It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool …

“People ask me questions about present situations in life, and I say, ‘I don’t know, I’m just an actor.’ I don’t have any opinions. Actors are pretty stupid. My opinion is not worth anything. There’s no controversy for me, so don’t engage me in it, because I’m not going to participate.”

– Sir Anthony Hopkins in conversation with Brad Pitt.


… than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

By contrast: This Tweet by Bernie Sanders endorser, Mark Ruffalo. To their credit, the Sky News team has produced a short but excellent video rebuttal to that: The Incredible Sulk. It should be shown in schools. 

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24 Responses to It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool …

  1. stackja

    MR should show his views in action and leave urban USA and live in a desert.

  2. Lee

    Ruffalo is just another super-rich Hollywood commie wanker.

  3. A buffalo is smarter than a Ruffalo.

  4. Professor Fred Lenin

    Actors !humph bunch of dysfunctional tossere with egos as big as turnbulls who spend years pretending to be other people so much they dont know who they are .
    The hollywood ones would be complaing of homeless peoples excrement on the tyres of their Rolls Royces as they drive around defeating Trump meetings .
    Trump is a traitor to the billionaires club ,Soros Koch etc all support global communist fascism .

  5. stackja

    History tells us that Hollywood supported Stalin.

  6. Lee

    The scum is really oozing out into the open in Hollywood these days.

  7. Squirrel

    Hitchcock reportedly described actors as cattle, which is a bit unkind, but probably much closer to the truth than treating them as oracles on matters of serious public policy.

    Aside from the estimable Sir Anthony, I rather like atttitude of another great star –

    People yakkity yak a streak and waste your time of day,
    But Mister Ed will never speak unless he has something to say.

  8. Iampeter

    By contrast: This Tweet by Bernie Sanders endorser, Mark Ruffalo.

    At least Mark Ruffalo is an actor.
    What about all the conservative “thinkers” that are so confused about politics, that they are advocating the regulation of every aspect of our lives, but at the same time somehow still think they are not leftists?

  9. JC

    Jeez Plodes, you’d be a ball at parties. The biggest one trick pony show who’s ever posted here.

    From now on, just post a dot in the comment section. We know the rest.

  10. Ellie

    Anthony Hopkins always talks sense. He is not one of the “stupid” actors. He is old school and one I admire. Love his work.

    I was surprised to read Ruffalo is only worth 30 million. Not much in this day and age.

    I do enjoy your headlines, CL. The use of ‘silent’. Very clever.

  11. Lee

    By contrast: This Tweet by Bernie Sanders endorser, Mark Ruffalo.

    At least Mark Ruffalo is an actor.

    Who is also a far-lefty.

    No wonder you stick up for him against conservatives who would never agree with Ruffalo in a million years.

    By the way, in no way do I agree with the “regulation of every aspect of our lives.”

  12. Mother Lode

    To me, he will always be Pyle in Full Metal Jacket.

  13. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    “Mark Ruffalo.”

    Never heard of him.

    I think I will be okay, but.

  14. Roger

    I was surprised to read Ruffalo is only worth 30 million.

    He’d be worth significantly less if the policies he’s advocating for ever got implemented.

  15. Roger

    To me, he will always be Pyle in Full Metal Jacket.

    And Mr. Greta Scacchi.

    😉

  16. Boambee John

    Another sensible actor.

    Martin Sheen, on being asked by the Demorats, and declining, to reprise his West Wing success as the Demorat candidate for president:

    “I think that you have confused celebrity and credibility.”

  17. cuckoo

    To me, he will always be Pyle in Full Metal Jacket.

    You’re not thinking of Vincent D’Onofrio, perhaps?

  18. Roger

    You’re not thinking of Vincent D’Onofrio, perhaps?

    I suspect ML was feigning obtuseness at Mr Rufalo’s expense, whoever he may be.

    If not, it’s still funny.

  19. Knuckle Dragger

    Very funny, in fact.

    Iampudenda’s still figuring that one out.

  20. Knuckle Dragger

    They are actors. Not economists and not brain surgeons.

    They spend their entire working lives pretending to be other people.

    They dress in other people’s clothes and say things they didn’t think of. Again and again and again.

    Which is very cool. But here’s the thing – they are horrendously well paid, and it escapes them – with notable exceptions such as Sir Anthony – that people pay their money to see these punters pretending to be other people. NOT because they’re themselves, and I reckon this gives them a well-inflated ego and a belief that their opinion on shit they know nothing about is important to others.

    Ever given your kid a present at Christmas and said ‘This is from Santa’? If you have, you’re an actor.

  21. Knuckle Dragger

    Also – these cretins are only one rung up from morning TV presenters, who seem to believe getting up at 3am gives them insights into climate change and national security issues that are denied to the normies.

  22. Mother Lode

    Aw shucks. My bad. Mixed up the names.

    But to the extent it was funny I will take credit.

    And the movie did gift us ‘Animal Mother’ – none other than Adam Baldwin, who seemed not to age a day between Full Metal Jacket and Firefly.

  23. Knuckle Dragger

    I thought Van Damme was a bit underdone in FMJ.

    Might have been the helmets.

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