Speaking to the Denver Post about his new film, “All the Money in the World,” director Ridley Scott showed he is definitely not the typical Hollywood type as he openly supported the GOP’s tax reform efforts.
The interviewer commented, “There’s a lot of commentary in this film about the value of human life, class struggles, and the role of wealth in society. Do you think there’s anything to be learned from it at this moment in America?
Scott wouldn’t take the bait, answering, “Well, let’s take the tax bill. People say (Republicans) are doing it for the wealthy class. What they forget is if you get a clever, un-selfish business person — I don’t care if it’s a corner store or a big business — who’s suddenly saving 15 percent, they’ll put it back in this business. Then you’re going to get growth and therefore (people) will get employed.”
The dogged reporter would not give up his attempts to reel Scott into his leftist boat, stating, “I’m sure you benefited from some help early on in your career.”
Scott gave a politically conservative answer:
I’m a natural-born hunter because that’s who I am. No one taught me that. I started from scratch. I arrived in Hollywood with a wristwatch and stayed at the YMCA. You have to learn the curve. But don’t (expletive) moan about it. It’s about doing. There’s always a way in. I used to lay concrete on runways for an Irish company when I was a student. I packed drywall. My parents didn’t have the money to help me out. But they were very supportive of anything I wanted to do.
Scott has dismissed those who slammed his 2015 Biblical epic, “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” for a lack of diversity. He stated that for a big-budget film to succeed, you need stars, opining, “I can’t mount a film of this budget, where I have to rely on tax rebates in Spain, and say that my lead actor is Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such. I’m just not going to get it financed. So the question doesn’t even come up.”