Don’t you find it annoying when celebrities become entrenched in the political scene? (We read your comments, so we know that answer is “yes.”) You’re not alone. James Bond himself is saying (Dr.) No to getting involved with politics. In an interview with Men’s Journal, Daniel Craig says he gets uncomfortable when political figures attempt to court him and other buzz-worthy celebrities. “Tony Blair started it much more than anybody’s ever done. ‘Go and have tea at 10 Downing Street’ … It becomes Mephisto.” (Craig is referring to a 1981 film about an actor who becomes involved with the Nazis in order to bag a role.)
But Craig’s ire doesn’t stop there. Following his words about Blair — who regularly met with British celebrities — Craig attacked the characters of those in office. “You immediately are aligning yourself with a political party,” he tells the magazine. “Politicians are s—heads … That’s how they become politicians, even the good ones. We’re actors, we’re artists, we’re very nice to each other. They’ll turn around and stab you in the f—ing back.”
Craig admits that there are a few celebrities who know what they are talking about, so don’t worry, Clooney fans. Craig seems to have nothing but respect for the The Descendants star, who is well known for his political activism and work in Sudan. “George has his finger on the political pulse, and he’s one of those guys who can get up and talk, and I don’t have that … If someone shoves a microphone in your face and says, ‘Explain yourself,’ you have to have a 100 percent understanding of why you’re doing it, and unless you’re 100 percent, don’t f—ing do it, leave it alone, let your work speak for itself.”
If only politicians could be so wise.