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Dreyfuss Suggests He Channeled Inner ‘Hitler’ to Play Dick Cheney

October 20, 2010

Appearing on Monday’s “The Joy Behar Show,” actor Richard Dreyfuss explained how it was possible for him to play Dick Cheney, who he admits he doesn’t like, in the movie “W.”

Behar primes the pump with a question: “Okay. Where did you find it in yourself to go down and find that satanic spot that we all know so well?”

After some back and forth, Dreyfuss gives an answer: “I always say to kids, inside you is Hitler and Jesus. And you got to find the appropriate person and bring them out.”


NewsBusters offers a transcript of the relevant part:

BEHAR: Now, you played a bad guy in “Red” and you also played a bad guy in “W,” one of my favorite movies. So funny.

DREYFUSS: Which you said I would never do. He would never do that. He would never play Dick Cheney. He’s a liberal.

BEHAR: I was wrong. I was wrong. But was it hard to play Dick Cheney?

DREYFUSS: It’s a big person –

BEHAR: Where did you find in yourself — because I know that you`re not a fan of Cheney. I know that.

DREYFUSS: I‘m not a fan of Cheney’s.

BEHAR: OK. Where did you find it in yourself to go down and find that satanic spot that we all know so well?

DREYFUSS: Are you leading me somewhere? First of all, every actor likes the play bad guys.

BEHAR: Yes.

DREYFUSS: And it just so happen in the last few years I played all Republican bad guys.

BEHAR: Oh, yes.

DREYFUSS: That’s just a coincidence. And to play Dick Cheney, all I had to do was find my Dick Cheney. And you can find all the villainy in the world in your own heart, and that`s what an actor`s job is.

BEHAR: That`s right.

DREYFUSS: I always say to kids, inside you is Hitler and Jesus. And you got to find the appropriate person and bring them out.


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