Why Mark Hamill Gets Upset When Trump Is Compared To Darth Vader

Mark Hamill Darth Vader

Star Wars star Mark Hamill revealed why he gets upset when people compare political figures like Donald Trump and Dick Cheney to movie villain Darth Vader. It’s no surprise hearing Hamill give his opinion on topics both political and pop cultural, as the actor has become one of the most outspoken – and popular – figures on Twitter.

Sometimes Hamill’s uncensored remarks have even gotten him in trouble, as when he talked about his role in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and revealed that he clashed with writer-director Rian Johnson over the way Luke Skywalker was handled in the movie. Never shy about giving his takes on the Star Wars saga, Hamill also – humorously – said that Boba Fett should be revealed as Skywalker’s mother. Sometimes Hamill dips his toe into political waters as well, as when he suggested U.S. President Donald Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star should be replaced by one honoring his late co-star Carrie Fisher. Hamill also once trolled the president by reading his notorious tweets in the voice of the Joker, the character Hamill has played for decades in various Batman animated properties.

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In his latest take, the ever-opinionated Hamill once again took on Donald Trump. Speaking to the Washington Post’s Cape Up Podcast with Jonathan Capehart, Hamill discussed why it bothers him when people compare real-life political figures like Trump and former Vice President Dick Cheney to the fictional bad guy Vader. In Hamill’s view, there is really no comparison between Vader and Trump or Cheney, because ultimately Vader’s story arc led to redemption, while according to Hamill the jury is still out on the current president and former VP. Hamill said:

“I really get upset then when people compare [Trump], or even [former vice president] Dick Cheney, to Darth Vader, because Darth Vader repented. He saw the error of his ways. I don’t see either one of them [Cheney or Trump] doing that.”

Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader in Star Wars Return of the Jedi

Of course, in the Star Wars saga, villainous Vader began life as the gifted young Jedi good guy Anakin Skywalker. As depicted in George Lucas’ prequel trilogy, Anakin eventually goes over to the Dark Side of the Force and becomes the pupil of the evil Emperor Palpatine. But Vader’s fall from grace finally leads him back to the light as, in the original Star Wars trilogy, the galaxy’s ultimate bad guy turns on Palpatine and shares a final moment of redemption with his son Luke (whom he previously tried to turn to the Dark Side).

So though Darth Vader reigns in pop culture as one of the most recognizable bad guys of all-time, his story is arguably less about his evil deeds and more about his ability to redeem himself in the end. In Hamill’s view then, when people hold up Vader as an example of a bad guy against which to compare real life figures who are largely disliked, it doesn’t ring entirely true. No doubt, many will take Hamill to task for his latest jab against President Trump. But there’s no question that Hamill at least has a firm grasp on his Star Wars lore, which should come as no surprise given his deep personal connection to the material.

More: The Last Jedi Was Great (But Still Ruined Star Wars Fandom)

Source: Cape Up Podcast

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2018-12-28 01:12:25

The Daily Show Posts Trump’s 87-Page Mueller Response

The Daily Show posts a comedic take on President Donald Trump’s 87-page “response” to the upcoming report by special prosecutor Robert Mueller. In the last two years, the realm of politics and the realm of entertainment have become more and more intertwined, much to the chagrin of many that would prefer the two topics not intersect. While political scandals have long been a target for late night hosts, there is unquestionably more humor revolving around Washington D.C. on TV today than at any other time in history.

It’s not hard to understand why though, when one considers who the president currently is. Donald Trump has spent the majority of his adult life in the public eye, first as a flashy New York City businessman, then as the host of hit reality TV show The Apprentice, and now as the leader of the free world. Trump in many ways still operates more like a tabloid celebrity than a politician, constantly targeting insults at his enemies on Twitter, and attempting to turn every major moment of his presidency into a televised spectacle, such as the Supreme Court nominations of Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.

