Election 2008


Movie Tough Guys Flex Political Muscle

February 10, 2008 11:27 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
TV and cinema action stars have a history of successful forays into politics, both as candidates and as supporters.

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On Jan. 31, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger voiced his support for presidential candidate John McCain. The former action hero said that McCain “has proven over and over again that he is reaching across the aisle in order to get things done.”

But Schwarzenegger is not the “Last Action Hero” (or the first, for that matter) to make inroads into politics.

Chuck Norris, martial arts champion and star of action films, writes a column on religion and politics for WorldNetDaily in which he wrote that “true patriots” do not shy away from talking about those topics. Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee enlisted him as a campaign spokesperson. In their ad together, Huckabee said that Norris “tells America how it’s going to be.”

The John McCain campaign got Sylvester Stallone to join its cause last month. In an interview on Fox News, Stallone called the former POW candidate “the real Rambo.”

Former pro wrestler and actor Jesse Ventura, who starred alongside Schwarzenegger in the 1987 sci-fi horror movie “Predator,” surprised pundits by becoming Minnesota governor in 1998. The selling point of the third-party candidate’s campaign was that “he was not a career politician.”

He told the Associated Press in 2005 that he was considering running for president in 2008, but would feel pinned down because he “wouldn’t be able to get up in the night and drive to the 7-11 for a Slurpee” while in office.

In a 2003 open letter to Schwarzenegger published in Time magazine, Ventura gave advice to his fellow “Predator”: “Think about what you want to say, and talk from your heart. Scripts are for actors.”

Headline Link: ‘Schwarzenegger Backs McCain for President’

Historical Context: ‘The Rifleman Meets Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev’

Biography: Past political tough guys

Arnold Schwarzenegger
Chuck Norris
Sylvester Stallone
Jesse Ventura

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