"Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen" opens in just a couple of weeks, but one of the stars of the original has already started his promotional tour. Only this one isn't about everyday machines that turn into fierce fighting robots. His is about saving our country in real life. Jon Voight, aka Defense Secretary John Keller, is going on the offensive to bring our nation back from the brink of destruction.
According to Jon, the leader of the Decepticons must be defeated. "We are becoming a weak nation," he told an audience of eager faces at a Republican fundraiser Monday night. Republicans need to find their way back to power to free the nation from "this Obama oppression," and called Barack Obama a "false prophet." Pretty strong words from a fictional Secretary of Defense.
"I’m still just reveling that someone from Hollywood made a speech like that. I hope you’re going to be able to find work after this," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. "I really enjoyed that." This was one of the better reviews Mister Voight has received in some time. The fact that many of the characters he has portrayed recently fall in the "nutjob control freak" category should come as little surprise for those of you who have followed his career trajectory. But what happened to the baby-faced star of "Midnight Cowboy" and "Coming Home?" Then again, Jane Fonda was married to Ted Turner for a while.
The fact that Angelina Jolie's dad has become a right-wing ideologue is no more confounding an idea than Megatron being brought back from the bottom of the ocean. Hollywood is constantly reinventing itself. Don't be surprised if Jon picks up the title role in "Rush To Judgement: The Limbaugh Story." That one will be way more terrifying than a car turning into a robot, but come to think of it, maybe that's what Barack Obama has in mind with the bailout of GM. He's secretly funding Bumblebee. Obama Prime.