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Steve Bannon has been called “a stone cold racist,” a “white supremacist,” and an “anti-Semite” by politicians and cable news personalities. However, in a recent Q&A, Bannon’s former Hollywood partner Jeff Kwatinetz slammed those reports and defended Bannon, who in the 1990s, long before becoming Donald Trump’s chief strategist, was a Hollywood investment banker who executive produced Sean Penn’s directorial debut “The Indian Runner,” and later invested in “Seinfeld.”
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“As a liberal, I don’t judge people on their politics, I judge them on their character, and from what I knew then and what I know now, Steve has great character. He’s not a racist or anti-Semitic. Things like that are absurd,” Kwatinetz —who is the founder of The Firm, the talent management and TV production company Bannon was with in 2002 and 2003— told The Hollywood Reporter. »
- Yoselin Acevedo
In the 1990s, way before becoming Donald Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon was a Hollywood investment banker, who executive produced Sean Penn’s directorial debut “The Indian Runner” and later invested on “Seinfeld.” During his Hollywood days, Bannon co-wrote a rap musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s Roman tragedy “Coriolanus” based on the 1992 Los Angeles Riots,which began on April 29, 1992 following the announcement of the “not guilty” verdict in the Rodney King case. Now, the digital video-based news organization NowThis has staged a reading of the play Bannon co-authored with Julia Jones, titled “The Thing I Am.”
Last December, Jones told The New York Times that Bannon came up with the ideas for the play, while she wrote it, mixing Shakespeare’s verse with Los Angeles street talk. However, Bannon would often chime in with “a particularly aggressive line. »
- Yoselin Acevedo
Long before he headed to the White House, Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon transitioned his career from Goldman Sachs to Hollywood. During that time, he worked as an executive producer on Sean Penn’s directorial debut “The Indian Runner” in 1991, and Death and Taxes asked Penn recently what he thought of Bannon.
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“Bannon was then, as he is now, simply another bitter Hollywood wannabe who went rogue by way of toxic narcissistic iconoclasm,” Penn said. “But, deep in his heart, he’s just a conniving hateful bloated punk who despises mankind. And then there are also the bad things about him…”
Penn is notably no fan of Trump, as he made clear in a December op-ed for The Daily Beast about the morning he learned the election results.
“Donald Trump, a petty, narcissistic, hate-mongering, reality show »
- William Earl
Long before he became the controversial White House Chief Strategist in the Trump administration, Steve Bannon decided to try his hand at the movie business.
Bannon, who was recently removed from the National Security Council, became a topic of conversation during an interview between Penn and Death and Taxes magazine. Asked about his time working with Bannon on the film, Penn offered a scathing review of the once-fledgling producer.
“Bannon was then, as he is now, »
- Mike Miller
Sean Penn is speaking out against President Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon, sharing his first-hand knowledge of who he calls a “conniving, hateful, bloated punk. Penn told Death and Taxes, “Bannon was then, as he is now, simply another bitter Hollywood wannabe who went rogue by way of toxic narcissistic iconoclasm. But, deep in his heart, he’s just a conniving hateful bloated punk who despises mankind.” “And then there are also the bad things about him, ” added Penn. Bannon and Penn have history together dating back to 1991 when Penn made his directorial debut on “The Indian Runner,” which Bannon. »
- Umberto Gonzalez
Before he had the ear of the president, Steve Bannon tried his hand at Hollywood. As a producer, he was behind several small movies, but he really hit his movie-making stride writing and directing conservative documentaries aimed at Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Here’s a complete list of every Hollywood project in which Bannon’s had a hand. “The Indian Runner” (1991) — Executive Producer Bannon’s first movie as an executive producer was, somewhat ironically, written and directed by famous Trump critic Sean Penn. “The Indian Runner” starred Viggo Mortensen and David Morse as brothers on the opposite sides of the law. »
- Phil Hornshaw
Every year, audiences discover films that they like or dislike, but they only embrace a handful of movies on a personal level, as if the filmmakers created the work especially for them. One of those is Bleecker Street’s “Captain Fantastic.”
Star Viggo Mortensen was honored this week at Variety’s Creative Impact Awards in Palm Springs. In his intro, chief film critic Peter Debruge hailed “Captain Fantastic” as “the performance of his career.” Debruge is right, but the film is not just a one-man show, as evidenced by the Cannes award for writer-director Matt Ross, and the SAG Award nomination for best ensemble (added to Mortensen’s own SAG nom).
Mortensen told Variety that audience members’ reactions have often been “fiercely personal,” because Ross has created people whose virtues and flaws are rarely depicted in movies. “The characters are so well written. They’re human and complex, which should be true of any script, »
- Tim Gray
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