Actor Richard Dreyfuss castigated Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as a lying bully who you wouldn’t let marry your daughter.
In an interview with the Guardian on Sunday ahead of the release of his new movie “Reckless,” Dreyfuss calls Trump, who was confirmed last week as the GOP’s presidential nominee, “an intemperate, mean-spirited, lying bully.”
Warming to the theme, he added: “If a man like that asked you for permission to marry your daughter, what would your answer be? If it’s no, I think it’s obvious we shouldn’t give him the most powerful office on the face of the Earth.” (Dreyfuss does have a daughter, Emily; she got married in 2013.)
Dreyfuss didn’t reserve all his vitriol for Trump, however. The Jewish-born actor also attacked a still more elevated target, God, saying that he hopes he’ll “have a chance to hit God in the face when I die.” Why? “Because of everything that happens to you in the third act of life: it’s humiliating and debasing.”
He noted, however, that he probably wouldn’t get the opportunity: “If there is a God he already knows about this and he’ll get away — and as an agnostic I probably won’t get the chance.”
Dreyfuss, 68, who has enjoyed a near-50-year movie career and was hailed for his role as Ponzi crook Bernie Madoff in this year’s ABC mini-series “Madoff,” also told the Guardian he thinks he has “the finest body of work of any American actor.” But, he acknowledged, “I am perceived as someone who has fallen.”
The star of “Jaws” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” and an Oscar winner for “The Goodbye Girl,” all in the 1970s, Dreyfuss said: “I didn’t want to be top of the top, because none of them leave their homes or have a normal life. I was given the chance to get up there and I turned it down.”