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It’s very common these days for celebrities to weigh in on politics and share their views, however, the “Overboard” star, 69, thinks that voicing such opinions is detrimental to actors, feeling that they are similar to “court jesters.”
“I’ve always been someone who felt we are court jesters. That’s what we do,” Russell told the New York Times. “As far as I’m concerned, you should step away from saying anything so that you can still be seen by the audience in any character.”
He continued: “There’s no reason entertainers can’t learn just as much as anybody else about a subject, whatever it is. But I think that what’s sad about it is that they lose their status as a court jester. And I’m a court jester. That’s what I was born to do.”
The actor’s longtime partner and “Christmas Chronicles 2” co-star Goldie Hawn chimed in, saying that her beau isn’t “always funny.”
Kurt Russell said that celebrities should ‘step away’ from publicly voicing their political opinions. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for TCM)
“A court jester isn’t always funny,” explained Russell. “A court jester is the only one who can walk into the castle and put the king down as long as he doesn’t hit too close to home. I think that’s been a big, important part of all cultures throughout history, and I’d like to see it stay in ours.”
Hawn, 74, responded: “But we did have a president who was an actor, Ronald Reagan.”
Russell then doubled down on the idea that “actors can learn as much as anybody else can.”
While the actor may feel that stars should stay out of politics, his Oscar-winning partner shared her thoughts, stating that “it’s a personal choice.”
“Well, I’m just saying Reagan definitely was a well-known actor,” Hawn said. “I think it’s a personal choice whether you want to get into that.
Kurt Russell (left) and Goldie Hawn (right). (Photo by Kurt Krieger/Corbis via Getty Images)
“The one thing I don’t agree with is that just because we have a platform we always have to use it,” added Hawn. “That is our choice.”