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For most of his time as president, Trump, members of his campaign, and members of his administration have been under investigation by Robert Mueller, a special prosecutor appointed following Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey under questionable circumstances. With the 2018 midterm elections now in the rearview mirror, reports suggest Mueller’s team will soon release their full report concerning whether or not Trump colluded with Russia during the 2016 election, and whether or not Trump obstructed justice over the course of the investigation. Recently, Trump took to Twitter to rail against the unreleased report, insisting that his legal team will prepare a rebuttal, and have already completed 87 pages worth of it. The Daily Show responded to that declaration by producing a comedic version of Trump’s response to Mueller in the form of a Twitter thread, the first post of which can be seen below. Click the above link to see the whole thing.

As can be seen when viewing the full thread, The Daily Show’s take on Trump’s potential response to Mueller’s report is simply 87 pages of screenshots from Fox News programs. Much of Trump’s time at the White House day to day is famously spent watching the conservative cable news network, and there are multiple documented cases of the president tweeting out statements that echo those made by Fox News hosts just minutes earlier. It makes perfect sense that Trump might fall back on reporting he’s seen on his favorite channel when trying to explain his defense to Mueller’s probable claims.

Obviously, the above attempt by The Daily Show to spoof President Trump’s response to Mueller is unlikely to find much appreciation from Trump supporters, or his Republican colleagues. That’s to be expected though, as The Daily Show – even under prior long-serving host Jon Stewart – has never really attempted to hide its general bias toward liberal politics, a stance that has only gotten more clear since Trump took office during the Trevor Noah era.

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2018-12-08 05:12:52

SNL Distances Themselves from Kanye West During Weekend Update

The week after Kanye West’s unaired pro-Trump ramblings during the season 44 premiere of Saturday Night Live, a few of the show’s cast members have made their feelings regarding the incident clear. Though Leslie Jones had previously expressed hope that the show might steer away from politics, that definitely wasn’t the case with this episode, which began with Matt Damon guest starring as Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings. And things only got more political from there.

West, who performed as the musical guest for the Adam Driver-hosted episode, donned a “Make America Great Again” hat for his final performance of the night. While performing “Ghost Town” with Kid Cudi and 070 Shake, the rapper invited the SNL members up on stage to close out the night. Though the cameras were off by this point, West apparently took a break from singing to launch into an aimless rant that touched on Donald Trump, slavery, and the media that was captured by audience members like Chris Rock. A week later, the Weekly Update team was joined on air by Pete Davidson to discuss what happened.

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Davidson began by commenting on West’s mental health and calling West’s speech “one of the worst, most awkward things” he’s ever experienced while working on the show, comparing it to an encounter with Chevy Chase. Davidson refutes West’s claim that he was bullied for wearing the MAGA hat but pointed out that everyone wears “stupid” things, including himself.

The comedian continued, addressing West’s belief that slavery isn’t real, and pointing out how wrong that is. He added that West is “a genius, but like, a musical genius,” thus insinuating that he doesn’t want to hear about politics from the rapper. Davidson then addressed the importance of mental health, albeit in joke form. West expressed that the person he is now is “the real” him, because he isn’t taking prescription medications. Davidson, who has been open about his own struggles with bipolar disorder, encouraged West to reconsider getting on medication, mentioning how well it works for him. He sent his point home with a well-received statement: “Being mentally ill is not an excuse to act like a jacka**.”

This is far from the first time that West has pushed the buttons of his peers in the entertainment community: a reference to the sunken place from Get Out sparked a tweet from the film’s writer and director Jordan Peele. He also hilariously sparked comparisons to Avengers: Infinity War big bad Thanos last month. West has been on SNL in the past, and this probably isn’t enough to earn him a ban, but considering his choice to shut down his social media accounts following the incident, he may not be willing to go back in the future.

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2018-10-07 01:10:58 – Becca Bleznak

Hillary Clinton’s Madam Secretary Cameo, New Details Revealed

Hillary Clinton will be appearing on an upcoming episode of Madam Secretary, and details have been released ahead of the season 5 premiere. The CBS political drama stars Téa Leoni as Elizabeth McCord, a former CIA analyst who assumes the position of Secretary of State following the mysterious death of her predecessor. The series, which is executive produced by Lori McCreary, has drawn generally positive reviews and has commented on many of the real-life issues facing the U.S. government.

