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John Chuckman

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I don’t understand why anyone looks to screen actors such as George Clooney for political advice.

They are, in general, not a very bright bunch, as the late Truman Capote famously observed.

John Voight and his daughter, Angelina Jolie, have made some astoundingly dumb political comments.

Jolie, especially, keeps making them and the press keeps dutifully giving her publicity even though what she says borders on the absurd.

I guess it is all a reflection of the magic of the big screen which converts some rather unimpressive people into demi-gods by virtue of their photogenic faces and resonant voices, all larger than life.

This is the same psychological effect we see with advertising on television.

People effectively have suggestions planted in their heads which have very little to do with reality.

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