In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the actor discussed his career, his decision to live outside of Hollywood and his upbringing. The 69-year-old Oscar nominee was raised outside Pittsburgh for devoted parents involved in local democratic politics. Over the years, his upbringing and fame led Keaton into various political circles, including introduction Barack Obama at a campaign event in Montana as he ran for president. He also campaigned in Pennsylvania for Joe Biden last year.
However, he said to the outlet that he does not try to toot too much about politics. He argues that his perspective from living in a more rural part of America, specifically his ranch in Montana, taught him that famous people can polarize in political circles.
“I learned a long time ago you’re doing more harm because you’re famous,” Keaton explained. “I’ve told people you do not want me there. They will go, ‘Of course he took his Hollywood friend with him.’ Do you know what people forget? We were all just some person somewhere in Cincinnati or in Ottawa or in Cleveland. “
Despite feeling that his presence could have an unintended negative effect on people’s political opinions, Keaton spoke out against the former president Donald Trump a handful of times in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election. In August, he took to Instagram to urge Trump to step down ahead of the election, noting that it would be a “”very patriotic“move. Closer to the election, he criticized Trump again for his performance in his debate against Biden and called on the then Democratic candidate to simply decide not to bother debating the president in the future.
Even Keaton’s upcoming film “Worth” on, Netflix has its political leanings. The story sees Keaton portray lawyer Kenneth Feinberg, the real man who took on the huge task of spreading the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. Among the film’s producers are Barack and Michelle Obama, whose production company, Higher Ground, acquired the film as part of its partnership with the streaming giant in February.
Keaton noted that the story fit into the kind of projects Obama has wanted to tell through their Netflix partnership, specifically a time in America where bipartisanship was present just 20 years ago.
“I was just talking to Ken Feinberg yesterday and we both said, unfortunately, that this could probably never happen now,” Keaton told the outlet. “No one had time to stop, even to think about it [political party]. It was a crisis. “
Slightly contrary to his previous statement on politics, he added: “Without sounding really pretentious … I have a job that can actually change something or at least make people think about something or feel something. So when I saw that, I thought, ‘That’s a good thing. This one, for sure. We were all, if you have a pulse, affected by 9/11.’ “
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