George Santosthe Republican congressman accused of being a serial liar has raised eyebrows with a call for “genuine” Oscar winners.
The New York the legislature has admitted that he constituted significant parts of his personaleducational and professional history and is now the subject of a series of investigations.
Santos spoke out about the state of Hollywood in a Sunday interview with pirate cables, where he said he only liked “real” actors.
“I have my favorite actors” he told the website. “And then I have the actors who I think are charismatic. JLo, The Rock. Melissa McCarthy. They are genuine.”
Santos, who has maintained he has done nothing illegal and refused to step down from the seat he won last November, says he will not watch The Oscars.
“I think the reason I stopped looking at them is that they’re not really going to put box (office) sellers there,” said Mr. Santos.
“They’re going to put the circle**** of who’s who – Quentin Tarantino, James Cameron, blah blah blah, all these fancy people, these elitists.”
Santos also told the site that Will Smith’s slamming of presenter Chris Rock last year was “damn stupid”, adding “Chris Rock is a genius.”
And the Republican was dismissive of Top Gun: Maverick star Tom Cruise, despite saying he hadn’t seen the film.
“Tom Cruise is not someone who inspires me to run to the movies. If Morgan Freeman had been in Top Gun: Maverick, I would have seen it.” he said. “Tom Cruise has given me enough evidence of what he thinks of America to make me dislike him.”
And he said he only appreciates actors whose “political beliefs” he claimed to know nothing about, including Mel Gibson, Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman and Angela Basset.
“Because they don’t share them. And do you know why that is? Because we look to them for entertainment. I appreciate these people so much because they are not activists.” he said.
Santos told the website that in his opinion, action films and comedies had no future at the box office.
“You’re not going to see another Adam Sandler, or Vince Vaughn, or Chris Rock or Kevin Hart. Well, Kevin Hart survives because — I guess he gets a pass because he’s a little black guy. People won’t want to make his life miserable.” he said.