Atlas Shrugged Versus Liberal Hollywood
The official release of Atlas Shrugged: Part 1 reveals a lot of things. For one, a lot of Americans who saw the movie noticed the sheer parallelism between the prescient story of Atlas Shrugged and America’s current political setup, and for those who have not yet read the book a lot of them said the film was about big ideas, which made them think. It also shows that the ideas of the book author, Ayn Rand, are more and more becoming part of America’s dominant culture. Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism advocates reason, individualism, and capitalism, the political system upon which America was founded. It, however, reveals the dominant ideology that is at the core of the American film industry and Hollywood.
Prior to and after the release of Atlas Shrugged Part 1, liberal critics of the film industry gave the movie a devastating rating. For instance, before the film finally hit theaters, industry critics, who were mostly liberals, shrugged the movie off, giving it a zero rating. On April 7, critics on RottenTomatoes, one of whom include the dean of film critics Roger Ebert, gave Atlas Shrugged a rating of 7 percent while the audience gave it a booming approval of 85 percent. Ebert, who obviously didn’t like the movie, gave it a one-star rating.
Perhaps due to its anti-big government and anti-liberalism theme, Atlas Shrugged didn’t get any support from major studios. This 10-million dollar film is being distributed independently in only 300 theaters in 80 cities across America. In spite of this, Atlas Shrugged was #3 at the box office (per theater basis) in two consecutive days following its official release on April 15, averaging $5,590 per theater. Rio, which was #1 at the box office, averaged $10,455 per theater while #2 Scream 4 averaged $5,833.
The suppression of Atlas Shrugged apparently shows that the tentacles of liberalism are all over America’s film industry. In an interview with Fox Business’s John Stossel, Matthew Marsden, one of the leading stars of the movie who played James Taggart, confirmed the rumor that being a Conservative is forbidden in the acting business in the United States. Marsden said that non-liberal actors have to keep their political affiliations secret in order to keep their job.
“There is quite a few of us but we have to keep a low profile. Recently was doing a job and there was a Cuban writer onset, and do you know Marco Rubio? Do like him? He is a good man them later he calls me over, are you a conservative? Yes. Then he gives me a hug. That is what it is like,” said Marsden.
The actor said that coming from the U.K, a conservative “would not be seen very conservatives” in the United States, but “there is definitely a stigma attached whether anybody wants to say anything different.”
This prompted Stossel to say: “Hollywood is such a leftist culture if you are not a part of that you may not get more jobs.”
Marsden agreed, saying, “That is true but we have to stand up and I believe in free speech.”
One of the actual victims of liberal bias and the liberal elites in Hollywood is Atlas Shrugged star Graham Beckel, who played
the role of oil tycoon Ellis Wyatt. Beckel, a conservative, confirmed to Pajamas TV reporter Amy Holmes that he couldn’t find work after appearing on Fox News’s The Sean Hannity Show.
“I’ve stopped working since I’ve done Hannity,” Beckel said.
Surprised, the reporter asked: “Honestly, is that true?”
Beckel replied: “Oh, I’m dead serious about of all this. Yeah…”
During his appearance on Hannity Show Beckel said it was the only time he and his fellow actors ever worked on a film in which the hero was a businessman.
“What I liked about working on this film,” said Beckel, “was that it was the first time that anybody who worked on a film including all the IATSE guys and the Screen Actors Guilds in there, the only time we’ve ever worked on a film where the hero was a businessman; where they weren’t a buffoon; they weren’t a villain; they were like the hero of the story. They’re the guys who made the world work. And that was so refreshing because we’ve endlessly worked on stuff where those people are marginalized and made fun of.”
But like the real American patriots who drove miles just to see this phenomenal movie, Beckel said he was glad to be part of the cast. “I’ve never had a greater aspiration for a movie,” he said.
Talk about liberal tolerance and its gospel of equality and open-mindedness? Well, this simply shows the liberals are a bunch of hypocrites!
The following is an excerpt of John Stossel interview:
STOSSEL: Matthew, you had never read it?
MATTHEW MARSDEN, PLAYS JAMES TAGGART IN “ATLAS SHRUGGED”: I had not. I do have a friend that was an objectivist, and I mentioned in passing but I did not press him on it and I got the script I called him up and said I have a script I have heard you have to mentioned at less. You have to do it. You are doing the movie. You are doing the movie. He was so passionate about at.
STOSSEL: You did the movie we will show a longer clip later but Matthew. Let’s watch a clip of one of your scenes and you play one of the villains James Taggart.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is 10 times stronger. Physically impossible you are inviting disaster. Something has to be done.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Agreed.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You know, I like about you? You are though one word man.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: True.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
STOSSEL: You are a good actor to get rid of your accent for the movie. You are a conservative? That is forbidden in the acting business.
MARSDEN: There is quite a few of us but we have to keep a low profile. Recently was doing a job and there was a Cuban writer onset, and do you know Marco Rubio? Do like him? He is a good man them later he calls me over, are you a conservative? Yes. Then he gives me a hug. That is what it is like.
STOSSEL: Why do you have to keep it secret?
MARSDEN: I don’t know. Coming from the U.K. to see it.
STOSSEL: In the U.K. it is OK?
MARSDEN: Yes. I guess a conservative would not be seen very conservative over here but there is definitely a stigma attached whether anybody wants to say anything different.
STOSSEL: Hollywood is such a leftist culture if you are not a part of that you may not get more jobs.
MARSDEN: That is true but we have to stand up and I believe in free speech.
STOSSEL: You are out of the closet now.