October 9th, 2007
03:41 PM ET
11 years ago

Lights, camera, action: Reiner on the trail

Rob Reiner has a new directing project.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Hollywood mogul Rob Reiner is taking his directing skills from the lot to the campaign trail.

After announcing his support for Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, Reiner took another step to help her presidential bid by producing a movie for her campaign’s web site. The video, which was released on Tuesday, shows the legendary actor and director coaching Clinton volunteers on how to be more persuasive on the trail.

"No, no, you're not going to convince anyone with that," Reiner said to a female supporter making campaign calls. After grabbing the phone and lecturing her, she improved her performance and was able to get her message out.

Reiner announced in late September that he would officially back Sen. Clinton's presidential bid.

Reiner, the director of numerous box office hits, including "When Harry Met Sally," has been one of Hollywood's most politically active figures. He backed Howard Dean's 2004 presidential bid, but threw his star power behind Sen. John Kerry after he won the Democratic nomination.

Legendary director Steven Spielberg has also announced his support for Clinton.

- CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

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soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. VanReuter NY NY

    An acting coach helping Hillary and supporters.

    How appropriate.

    October 9, 2007 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  2. Common Sense


    October 9, 2007 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  3. Kenbo Longfoot

    Oh how I wish the "meathead" would choke on that big burger he's shoving down that fat face of his.Nothin' but love for the hollyweird mutants.YO!PEACEOOOOUUUTTTT!!!!Hobbit has spoken...

    October 9, 2007 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  4. ..::Eddie::.. Atlanta, GA

    I might be taking this TOO seriously, but is it positive to produce a video that highlights a director manipulating volunteers?

    Cute fluff, but I'm more for substance.

    October 9, 2007 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. Harry D, FL

    This dude looks like George Bush too. Why is it ever since I saw this bloodline video, everyone looks like Queen Elizabeth? You guys are rather disturbing.

    October 9, 2007 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  6. Chris, Middletown, CT

    ready...set....meathead jokes!! (the irony...you would have to be a meathead to buy into anything the left says....yes...I know we spent alot on the war angry Dems....but Hillary voted for it...and the other Dems financed it...they are EQUALLY guilty)

    October 9, 2007 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  7. John Chicago

    This loudmouth doesnt even live in a America, he lives in Hollywood and is totally out of touch with the average american. Please do two things for me go lose some weight you are embarrassing to look at and go read up on politics and history. This leftwing fanatic is completely clueless of what is going on in rural or urban america, the problems the normal american faces. Please just go away .....and stop eating so much

    October 9, 2007 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  8. donna L

    This is what happens when baby boomers become geezers - they forget their ideals and end up becoming part of the problem. For shame.

    October 9, 2007 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  9. Q. Christian Atlanta GA

    Finally Hollywood is getting behind a true candidate. Did anyone think about where Barack Obama's fundraising would have been if it weren't for Oprah throwing him a THREE MILLION dollar fundraiser?

    I applaud Rob Reiner and Steven Spielberg for recognizing what true leadership is and for acknowledging that Hillary is going to be the candidate of change that America so desperately needs.

    October 9, 2007 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  10. ALPHA

    Hes only supporting her because she's white.

    October 9, 2007 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  11. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Meathead for the meatheads?

    October 9, 2007 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  12. Lisa Ling, Dallas, TX

    I'm a Hillary supporter at this point, but do I really care if Rob Reiner or Steven Spielberg support her... NO. I make my own decisions, and I don't base them on which celebrity is supporting which candidate.

    October 9, 2007 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  13. Leila, Long Beach, CA


    Either those girls are bad at acting or they're just not motivated–big, fancy director or no fancy director.

    I didn't see a volunteer training video on Barack Obama's site.

    There is no need. He inspires thousands upon thousands of people. Key word here: *inspires* I've found his supporters to be so unusually motivated, excited, involved...inspired. Yet, they are also objective and open-minded. They do not participate in Hillary-bashing, but instead do their research and talk about facts/truths. If questions or confusion about Obama's actions or stance come up, they do their research. I don't find them to be blind followers. They expect him to stay true to himself. And so far, he has.

    To me, this says a lot about Obama's campaign. It is one of the hundreds of things that have turned me on to his vision.

    If you don't believe me, read the blogs on BarackObama.com. You'll be amazed as to how intellectual the conversations are. And of course, supportive.

    Thanks for your time.

    October 9, 2007 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  14. Lakisha St.Louis, Mo.

    Reiner is only supporting Clinton b/c she is white.

    Now how does that feel for all the idiots who said Oprah was only endorsing Obama b/c he is black.Doesn't make sense.

    Obama "08'

    October 9, 2007 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  15. joan niantic, ct.

    Rob Reiner relly lives up to the part he played in All In The Family. He was then and is now MEATHEAD. Who cares who he supports for President? Why does He think we are interested in his poor choice of the women who says whatever the voters want to hear. Does,nt anyone remember Her lying ways and her tainted money from The Chinese crook and her hiring of Sandy Berger are enough to turn your stomach. The woman is and always has been trouble for America.

    October 9, 2007 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  16. Leila, Long Beach, CA

    People, please, lets refrain from name-calling and stick to the facts. I don't agree with him either, but his weight has nothing to do with it.

    Obama '08

    October 10, 2007 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  17. Tom Dedham, Mass

    Holy smokes, did he eat Sally Stuthers?

    You would think that with a head that big, there would be one lucid thought, oh, that's right, he lives in Hollyweird.

    Land of out of touch liberals who "know what is best for us".

    October 10, 2007 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  18. Chris, FL


    Lakisha, you are right. I find that funny. It does sound silly. Oprah is scary though. Her head and eyes are big, you can't deny that. You also can't deny some people supporting their own.

    Overall you are right and I find it funny. Rock on sister.

    October 10, 2007 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  19. RA The Framing Wizard LV, NV

    May he should just give up on his efforts with helping her nomination; go out too celebrate and have a couple of glasses of Quats. Liquid fungicides that attack decay organisms. The quat preserve is used in swimming pool chemicals, shampoos, hospital mop washes, and many other human contact applications.

    October 10, 2007 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  20. RuthieM

    It's an ad like anybody else can make an ad, so why all the hoopla. All it shows is how unenthused her volunteers are, and you can actually see them thinking to themselves, as Reiner is trying to get through to them, "Oh darnit, I wish I had volunteered for the Obama campaign!"

    October 11, 2007 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |