Actor Robert Redford said he would be "devastated" if Republicans passed
rules that would limit the Environmental Protection Agency's regulatory
Speaking at the Sunday premiere in Washington of his new film, "The Conspirator," the actor said any moves to prohibit the EPA from implementing climate and other regulations would be devastating for himself and the country.
Redford, a longtime environmentalist, vowed to try to stop it.
"All I can do is try," he told ITK. "I'm going to be devastated if something happens and I think the country will be devastated too. Particularly future generations will be devastated. It's a very narrow way to be."
Redford also said he was going to try to meet with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar while he was in Washington promoting his new film.
The movie premiered at Ford's Theatre, although it would have had to move locations if Congress and the White House had been unable to come up with a deal to fund the rest of fiscal year 2011.
Ford's Theatre is part of the National Park Service, which would have shuttered along with the rest of the government if Democrats and Republicans had not reached a midnight deal on Friday.
Several lawmakers joined
actors James McAvoy, Kevin Kline, Alexis Bledel, Evan Rachel Woods, and
Robin Wright on the red carpet.
Spotted posing for pics were: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), outgoing Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, Attorney General Eric Holder, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.).
Kline, best know for playing the president in “Dave,” plays Secretary of War Edwin Stanton in “The Conspirator.”
Despite being in several politically-themed movies, he said he has no desire to run for public office.
“I haven't thrown my hat into the ring but I follow politics,” he told The Hill, “from a great distance.”
The film is about Mary Surratt, the lone woman charged in the assignation of President Abraham Lincoln. Surratt was tried by a military panel instead of a civilian court -- a controversy that has parallels to the modern world given the decision to try the 9/11 conspirators in a military court.
“We were abundantly aware of the parallels and we didn't feel the need to point them out because the story we were telling actually happened so it's important that we tell that story,” McAvoy told ITK.
After the screening, the cast and guests headed to the Newseum for an after party sponsored by Capitol File magazine, which features Redford on its cover. It was a fitting location -- a museum about journalism hosting Redford, who is famous for his portrayal of journalist Bob Woodward in “All the President’s Men.”
At the party, Baucus showed his fan side, asking Wright for a picture. And Bledel, whose character on “The Gilmore Girls” became a journalist, slipped away from the guests to get a tour of the museum.