Skip to comments.Dennis Hopper Dissed at Presidential Party
Posted on 01/21/2005 5:19:46 PM PST by ambrose
Dennis Hopper should be hopping mad, some Hollywood actors said this week.
Hopper, who organized The Creative Coalition's Ball after the Ball Thursday night as part of the activities surrounding President Bush's inauguration, apparently got a surprise phone call from the Presidential Inaugural Committee Wednesday night - telling him not to come to his own party.
"I feel terrible that the White House inaugural committee that invited Dennis decided to disinvite him," "Sopranos" actor Joe Pantoliano told reporters at the event, where the entertainment - aside from mingling with some of Tinseltown's stars - was singer Macy Gray.
Hopper reportedly was not given an explanation for the insult. A call to the PIC had not been returned by press time.
Thursday's ball at the Reagan Building in Washington featured names such as Pantoliano - the group's co-director - along with actor and director Tony Goldwyn, Mario Van Peebles, Joe Piscopo, Matthew Modine and other actors. Various politicos like Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., also attended.
But many were sorry about the absence of Hopper, who was the organizer and chair of the event and who personally wrote letters to and called the evening's headliners to invite them.
"I was very disappointed. I was told he was all of a sudden disinvited by the Inaugural Committee ... but he's with us in spirit," Goldwyn, who played the dark character Carl Bruner in the 1990 smash-hit "Ghost," and more recently co-starred in "The Last Samurai," told reporters on the red carpet Thursday.
Hopper, a Hollywood icon and long-time actor, director and producer who has starred in films such as "Speed," "Easy Rider" and "Apocalypse Now," is a hard-core supporter of Bush, although his wife did partake in fund-raising activities for Sen. John Kerry, Bush's Democratic challenger in the 2004 presidential election.
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I've never been able to stomach him. Now I know why.
WTF... seems to me the WH needs all the Hollywood friends it can manage.
but if he is a hard core supporter of Bush, why was he disinvited.?????????
Oops, sorry, misread that. Still, can't stand him.
January 20, 2005 -- MACY Gray is still showing up to the Creative Coalition's Inauguration party tonight, but co-chair Dennis Hopper isn't. One source said Hopper canceled his trip to Washington when he was "uninvited" from the official presidential party after "religious groups complained about his [sketchy] history." But Hopper, a longtime George Bush supporter, isn't going, a close pal said, because of work reasons. "He is right in the middle of a huge movie deal," the friend said. Another celeb not going to the bash because of work is Sylvester Stallone, who had to cancel because he's filming "Duplicity."
Dang, I didn't know that. And Matthew Modine? That's a head-scratcher. The only one of this group I really like is Joey Pants. Glad he's on W's side, at least.
Another masterpiece, no doubt.
I know he was just acting, but after seeing him in "Blue Velvet", I am scared of him.
There must be more to this story than meets the eye. Why would he be uninvited to a party he created? Hope someone gets the story straight before we all jump to conclusions.
Hate the sin, love the sinner folks.
Is that Don Wildmon again?
Don Wildmon is a the south end of a horse.
a candy colored clown they call the sandman?
Something tells me Hopper is giving the Inaugural Committee the same response he gave at the end of "Easy Rider".
or perhaps he yelled "PABST BLUE RIBBON!" when asked what would be served.
Bad things, man. Bad things.
I wish those on our side would learn to be generous in victory.
Damn, Dennis is one of the good guys.
I'm guessing Farah and the so-called "pro-family" boys struck again. This is stupid beyond comprehension. Farah and Dobson had better be sent a message that they are going to have to share the party with the rest of us, they don't own it. Idiots.
MOMMY! MOMMY! MOMMY! MOMMY! MOMMY! MOMMY!
It's BS blaming religiousity. My bet is detox, the religion angle a cover story for Hollywood folk susceptible to that kind of excuse.
There is clearly much more to this story. Curious minds want to know...
Baby wants to Fu...
