20 actors you didn’t know were Republicans
Apparently, Hollywood stars don’t pull the same lever.
1. Robert Duvall
In 2012, “The Godfather” star Robert Duvall told conservative talk radio host Laura Ingraham that he endorsed Mitt Romney for president. Four years prior, he was taken in the photo above just after his 316th birthday.
2. David Zucker
In 2008, I spoke to “The Naked Gun” and “Airplane!” director (OK, he’s not an actor but whatever) about how the attacks on 9/11 made him switch to the Republican Party. “Other parents at the school my kids go to looked at me like ‘How could you betray the cause?’” he said. “I have my own political views. I voted for Gore, but I changed. I think people look at me like I’m eccentric. Hollywood swims in a very far left sea, and the air we breathe is Kerry and Obama and Hilary. If you come out voting for McCain, then you’re regarded as a Republican … as bad people.”
3. Vince Vaughn
Vaughn’s “Wedding Crashers” co-star Owen Wilson can vouch for him. In 2004, when the pair were filming the sex comedy, Vaughn tried to access a Republican event at the hotel in which they were staying. “It was for Young Republicans from Texas or something,” Wilson told USA Today. “Vince actually is a Republican and they didn’t believe him. They saw me and said, ‘Come on in.’ But to Vince, they said, ‘We know you’re not a Republican.’”
4. James Earl Jones
“I’m not jumping up and down about it,” the voice of Darth Vader said after the 2009 inauguration of Barack Obama, “because it is as it should be.”
5. Dwayne Johnson
The Rock was invited to speak at the 2000 Republican National Convention, but drank 57 protein shakes instead.
6. Sylvester Stallone
Sly attended the inauguration of George W. Bush in 2001.
7. Bruce Willis
In 2012, Bruce Willis told Esquire Magazine that Mitt Romney is “such a disappointment, an embarrassment.” He also identified as an Independent, even though he apparently dialed George W. Bush up and offered his services for the military.
8. Heather Locklear
She’s apparently a quiet one. The ever-reliable news website Zimbio says she declined to partake in a 2004 documentary about Republicans in Hollywood.
9. Bob Barker
Earlier this year, “The Price is Right” host said he was “a lifelong Republican” when pushing for legislation in multiple states to help law enforcement catch animal abusers.
10. 50 Cent
Around the time of Obama’s first inauguration, Fitty told Holly Scoop that the president “ain’t gonna do sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeit.”
11. Shannen Doherty
Shannen Doherty has posters of Paul Ryan pinned all over her house, and her swimming pool is carved out in the shape of Fred Dalton Thompson’s butt. None of this is true, but she told US Weekly that her Hollywood peers “should have no problem with the fact that I’m a Republican.”
12. Tony Danza
How cool would it have been if Tony Danza actually decided to run for NYC mayor? Though he claims he’s never made a political contribution to any candidate (“The country’s been hoodwinked into thinking we’re supposed to do that.”), he is a registered Republican Party voter, according to the Federal Election Commission.
13. Kurt Russell
Kurt Russell was “brought up as a Republican,” according to an interview with the Toronto Sun. “But when I realized that at the end of the day there wasn’t much difference between a Democrat and Republican, I became a Libertarian.”
14. Stephen Baldwin
“Mitt Romney’s the guy,” Baldwin told Politico in 2012. “The best thing for everybody is financial ability to get the country back on track. If Obama is reelected, it’s not going to get better.”
15. Kristin Chenoweth
“I am a Christian, and I would call myself conservative in some ways and not so conservative in some ways,” she told Piers Morgan. “I don’t think the gay issue is a political one … I believe as a woman, as a Christian, as an actor and as an artist that people who love each other should be allowed to be married, and I know that doesn’t go along with what Mrs. Bachmann and everybody that proclaims that, but that is why I believe.”
16. Denzel Washington
After Clint Eastwood made a fool of himself at the 2012 Republican National Convention, Denzel, who claims to be a registered Independent, came out in defense of the old coot. “He’s my hero,” Washington said.
17. James Caan
“I’m an ultra conservative,” Caan fessed up at a dinner in 2010. “I’m not a goddamn Hollywood liberal. I’m not.”
18. Sarah Michelle Gellar
19. LL Cool J
Cool James backed John McCain at the 2004 Republican National Convention.
20. Adam Sandler
Actually, you probably knew comic genius Farty McFarty Pants was a registered member of the GOP. In 2008, he contributed to Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign.