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Silence isn't golden for Silver (Support Actor Ron Silver)
CalendarLive.com ^ | September 20, 2005 | Maggie Farley,

Posted on 09/23/2005 3:41:09 PM PDT by FreedomSurge

NEW YORK — Actor Ron Silver says he has had fewer movie offers and dinner invitations since he parted political company with his Hollywood colleagues and spoke at the Republican National Convention last year.

But he is sinking his teeth into his new role: conservative activist. Today, Silver will release a documentary on DVD called "Broken Promises," a scathing criticism of what Silver considers the failures of the United Nations on its 60th anniversary. It follows on the heels of a DVD retort last year by Silver to Michael Moore called "Fahren-hype 911," carefully named so it would be placed on video store shelves right next to Moore's anti-Bush documentary, "Fahrenheit 9/11."

"Broken Promises" has at its root the betrayed vision of an idealistic youth from the Lower East Side. Silver grew up in a modest Jewish neighborhood, and his way to escape his parochial world, where everyone was defined by ethnicity and race, he says, was to go to the U.N. and just wander around.

"When I took that bus uptown and I saw those flags lined up on 1st Avenue, it opened up an entirely new world to me," he said. "There was such a sense of pride I felt."

But over the years, that pride turned to disappointment, even anger, as he witnessed the U.N. repeatedly fall short of its noble goals, he said. As an actor, Silver's impulse was to express it through film; as a political junkie who dines with ambassadors and sits on roundtables at the Council on Foreign Relations, he "wanted to be part of the conversation," he said.

The hourlong DVD begins with the U.N.'s creation of Israel in 1948 — a seminal event that resonated in Silver's family and neighborhood but also had consequences far into the future.

The film reflects his conviction that the way the U.N. shifted from peacemaker to arbitrator, treating Arabs and Israelis as equals, foreshadows a fatal flaw in the organization's structure. The U.N. is afraid to take sides, the film says, and doesn't have the independence to intervene when vital.

The rest of the documentary is a greatest-hits reel of U.N. fiascos: the unfinished partition of Israel and Kashmir, allowing Pol Pot's killing fields in Cambodia, not intervening in the genocide in Rwanda, the failure to protect Muslims at a U.N. haven in Srebrenica and paralysis over reform demonstrated last week at the U.N.'s 60th anniversary World Summit.

"I wanted to give people some sort of historical context about how the U.N. came into being and to have a point of view about it, not a 'on the one hand, on the other hand' kind of thing," Silver said.

Funded in part by the Citizens United Foundation, a conservative Washington think-tank, the documentary features interviews with the U.N.'s usual critics.

But it also gets down on the ground with the people who had to carry out the decisions made at the U.N.'s New York headquarters, or were the victims of them. The stories — and even most of the characters — in "Broken Promises" are already well known but still shocking.

There are interviews with peacekeepers on the failures of peacekeeping, including Canadian Gen. Romeo Dallaire, who wrote the famously ignored "genocide memo" months before nearly 1 million Rwandans were killed, in which he begged for reinforcements. Rwandan survivor Eugenie Mukeshimana appears 10 years later with the daughter she gave birth to in a container while hiding from machete-wielding Hutu killers. Former U.N. translator Hasan Nuhanovic describes how U.N. officers in Srebrenica ordered him to tell his family himself that they must leave the U.N. haven to face death by the Serbs.

One of the most stirring comments comes from Kenneth Cain, a civilian peacekeeper who co-wrote a book titled "Emergency Sex" about what Cain views as U.N. betrayals. It is liberals like him who should be most aggrieved, he says, because it is their ideals that have been most harshly sundered.

Cain's comments seem to echo Silver's undertone of personal affront at the injustices he sees as perpetrated by the institution meant to uphold justice and freedom. It is this sense that makes him, as he says, a "progressive conservative," or "a liberal who is just left of the right of center." Or, as someone who also believes in gay rights, healthcare and the right to choose, he would rather just dispense with labels altogether.

He crossed the political aisle, Silver says, after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, reawakened his belief that the United States must use its power to reinforce universal ideals. After being a vocal Democrat, he was suddenly the darling of the right, and in 2004 he spoke at the Republican National Convention in support of President Bush.

"It sounds like a conversion tale, but I was not reborn," Silver said. "It was fairly consistent with my views in the past. I've been a very aggressive liberal interventionist in my foreign policy feelings. I have felt for a long time that the withdrawal of American power was far more dangerous than getting involved."

But for someone who wants to be part of the conversation, he has found that being a backer of this administration leaves him out of other conversations — and even movies.

"There have been a few occasions when people have said, 'I won't work with that S.O.B.' It has happened, but on an individual basis. It is not in any way, shape or form a blacklist," he said. "In this business, there are a million different reasons people don't want to work with you: You're too Jewish, you're not Jewish enough, they want a bigger star, they think you cost too much money. Most people are very economical with the truth out here, so it's very hard to determine cause and effect."

But his politics seem to overflow into his work anyway. His most recent film, "Red Mercury," is about three impeccably born and bred British youths who become jihadists and take seven people hostage with a dirty bomb. The film was shot last January, months before British jihadists with similar origins exploded bombs in London in July. The movie will be released early next year.

Silver is currently shooting episodes for the television series "The West Wing," in which his character, formerly a Democratic consultant, crosses the aisle to work for the Republican candidate played by Alan Alda.

Typecasting?

"Just another case," he said with a laugh, "of art imitating life."


TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: blacklist; hollywood; ronsilver; silver
Please support this terrific actor and now documentarian.
1 posted on 09/23/2005 3:41:11 PM PDT by FreedomSurge
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To: FreedomSurge
Fahren-hype 911 was a great rebuttal to Moore's lies.
2 posted on 09/23/2005 3:49:44 PM PDT by Echo Talon (http://echotalon.blogspot.com)
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To: FreedomSurge

I remember when Ron Silver was a flaming leftist.
He's seen the light and now, he's a stand-up guy.


3 posted on 09/23/2005 3:54:48 PM PDT by Signalman
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To: Echo Talon

I saw it, and agree. Did you see "Celsius 41.11" from Citizens United? I did not.


4 posted on 09/23/2005 3:55:22 PM PDT by Christian4Bush (The modern Democratic Party: Attacking our defenders and defending our attackers.)
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To: Bobkk47

OK, who's Ron Silver?


5 posted on 09/23/2005 3:55:53 PM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: FreedomSurge

Caught Mr. Silver on Laura's show this week. He kind of ran circles around her - very smart and aware. He doesn't go for right-wing polemics; precise in his positions.


6 posted on 09/23/2005 3:59:04 PM PDT by NutCrackerBoy
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To: FreedomSurge

Damn.

This means I'll have to watch the West Wing.

Oh well. For Silver I'll do even that. :-) Guess I better find out when it airs now....


7 posted on 09/23/2005 4:00:43 PM PDT by Soul Seeker (Barbour/Honore in '08)
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To: FreedomSurge
I have always liked this guy and then I found out he is a conservative then I really liked him...another example of how the left "accepts and loves all" unless you disagree with them....hypocrites
8 posted on 09/23/2005 4:02:53 PM PDT by Kimmers
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To: FreedomSurge

He was great in a bad movie. Timecop sucked but Silvers dual role was great.


9 posted on 09/23/2005 4:02:57 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Never a minigun handy when you need one.)
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To: Christian4Bush

No I didn't see that one...


10 posted on 09/23/2005 4:03:59 PM PDT by Echo Talon (http://echotalon.blogspot.com)
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To: Mr. Lucky
RON SILVER
11 posted on 09/23/2005 4:05:39 PM PDT by infidel29 ("We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid." --Benjamin Franklin)
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To: FreedomSurge

Bump for Silver!


12 posted on 09/23/2005 4:07:05 PM PDT by Enterprise (The modern Democrat Party - a toxic stew of mental illness, cultism, and organized crime.)
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To: NutCrackerBoy

He's an actor, but he doesn't fit the caricature of actors. Quite brilliant, imo. Reasoned. Even when I disagree with him I can hardly deny his argument is compelling, well documented by history and thought.

If the Left was represented by Silver, the Republican Party would be in a far tougher fight for supremacy. And I wouldn't mind it. Here we have someone that believes in his country and its defense, someone that will listen and actually debate positions (rather then name call) with respect. At times I have to cede some points to him when he is debating a conservative thought. I really wish he was representative of the Left aisle. It's better to have an opponent that challenges you to your best, rather than a Party that is right now trying to determine how to blame Rita on Bush.

The country would be better served, as conservatives we'd be better served by solid competition.


13 posted on 09/23/2005 4:07:33 PM PDT by Soul Seeker (Barbour/Honore in '08)
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To: Mr. Lucky
Better picure of him.


14 posted on 09/23/2005 4:08:55 PM PDT by Republican Red (''Van der Sloot" is Dutch for ''Kennedy.")
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To: cripplecreek

He was better in WISEGUY with Ken Wahl.


15 posted on 09/23/2005 4:09:17 PM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: Republican Red
He was also in Reversal of Fortune playing Professor Alan Dershowitz.

My picture above won't post. Here's another


16 posted on 09/23/2005 4:12:24 PM PDT by Republican Red (''Van der Sloot" is Dutch for ''Kennedy.")
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To: Republican Red

Thanks.


17 posted on 09/23/2005 4:12:49 PM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: Bobkk47

I remember when Ron Silver was a flaming leftist.
He's seen the light and now, he's a stand-up guy.

And the proof that Hollywood elitists are a bunch of Scum-Bags is the fact that Ron is finding it harder to get work, this is how they operate.

" Luv ya Baby! lets do Lunch"

" I'll have my people call your people"

Coked out loosers.


18 posted on 09/23/2005 4:13:38 PM PDT by LtKerst (Lt Kerst)
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To: FreedomSurge

He's conservative on a lot of issues and I really like him, but socially he is still quite liberal from what I understand. I would love to be wrong about that, so if I am please correct me.


20 posted on 09/23/2005 4:21:14 PM PDT by StarCMC (Old Sarge is my hero...doing it right in Iraq! Vaya con Dios, Sarge.)
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To: FreedomSurge

And the libs still complain about the Hollywood Blacklist of the 50's?


21 posted on 09/23/2005 4:21:25 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: FreedomSurge

I hear he takes some consolation from Ann Coulter.


22 posted on 09/23/2005 4:25:20 PM PDT by GVnana
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To: Baynative
I'd love to see an animated version of Animal Farm.

There have been two versions, one made in 1954 in the UK, and another for US TV in 1999, with the voices of Kelsey Grammer and others for the animals.

23 posted on 09/23/2005 4:27:29 PM PDT by Argus
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To: FreedomSurge
He's a good guy, I heard him on the Laura Ingraham show the other day. He's had it with rat/Hollywood.But, he is very careful with his words I gotta say.
24 posted on 09/23/2005 4:30:19 PM PDT by rodguy911 (Time to get rid of the UN and the ACLU and all Mosques in the US,UK.)
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To: cripplecreek

He did a movie with Jamie Lee Curtis that was pretty good, can't remember the name.


25 posted on 09/23/2005 4:31:57 PM PDT by rodguy911 (Time to get rid of the UN and the ACLU and all Mosques in the US,UK.)
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To: FreedomSurge

Ron is a true patriot.


26 posted on 09/23/2005 4:34:24 PM PDT by Buffettfan (http://www.swiftvets.com)
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To: FreedomSurge

As much as I admire Ron Silver for his courage in standing up to the far-left losers in Hollyweird, there is no way I will ever watch "The West Wing" or, as it is known in this household, "The Worst Wing." So Martin Sheen will go off into the sunset and probably be replaced by Alan Alda. That's just swapping one moonbat for another.

Besides, there is more to life than sitting in front of the dinosaur network idiot box.


27 posted on 09/23/2005 4:42:01 PM PDT by billnaz (What part of "shall not be infringed" don't you understand?)
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To: GVgirl

He's that tall!


28 posted on 09/23/2005 4:43:02 PM PDT by Oratam
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To: FreedomSurge

Silver has used his brain. Let's support him in his endeavors. He was so thrilled when Clinton was elected. That is a lot of change.


29 posted on 09/23/2005 4:44:23 PM PDT by Luke21
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To: Bobkk47
It started when he supported Rudy in NYC as a Liberal but the world changed around him, I think.

Hard to believe that this guy once played Alan Dershowitless in a movie.

30 posted on 09/23/2005 4:49:41 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (By defiintion, we cannot have Consensus until you agree with me.)
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To: Republican Red

You know, given the guy they got playing Lex Luthor's father on "Smallville", they could bring Silver on as, say, an uncle.


31 posted on 09/23/2005 4:51:01 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (By defiintion, we cannot have Consensus until you agree with me.)
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To: billnaz
"The Worst Wing." So Martin Sheen will go off into the sunset and probably be replaced by Alan Alda. That's just swapping one moonbat for another.

I doubt it.

A show for liberals, by liberals, and made for liberals isn't going to have a republican president (even if it is played by Alan Alda).

That said, he has dropped hints that he isn't giving up his movie career for TV.