May I say here that I saw the original "Easy Rider" at the movies when it was considered cool and counter-culture. Also enjoyed him in "Blue Velvet", which was a trip of a film.
Something is wrong here. If Macy Gray was the entertainer, then this was not a Republican friendly event.
Probably the same reason that Kid Rock was disinvited from the sort-of-MTV Rock The Republicans party the night before.
He is from Dodge City, Kansas. I used to live there but never saw him.
Ah, nothing like a little "Christian Charity" from the Taliban wing of the conservative movement. <<
I didn't read anything in the article about that. What happened? Source?
Yes there is. To paraphrase Groucho Marx: "I'm suspicious of any group that would have Joe Piscopo as a member."
I need more persuasion on this. I've listened to Hopper in the past...and he was always one of the most liberal guys in Hollywood. Unless he's had a recent conversion, I find this hard to believe.
>>I'm guessing Farah and the so-called "pro-family" boys struck again. This is stupid beyond comprehension. Farah and Dobson had better be sent a message that they are going to have to share the party with the rest of us, they don't own it. Idiots.<<
I missed that. Where did you get this info?
...and a long ago brain dead druggie whose only claim to fame was Easy Rider. There is a reason why he has resurfaced after many years of anonymity and thats because the hollyweirds felt sorry for the bum. Claiming to be a Republican at this point in his questionable career will likely be the end of him........
No great loss......
How dare you insult horse rumps.
I don't understand this and I want to know the whole story. If it's true that he was disinvited I will be furious and I believe action must be taken before the lunatic fringe of our party blows everything for this President. At face value, this is outrageous.
>>Something is wrong here. If Macy Gray was the entertainer, then this was not a Republican friendly event.<<
I read the rest of the article. While Dennis Hopper IS a Bush supporter, many members of the organization are not.
They are a group dedicated to getting gov't interested in their causes.
What are you talking about? Dennis Hopper is an acting icon who has made so many wonderful movies. It's people like you that give us a bad name. I want to remind everyone that our President was not a choir boy in his youth either. PEOPLE CHANGE. My Gosh.
It was from a gossip colum. That's not going to stop the Christian bashers.
Peggy Noonan was right. You are seeing the first symptoms of a "theocratic hubris" that could shatter the Republican coalition years before its time. If they drive away the South Park Republicans with this kind of stunt, they are making a big dent in their political futures.
I saw an interview with Hopper several months back and he was as pro-Bush as any of us. He's taken some hits for his political standing, but doesn't really give a sh$t! He's his own man. Having this happen, if true, isn't right. As stated in a earlier post, "President Bush can use as many friendly Hollywood types as possible". Personally, I like the guy.
For sure. . .any Repub should be treated like gold.
Too bad. . no matter what the reason.
Is one of these guys "Joey Pants"? I wouldn't know one from another:
"He is right in the middle of a huge movie deal,"
That scenerio sounds more likely. Of course, the libiots can never pass up an opportunity to leak a bogus story to try to make our President look bad. Ain't gonna work, folks.
>>Peggy Noonan was right. You are seeing the first symptoms of a "theocratic hubris" that could shatter the Republican coalition years before its time. If they drive away the South Park Republicans with this kind of stunt, they are making a big dent in their political futures.
I'll ask you then. What is your source that this is "theocratic hubris"? What is your source? Is there any basis for it, or did you pull it out of thin air?
From a guick Google search:
"Kerry's $50,000 Hollywood supporters include actor Dennis Hopper,
director William Friedkin, Viacom Entertainment Chairman Jonathan
Dolgen, Paramount Studios chief Sherry Lansing, CBS Entertainment head
Nancy Tellem and three top executives at Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.
Kerry's Massachusetts fundraisers include longtime backers Alan
Solomont, the former finance chairman of the Democratic National
Committee (DNC); Jonathan Lavine, managing director of Bain Capital; and
the senator's brother Cameron Kerry, an attorney at Mintz Levin..."
Don Wildmon is the part of the horse that we walk around so as not to step in.