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Last updated on March 6th, 2018 at 12:30 am
Harrison Ford last year:
“I’m very disturbed about the direction American foreign policy is going,” said Ford, according to the Australian Associated Press.
“I don’t think military intervention is the correct solution,” he said. “I regret what we as a country have done so far.”
And Harrison Ford now:
Harrison Ford is set to play one of the main characters in the first major film about the war in Iraq.
Variety reports that the film will be based on the upcoming book ‘No True Glory: The Battle for Fallujah’, which will be published next May.
Ford is to play Jim Mattis, the General who led the US assault on Fallujah following the murder of four Americans.
- $$$Posted by guinsPen on 12/17 at 05:48 PM • permalink
- is chewbacca going to be his 2IC ?Posted by FusterCluck on 12/17 at 05:54 PM • permalink
- This most be the principled stands that David Stratton was talking about…Posted by Quentin George on 12/17 at 05:57 PM • permalink
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- Greedo? A little film called Star Wars, maybe you’ve heard of it?Posted by Jim Treacher on 12/17 at 08:16 PM • permalink
- This is Greedo.Posted by Quentin George on 12/17 at 08:32 PM • permalink
- I remember when Harrison Ford used to say that celebrities refrain from making political comments in the media.Posted by James Hamilton on 12/17 at 08:35 PM • permalink
- OT, with apologies:
British Columbia, the Canadian province where I live, just announced that it will hold a referendum in May ‘05 on whether or not we should move to PR-SVT which stands for “proportional representation-single transferable vote.”
It’s a voting system whereby candidates get points because the voters rank them in order, and so the “losing” candidates in a riding may still be elected.
It also appears to be quite complex, and only the computers can tell who wins.
Anyway, it struck me as similar to what you Aussies had in your own recent elections and I’d like to hear your opinions on it, if you think they’re relevant. I’d like to blog the topic too, so I would really appreciate hearing firsthand impressions from those who have experienced it.
Thanks if you can help. The best post on my own blog at which to leave comments is here. Thx again.Posted by localharbor on 12/17 at 09:21 PM • permalink
STV with multi-member constituencies produces representation roughly in proportion to votes cast, which might be considered desirable in terms of “fairness” even if it produces government by permanent coalition and the tyranny of the centre. At least voters get to choose between candidates of the same party, rather than leaving that power in the hands of the party (as in the party lists system which we operate in the UK for European elections and which I find profoundly undemocratic).
Beware though. As the size of multi-member constituencies shrinks in size under STV, the proportionality becomes cruder, until in the limit, when each consituency has just a single seat (ATV or Alternate Tranferable Vote), the system works simply to elect the candidate that fewest voters want least rather than the one that most want most (as under the First Past the Post system), which is neither “fair” nor “effective”.
i guess there would be quite a few million deaths when both Death Stars went up (although he wasn’t directly responsible for either of them). Then there was a couple of truckloads of Nazis, a few dozen members of a Hindu death cult, a handful of IRA terrorists, some Columbians and a few chaps from the Russian mafia.
All in all I don’t think there are enough people in the world, let alone in Iraq, for the marines to rub out to match that list.Posted by FusterCluck on 12/17 at 10:36 PM • permalink
- I’d like to think that Harrison Ford is merely supporting the war effort, regardless of whether he thinks it was a mistake or not. But I’d guess that’d be a interpretation based on hope rather than evidence.
I was a little surprised at Ford being opposed to the war. I thought that actors who play action roles tend to be conservative (Schwarzenegger, Eastwood, Mel Gibson(?), Charles Heston(?))
(Yeah, I’ve heard Mel Gibson is wobbly on the war, but that’s probably more because his parents think the invasion was some sort of Jewish/Israeli plot rather than him being a pacifist)
- Ford has the right to his opinion. I think he’s wrong, but he stated it calmly, no expletives needed to be deleted and he didn’t name call.
He’s a movie star and this is a part in a movie. We don’t know if the character will be sympathetic to our campaign to bring democracy to Iraq or not.
Let’s wait and see.
