Steven Spielberg at ‘Post’ premiere: ‘No room for partisanship’ among patriots
Steven Spielberg says there’s “no room for partisanship” among patriotic Americans.
“I think it’s very, very important that our movie is seen not as a political, partisan play on the part of what they call the ‘liberal media’ or liberal Hollywood,” Spielberg, director of the soon-to-be-released “The Post,” told ITK at the film’s premiere in Washington, D.C., on Thursday night.
“But this is truly a story about patriotism, because I think that partisanship and patriotism — there is no room for partisanship if we all feel like we’re patriots,” Spielberg said of the Pentagon Papers movie.
Spielberg’s take came after ITK asked him how he’d describe the job President Trump — who once dubbed the “Lincoln” and “Schindler’s List” director a “great filmmaker” — is doing in office.
“What are all these questions?” Spielberg exclaimed, sounding exasperated.
“I love this nation,” he said. “And I made this movie because I love this country so much.”
Star power was out in full force Thursday at the Newseum for “The Post’s” debut.
Meryl Streep stars as late The Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham, while Tom Hanks takes on the role of the paper’s legendary editor Ben Bradlee as they engage in a game of catchup with The New York Times in a 1971 race to publish articles about the classified study about the Vietnam War.
Streep told reporters on the red carpet that Graham’s 1997 book about her life was “the greatest autobiography that I’ve ever read by anyone,” saying she was “humbled” to play someone showing “how honest she was about her insecurities and how needlessly she suffered from those feelings of inferiority, and how everything in our culture contributed to make her feel that way. And those battles have not been won yet, and every woman recognizes those feelings.”
When ITK asked who Streep would be rooting for in the 2020 White House race, the actress — a vocal Trump critic who spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention — replied in mock disgust, “Uch!”
“I think it is a very good patriotic movie about what is the state of America,” an animated Hanks told reporters.
“Because here’s the thing that I’ve learned from history: It seems as though nothing ever changes,” Hanks, 61, continued. “The people in power want to stay in power and they’ll do anything in order to do it. And the people who want to lie want to keep on lying because otherwise you won’t be able to lie anymore.”
“Women — we should strip off all the names off of [the] top of resumes, hire whoever’s best for the job, and have a true meritocracy,” Hanks said.
Also eyed at the premiere: Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet Yellen, Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), Billy Long (R-Mo.), Greg Walden (R-Ore.), and Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.), billionaire businessman Warren Buffett, Amazon founder and current Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos, actress and Hanks’s wife Rita Wilson, other “The Post” stars Bradley Whitford, Bob Odenkirk, Alison Brie, Mathew Rhys, David Cross, Sarah Paulson, and Michael Stuhlbarg, Fox News’s Chris Wallace, and CNN’s Jim Acosta.
“The Post” opens in theaters nationwide on Jan. 12.