Pas­cal re­grets not hav­ing po­lit­i­cal will

Pretoria News Weekend - - NEWS - Pe­dro Pas­cal

PE­DRO Pas­cal feels a sense of “shame” he didn’t do more to stop Don­ald Trump’s rise to the US pres­i­dency.

The Game of Thrones ac­tor comes from a fam­ily of lib­er­als in Chile and has ad­mit­ted to be­ing frus­trated by the po­lit­i­cal land­scape in Amer­ica, feel­ing he should have been more proac­tive in try­ing to stop the rise of pop­ulist ideas.

Speak­ing to Short­List magazine, Pas­cal said: “To be re­ally can­did about that I carry around a cer­tain amount of shame in terms of not do­ing more. Like I said, lib­er­al­ism is in my blood.

“As hard work as it is to be in the arts of any kind, or to make a liv­ing from some­thing that you feel pas­sion­ate about, just post­ing some­thing on so­cial me­dia isn’t enough.

“Yeah, I marched with my sis­ter against the Iraq war in 2003. Yes, my fam­ily and I have al­ways been sort of, I sup­pose, very lib­eral do­ers, when given the op­por­tu­nity.

“But I don’t have the balls to give up my ca­reer and ded­i­cate ev­ery­thing I have to any par­tic­u­lar cause. And yes, right now, I feel guilty about that.”

Pas­cal also ad­mit­ted to hat­ing the 2011 movie The Iron Lady, in which Meryl Streep played for­mer Bri­tish prime min­is­ter Mar­garet Thatcher. Thatcher was an ally of the con­tro­ver­sial Chilean dic­ta­tor Au­gusto Pinochet and Pas­cal feels the film gave a dis­torted im­pres­sion of the truth.

Dis­cussing his at­ti­tude to­wards the UK, Pas­cal said: “I’m go­ing to put it this way. I re­mem­ber see­ing The Iron Lady. I got re­ally up­set about how soft, charm­ing and cute the movie was. And, as great as Meryl Streep was, I was very un­com­fort­able, not with her por­trayal, but the movie as a whole. That movie. That movie was full of s**t. Let’s leave it at that.”

The full in­ter­view with Pas­cal is in this week’s is­sue of Short­List.

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