Remember those movie stars who have been strident America haters and Bush bashers. Let’s make sure we don’t patronize their movies. Like Whoopie, Tim, Susan, Alec, etc.
- Blurp I don’t. I will not watch any film with any of those cretins in them.Posted by Andrew Ian Dodge on 12/18 at 01:05 AM • permalink
- I’m sorry. Does anyone care what Harrison Ford thinks about anything? Um, no. I notice a trend though. People who used to be POOR but are now so rich they no longer remember what real people live like – always seem to be pacifists. Why is that? Us ‘po’ people don’t want war or needless suffering either – ‘cept we remember what suffering is like. Not real suffering – like living under a brutal dictator. Just normal suffering – like through one of Harrison Ford’s latest movies.Posted by kitkat92470 on 12/18 at 02:11 AM • permalink
- I think I would prefer Chewbacca to play the lead role.Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 12/18 at 02:25 AM • permalink
- Taking a page from Ben Affleck, Ford is looking for a way to prove the relief workers in Fallujah were butchered by white, right-wing extremists, to reflect the socially conscious changes that were made in Affleck’s The Sum of All Fears…Posted by richard mcenroe on 12/18 at 02:39 AM • permalink
- I think tim and Harrison would get along fine during a long LUNCH with expensive WINE.Posted by Some0Seppo on 12/18 at 02:48 AM • permalink
- I think Harrison will look a little silly as a general officer with a pouty lower lip and a sympathetic head tilt.
I’m sure the movie will have a “Why Are We Here?”-type tone with plenty of scenes of the contemplative and reflective lead characters versus the redneck Rambo types. Another movie to skip.
I didn’t see his photo on the “I’m Sorry” website, so I’m sure one of his people were there taking his place.
- “No True Glory: The Battle for Fallujah”
Well, that title sure makes me confident of a balanced, accurate, fair portrayal.
“I’ve heard Mel Gibson is wobbly on the war, but that’s probably more because his parents think the invasion was some sort of Jewish/Israeli plot rather than him being a pacifist”
His parents? Given Mel’s rather, ahhh, colorful philosophical musings, I’d say the apple fell right at the trunk of that tree. That’s why he’s the only non-left-winger on my personal Hollywood blacklist (I can’t call him a right-winger – what is he? Nut-wing?)
- So who plays Kerry telling the world al-Sadr is “a real voice in the region”?
At least Ford is moving up in the world. Remember when he played the smarmy aid to the general at the start of Apocalypse Now?
These people are saving me so much money on movies…Posted by richard mcenroe on 12/18 at 04:11 AM • permalink
- I expect a fair number of actors, writers, directors, etc. in Hollywood parrot the socially conscious line in order not to offend the truly committed moonbats they have to work with. They sacrifice a little dignity and credibility for the big bucks, in other words. No need to take them seriously. They’re there to entertain us, and as long as they do that adequately, I don’t give a rat’s patoot what they think about anything.
- Hollywood types like Harrison Ford would dance on their dead mothers if it would help their careers by one centimeter.Posted by marknicodemo on 12/18 at 11:34 AM • permalink
- The movie is about the first assault on Fallujah, the one they were ordered to start and then half way through it they were ordered to withdraw. They had to wait untill after the presidential elections to finish the job. I can only imagine that would be a bit frustrating, no?
The movie is based on a book written by a Marine veteran and current Iraq war correspondent, who will adapt the book for the movie with his son, who is himself a Marine rifleman.
I don’t see how anyone who hasen’t read the book because it’s not even out slam on the movie adaption just because it might star harrison Ford, who’s not even signed on to it yet. Somebody want to stop that knee from jerking?
- Darth Vader would make a cool insurgent.
And C-3PO could be an embedded journalist.
I’m having way too much fun with this one…..Posted by FusterCluck on 12/18 at 03:40 PM • permalink
- His parents? Given Mel’s rather, ahhh, colorful philosophical musings, I’d say the apple fell right at the trunk of that tree.
You could say that, but I can’t possibly comment.
That’s why he’s the only non-left-winger on my personal Hollywood blacklist (I can’t call him a right-winger – what is he? Nut-wing?)