Hollywood star Kevin Costner just blasted President Donald Trump in a new interview, going so far as to call his interference with the United States Postal Service “criminal.”
Back in 1997, Costner played a drifter who posed as a USPS mailman in “The Postman,” which was meant to be set in 2013. In the movie, Costner’s character restores democracy by delivering letters to and from other towns after a totalitarian leader tries to take over one Western town.
While appearing on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Tuesday, Costner took part in a spoof trailer of a re-release of “The Postman.”
“In its day, a critical and box office disaster. But today, chillingly accurate,” a narrator could be heard saying in the spoof. “Looks like somebody owes Kevin Costner an apology.”
Two days later, Costner gave his reaction to the spoof as well as his thoughts on Trump’s ongoing battle with the USPS.
“Listen, a movie is what it is when it comes out. It has a chance to be revisited, and I was always kind of proud of it,” he told The Daily Beast. “I thought that I had made a mistake not starting out the movie with, ‘Once upon a time…’ because it’s kind of like a fairy tale. ‘Once upon a time, when things got really rotten, the only thing that could stand the test of time was the post office. The only thing people could count on.’ I didn’t say that, and I should have. Because it is like a fairy tale you’d read to your children at night. That’s how I did the movie.”
“It’s terrible. It’s terrible,” Costner added of Trump’s situation with the postal service. “Nothing is surreal. Everything is highly real, and it’s dangerous. And it’s shameful. History will judge you.”
“What you have to try to lean on is that every four years we get to decide whether we’re going in the right direction or we’re not,” the actor continued. “And we now, because of the way the country is set up—which is beautiful—we have that opportunity. And anyone who would interfere with that process in a deliberate way to have an outcome—that’s criminal. And it spits on 200 years of freedom.”
The former “Dances With Wolves” star concluded by saying that people should vote in person if they are able to.
“So this is what you do: you wear your mask and you go vote,” he said.
This piece was written by PopZette Staff on August 24, 2020. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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