‘Dave’ star eschews politics, while actor Robert Redford weighs in on climate debate

Kline was in town Sunday for the red-carpet premiere of Robert Redford’s “The Conspirator,” in which he plays Lincoln’s secretary of War, Edwin Stanton. 

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But he told ITK that despite having starred in several politically themed flicks, he has no desire to run for public office.

“I haven’t thrown my hat into the ring,” he said, “but I follow politics from a great distance.” 

Kline shows little of the fervor of another famous fictional president, Martin Sheen of “The West Wing,” who is a longtime progressive activist.

But any gap in political enthusiasm on Kline’s part was filled Sunday by filmmaker Redford, who said he would be “devastated” if Republicans passed rules that would limit the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulatory powers.

A longtime environmentalist, Redford 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 said he was going to try to meet with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar while he was in Washington.

Following the screening, Redford and Kline rubbed elbows with a few real-life politicos at an after-party for the film at the Newseum, where ITK spotted Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP senator: Democratic opposition to Pompeo 'driven 100 percent by politics' Pompeo lacks votes for positive vote on panel GOP poised to advance rules change to speed up Trump nominees MORE (R-Ky.), Sen. Max BaucusMax Sieben BaucusGreen Party puts Dem seat at risk in Montana Business groups worried about Trump's China tariffs plan Farmers hit Trump on trade in new ad MORE (D-Mont.), outgoing Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderComey's book tour is all about 'truth' — but his FBI tenure, not so much James Comey and Andrew McCabe: You read, you decide Eric Holder headed to New Hampshire for high-profile event MORE, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.).

Baucus even indulged his inner fan, asking actress Robin Wright to pose for a picture with him.