Actress Susan Sarandon, who stars in the new film Jeff, Who Lives At Home, says she has been targetted with death threats for her political views
Susan Sarandon, the 65-year-old Oscar-winning actress, says she has received death threats for her political views.
New Yorker Sarandon, who won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 1995 film Dead Man Walking, starred most recently as a widowed mother in Jeff, Who Lives At Home. She was asked by Metro what impact had her political activism had on her career, and replied: "I don't know but certainly leading up to the Iraq war, when I was asking unpopular questions, there were lots of attacks from the hate radio jocks asking for something to be done about me. I had death threats. There were people who felt, thanks to the republican papers, I was un-American. "
The actress, who has presented political documentaries on PBS television, added: "The good news, and bad news, is Hollywood isn't political. You stand more chance of losing work if you're old or fat than you do if you're political. I'm sure people have formed opinions about me because I have been outspoken but it's like being worried if your slip is showing when you're fleeing a burning building. I'd never dream of telling people what to think but there are very few sources challenging the view of the corporate media. Corporations have such a vested interest in certain things happening, you can't take what they say as the truth all the time. Look at the recent scandals in Britain with phone hacking."
Asked about the movie business, she said: "It's much more corporate and less run by individuals. Decisions are made from a banking perspective by people who do not necessarily have imaginations or a sense of film."----
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