are fringeaholics out of touch with majority of #Americans & would rather eat their own young than admit prejudicial bias against working class-they program for themselves(the elite )not everyday Americans
— Robert Davi (@RobertJohnDavi) March 29, 2018
Davi added that it is important that people that can afford to speak up in Hollywood do so.
He said that, in the 1950s, "Godfather" actor Sterling Hayden was a key member of the Communist Party, and that Ronald Reagan "crashed a party" Hayden and other top actors were attending.
Davi said actor John Garfield stood up for Reagan - who was apparently the only conservative in the room - and demanded the crowd let the future president speak.
He said Hayden later called Reagan a "one man wrecking crew," making the point that even a single voice can and must be heard to promote good discourse.
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