During a joint interview with his longtime partner Goldie Hawn for the NY Times, Kurt Russell spoke out against actors talking politics.
Russell explained “as far as I’m concerned, you should step away from saying anything so that you can still be seen by the audience in any character.”
He added “There’s no reason entertainers can’t learn just as much as anybody else about a subject, whatever it is. But I think that what’s sad about it is that they lose their status as a court jester. And I’m a court jester. That’s what I was born to do.”
Hawn joked Russell is “not always funny.”
Russell continued by saying “A court jester isn’t always funny. A court jester is the only one who can walk into the castle and put the king down as long as he doesn’t hit too close to home. I think that’s been a big, important part of all cultures throughout history, and I’d like to see it stay in ours.”
Hawn countered “But we did have a president who was an actor, Ronald Reagan.”
Russell replied “Like I said, actors can learn as much as anybody else can.”