Both Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader – or at least the actors who sound like them – have expressed frustration with the right in recent days.
Mark Hamill, still best know today for his role as Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars trilogy, declared that Mitt Romney, ”only imitates human behavior. He’s not actually human himself.”
While reminiscing about one of his favorite old-time series, “Zorro,” Hamill went on a political tirade after being asked a lighthearted question by an OnTheRedCarpet.com reporter.
“I knew nothing about Mexican history or anything. But just the idea of a privileged person fighting for the underdog – there’s something very romantic about that,” Hamill said. “I guess it goes back to Robin Hood. People that are fighting for the middle class and for the have-nots. It’s something that we see even playing out in the presidential race.
“And if you don’t vote for Barack Obama, you’re insane,” he added. “[Be]cause without him, I think the middle class will completely disappear. And you look at Romney – and I’m sure he’s a nice guy – but I think he’s like The Thing. He only imitates human behavior. He’s not actually human himself.”
It’s not just “Luke Skywalker” who opposes conservatives, apparently. James Earl Jones, who provided the voice of Darth Vader in the “Star Wars” films, told Travis Smiley and Cornel West’s syndicated “Smiley & West” radio show that he “can’t get enough of” liberal cable TV talk and that he occasionally “ventures into the right-wing talk shows” when asked if he was a political person.
The “Star Wars” voice actor then slammed Tea Party activists, comparing them to his “racist” grandmother who, “hated everybody.”
“She taught all of her children and grandchildren to be racist, to hate white people, and to distrust black people,” he said, adding that allows him to “know what racism is better than anybody who’s ever been a racist.”
“Star Wars” director George Lucas has expressed support for Obama in the past. Lucas congratulated candidate Obama as being a “hero” while promoting the fourth Indiana Jones movie in Tokyo.
“We have a hero in the making back in the United States today,” Lucas said. “We have a new candidate for president of the United States, Barack Obama, who, I think for all of us who have dreams and hope, is a hero.”
If you’re going to include the “Star Wars” prequels, a debatable decision, Natalie Portman voiced her support in a 2008 campaign video for then-candidate Obama, saying, “I, like so many of you, have been so inspired by our candidate, Barack Obama, to make a real change for our environment and our education and our future.”