Though Leoni’s Secretary McCord has been compared to Clinton, the 2016 presidential candidate has not appeared on the series before now. Madeleine Albright, who held the position of Secretary of State under Clinton’s husband’s administration, appeared in a season 2 episode of the series. It was first announced in July that Albright, Clinton, and another former Secretary of State, Colin Powell, would make an appearance in this episode. Now, just days before the premiere, some insight into what went on behind-the-scenes has been shared.

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TVLine reports that, during a set visit last month, McCreary and stars Keith Carradine and Erich Bergen revealed what it was like to have Clinton and the other former Secretaries of State on set. McCreary recalls that the politicians were giving with their “time and energy,” adding “it was really an honor that they would spend their time with us.” Carradine, who stars on the show as U.S. President Dalton, shared a funny moment with Clinton, in which she referred to him as “Mr. President.” In fact, he says that all of the Secretaries of State referred to him as such, noting their “spirit of play” on set.

But possibly the most intriguing anecdote comes from Bergen, who plays Blake Moran, personal assistant to Secretary McCord. Bergen has a background in musical theater, which also happens to be a passion of Clinton’s. While chatting with the politician on set, Bergen learned that she knew of his role in the show Waitress, and told him she “was a big fan of Smash,” a musical drama that aired on NBC and was canceled after just two seasons.

Though this is Clinton’s first time on this particular show, it’s not her first time playing a version of herself on T. In fact, it’s not even her first time this year. In the first episode of the revival of Murphy Brown, Clinton shared a moment with the eponymous journalist, making a joke about her emails. The episode also featured a fake Twitter conversation with U.S. President Donald Trump. And, in 2016, Clinton made a brief appearance on Broad City, taking a selfie with Abbi and Ilana at her campaign headquarters in New York.

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Madam Secretary season 5 premieres on Sunday, October 7 on CBS.

Source: TVLine

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2018-10-05 06:10:30 – Becca Bleznak

Theory: Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Is A Trump Version Of Batman

The Joker origin movie just keeps getting weirder and weirder, but does its latest development reveal its hand: is Todd Phillip’s prequel really exploring Batman in relation to President Trump? The prospect of a Joker movie outside of the DCEU with Joaquin Phoenix as the Clown Prince of Crime was first floated a year ago, and despite a lot of movement on the project – it’s now set for an October 2019 release – there’s still a lot of confusion about what it actually is.

A movie once set to be executive produced by Martin Scorsese from the director of The Hangover starring a brusque arthouse actor that exists alongside the shared universe canon take from Jared Leto, Joker is certainly an odd proposition. What little story details there are suggests that it will take inspiration from The King of Comedy and The Killing Joke, with character descriptions that are a world away from what you’d typically expect from Mr. J.

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Everything has been made even weirder by the casting of Alec Baldwin as Thomas Wayne, father of future Batman Bruce. Baldwin has reinvigorated his career playing President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, a role he’s already referenced with a short cameo in BlacKkKlansman and appears to be the reference point for his Wayne. While this may seem bizarre, put alongside those ambiguous character descriptions it may just explain what’s going: Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker is a warped, “What If?” Batman.

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Joker’s Thomas Wayne Is 1980s Trump

The report of Baldwin’s casting describes this version of Thomas Wayne as a “cheesy and tanned businessman who is more in the mold of a 1980s Donald Trump“. That’s not new for Baldwin, of course, and neither is it new for Joker. A previously reported character description for who was then known as “Mr. Warner”:

MR. WARNER Supporting Male (60-70) [MR. WARNER] male, Caucasian, 60s, a deeply-tanned, hair dyed so black it was almost blue, highly successful, New York City businessman, rumored to be running for Mayor. He’s a public figure in the city and a symbol of wealth [STRONG SUPPORTING]

Although he was originally suspected to be Rupert Thorne, Baldwin’s age range and Trump comparison definitely make it seem like Mr. Warner was the casting name for Thomas Wayne. That would, in turn, reveal a little about his role in the film: he’s a key supporting player with high power aspirations (mirroring how Donald Trump discussed running for President decades prior to the 2016 election).