32 posted on 09/23/2005 4:51:51 PM PDT by Sonny M ("oderint dum metuant")
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To: Soul Seeker

I think at one point Ron Silver almost took a different turn in his career. After getting his masters degree (mind you much of Hollyweird these days barely got through high school), Ron could well have not gone back to Hollywood, but to Langley instead.


33 posted on 09/23/2005 4:57:49 PM PDT by Fred Hayek (Liberalism is a mental disorder)
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To: FreedomSurge

Silver came out admantly supporting Bush's re-election. He was and probably still is very liberal on social issues (pro-abort, gay marriage, expanding health care) but in the key moment (2004 election) he made those second priority to supporting a more aggressive war on terrorism and strengthening national defense.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/004/538prlyy.asp

I'd hope that eventually he'd come around on the social and human life issues but for just now glad he supports Bush.


34 posted on 09/23/2005 5:04:34 PM PDT by rjp2005
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To: FreedomSurge

The best show he was ever in was "Heat Vision and Jack"


35 posted on 09/23/2005 5:08:04 PM PDT by escapefromboston (manny ortez: mvp)
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To: StarCMC
He's conservative on a lot of issues and I really like him, but socially he is still quite liberal from what I understand.

I think he's a liberal that backs the war.

From the article: Or, as someone who also believes in gay rights, healthcare and the right to choose, he would rather just dispense with labels altogether.

36 posted on 09/23/2005 5:14:18 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (If you think you know what's coming next....You don't know Jack.)
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To: FreedomSurge

And what jprinciple of behavior or politics would allow so out spoken a progressive to become a 'republican'? I am glad that I am a conservative.


37 posted on 09/23/2005 5:33:47 PM PDT by dhuffman@awod.com (The conspiracy of ignorance masquerades as common sense.)
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To: FreedomSurge

Ping for later. I'll be glad to buy this.


38 posted on 09/23/2005 5:36:00 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: cripplecreek

He made a heck of a bad guy in timecop.


39 posted on 09/23/2005 5:38:43 PM PDT by rjp2005
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To: rodguy911

"Blue Steel," pretty good flick.


40 posted on 09/23/2005 5:45:29 PM PDT by grellis (Coming in September 2006! SURVIVOR: MORDOR)
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To: Sonny M
A show for liberals, by liberals, and made for liberals isn't going to have a republican president (even if it is played by Alan Alda).

I'm not sure if Alda will be playing a GOP POTUS--I have never and will never watch that show. I do, however, love former GOP Senator Fred Thompson as the district atty on "Law & Order"--another very liberal show.

41 posted on 09/23/2005 5:49:44 PM PDT by grellis (Coming in September 2006! SURVIVOR: MORDOR)
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To: rjp2005

"He made a heck of a bad guy in timecop."


And a quisling junior senator. Personally I think that's a sign of a great actor, the ability to play very different roles in the same movie.


42 posted on 09/23/2005 5:55:54 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Never a minigun handy when you need one.)
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To: cripplecreek

Van Damme movies: the supporting cast always outshines him - remember the Quest? The long forgotten Roger Moore was fantastic in that re-packaging of Bloodsport.


43 posted on 09/23/2005 6:08:15 PM PDT by rjp2005
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To: DJ MacWoW
I agree with you; he's mostly a liberal. In addition to gay rights, socialized medicine and abortion, you can add gun control as another issue on which he's a lib.

It's a sad commentary that so many of us on the Right are so eager to get a little approval from Hollyweird that we enthusiastically embrace liberals as our own if they're on the right side once in a blue moon.

Michael M. Bates: My Side of the Swamp

44 posted on 09/23/2005 6:15:36 PM PDT by Mike Bates (Irish Alzheimer's victim: I only remember the grudges.)
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To: Mike Bates
It's a sad commentary that so many of us on the Right are so eager to get a little approval from Hollyweird that we enthusiastically embrace liberals as our own if they're on the right side once in a blue moon.

I have to agree. I think it's because so few in Hollywood ever agree with any position embraced by the right. And they have an automatic and vocal soapbox that we don't have. True conservatives anywhere near Hollywood don't voice an opinion so if ANY of them agree with ANY Right opinion and say so, we get jubilant. Our side out there tends to be mute in order to keep working.

45 posted on 09/23/2005 7:25:21 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (If you think you know what's coming next....You don't know Jack.)
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To: Oratam

I guess so. And he was also a member on the Council on Foreign Relations if I'm not mistaken.


46 posted on 09/23/2005 7:46:47 PM PDT by GVnana
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