Ridley Scott is a rare voice in Hollywood, and is going against the grain with his vocal support of the President Trump and the GOP’s tax plan with an explanation for how it works.
The Blade Runner, Gladiator and Alien director was among the first to respond to the sexual harassment allegations against Kevin Spacey by proactively replacing the disgraced actor with Christopher Plummer in All The Money In The World just weeks before the movie’s release. It was the right move, and the actor earned a Golden Globe nomination for his performance.
Scott is now speaking out about Trump’s tax reform bill, with a position contrary to his Hollywood counterparts. He supports it.
Speaking to the Denver Post, Scott was asked to comment on his newly released movie, which carries themes of class struggles, the role of wealth in society, and the value of human life. The interviewer, John Wenzel, asked Scott: “Do you think there’s anything to be learned from it at this moment in America?”
“Well, let’s take the tax bill,” the director replied. “People say [Republicans] are doing it for the wealthy class. What they forget is if you get a clever, unselfish business person — I don’t care if it’s a corner store or a big business — who’s suddenly saving 15 percent, they’ll put it back in this business.”
“Then you’re going to get growth and therefore [people] will get employed,” Scott continued. “My concern is with the elderly, the infirm and the youth who need to have chances and shots for every level, and equality in education. But you have to use it. You have to get your (expletive) head down and use it.”
Wenzel probed Scott’s origins, suggesting that he “benefited from some help early on” in his career.
“I’m a natural-born hunter because that’s who I am,” Scott replied. “No one taught me that. I started from scratch. I arrived in Hollywood with a wristwatch and stayed at the YMCA. You have to learn the curve.”
“Don’t (expletive) moan about it. It’s about doing. There’s always a way in. I used to lay concrete on runways for an Irish company when I was a student. I packed drywall. My parents didn’t have the money to help me out. But they were very supportive of anything I wanted to do,” said the director.
In addition to his science fiction and fantasy fare, Ridley Scott has produced and directed a number of patriotic films, including Black Hawk Down and Gettysburg.
Source: Denver Post.