There are multiple ways that this version of Thomas Wayne could fit into the story. For one, if the movie is told from the Joker’s fractured view on the world, then conflating a successful businessman with someone as distinct and controversial as Trump would be a natural skewed extension. Additionally, having such a known figure linked to this role beelines into a commentary on 1980s excess and inflated wealth; both The King of Comedy and The Killing Joke see protagonists transformed by their overreaching aspirations. However, it may go deeper – and more personal – than that.

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Joker May Be Thomas Wayne’s Son

Now, here’s where the character descriptions reveal something new. Phoenix’s character is supposedly called Arthur Fleck, a man who returns to Gotham to care for his aging mother. That role is described as “very attractive in her youth“, “obsessed with her former employer” and unable to believe “this is what her life has come to“.

At the time, it was theorized that Fleck could be the illegitimate son of the Mr. Warner role, then speculated and now confirmed to be Thomas Wayne. There’s no direct evidence of this, but the suggestion of Fleck’s mother’s youth and subsequent fall from grace being important would certainly line up with the descriptions of Thomas and strengthen any class discussion the movie will be making.

That possibility is mainly eye-catching because it would turn the Joker into Batman’s half-brother, a new twist on the diametrically opposed Gotham forces: even if Bruce Wayne doesn’t play a role, it would seem to suggest that good and evil come from the same origin point, perhaps a new twist on The Killing Joke and its “one bad day” motif. However, could it be something deeper? Could Joker be Batman?

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Theory: Joker Is “What If Batman Was The Son Of Trump?”

Already, it appears that the movie is posing the question of “what if Thomas Wayne was corrupt and deceitful instead of altruistic?” He’s evidently unfaithful and has an illegitimate kid, while any Trump comparisons coming out of Hollywood are not going to be flattering to say the least.

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But, assuming Arthur Fleck is his son, these parallels also appear to extend to the offspring; just as Bruce left Gotham to train and returned to find the city worse than ever, so too do the character descriptions state that Fleck starts Joker coming home and finding a dire landscape. The distinction comes in where they return to, and that life stems from Thomas’ character and treatment of them; Bruce was cared for even after his father’s death, while Arthur’s mother has been cast aside and left to die. It would seem that Thomas’ personality and actions are, ultimately, what lead to the creation of his son’s true form: be that Joker or Batman.

It wouldn’t be too extreme an extension for this ruthless Thomas to not have a Marta or a Bruce, and for the film to essentially posit that Joker is the natural endpoint for Batman when Thomas Wayne is Trump. It’s an extreme case of nurture over nature, showing how Joker comes not from innate psychosis but mistreatment (bad people aren’t born bad, a sly refute of Trump’s immigration policy, perhaps), and conversely nudging how Batman comes from just a kernel of true goodness.

This is certainly bold, but it would explain the level of talent that the film has attracted, the easy justification for a Batman-less Batman villain movie (a hurdle Venom is currently wrapped around) and lines up almost perfectly with Phillips’ previous film, weapon-dealing comedy-thriller War Dogs. Again, there’s no hard evidence, but the potential thematic coal to be mined is actually there.

Joker Is Going To Be A Trump-Era Batman Film

Joker is, by the nature of production, the first Trump-era Batman film. Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy was heavily influenced by the Presidency of George W. Bush (The Dark Knight) and the financial crash (The Dark Knight Rises), while Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice similarly took cues from the previous Republican government (“if we believe there’s even a one percent chance that he is our enemy we have to take it as an absolute certainty“). Making a movie in 2019, Todd Phillips is going into new territory, a world of greater divides, confusion and extremes – and is directly responding to that.

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Whether or not he goes quite as deep in its exploration of the character as we’ve theorized, Baldwin’s casting makes at least some flirting with the current political climate in America unavoidable. Initially, the decision to set Joker in the 1980s felt like a nostalgic move, a shortcut to evoking Scorsese’s classic work in the crime genre. However, if a Trump-like figure is at the core of Arthur Fleck’s descent, then it has a much more clear and present purpose. The business practices of the 1980s directly led to the 2008 crash and the state of the world today. If Trump, even inadvertently, creates the Joker, then it’s a damning indictment on the effects of his very real Presidency.

What is the Joker movie? Is it a Scorsese homage? A gritty Elseworlds tale? A Trump takedown? It may actually be all three – and that’s very interesting.

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