Hollywood Republicans to avoid the cinematic turkey that was An American Carol , but that doesn’t mean the venerable actor isn’t willing to speak out about his political opinions. This week, Duvall attended a $1,500-a-head GOP fundraiser where he was tasked with introducing vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, and the actor let loose with a series of left-bashing statements that would place him firmly on the elder side of the McCain/Letterman War of ’08 :
“On the other side of the aisle, you have some pretty despicable people,” [he said]. Duvall called out liberal NYT columnist Frank Rich, a former theater critic: “He knew nothing about acting.” Then there was the time he met Gloria Steinem: “She totally ignored the woman standing behind me. Totally ignored her. So much for her feminism.” Duvall was more restrained when it came to Barack Obama: “As far as I’m concerned, we’ve got to keep this guy out of the White House.”
Duvall was immediately besieged by scripts from the reps of Jon Cryer and the dude from The Cutting Edge , each actor proposing a “buddy Western” in which Duvall and the C-lister of his choice would ride around D.C. and Manhattan on horseback, lassoing liberals together before vying for the attention of the shrill, blond-streaked little lady from the ranch next door.