March 19th, 2009
02:29 PM ET
13 years ago

Cheney belongs in jail, says Dreyfus

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Dreyfus was in Washington to promote preservation of Civil War battlefields."](CNN) - He played Dick Cheney in the recent Oliver Stone film 'W,' but Richard Dreyfuss made clear he's no fan of the former vice president.

In Washington Wednesday to promote preservation of the country's civil war battlefields, Dreyfuss quipped to Politico he's not missing former President Bush's No. 2.

"I miss having him in jail, that's where he belongs," the actor said.

Watch: Cheney: I worry very much

Dreyfuss is known for his outspokenness across the political spectrum, calling his former director Oliver Stone a "fascist on the left" last fall.

Cheney himself isn't holding back punches of his own. In an interview on CNN's State of the Union with John King last Sunday, he derided the Obama administration's national security policies and said they have made the country less safe.

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soundoff (225 Responses)
  1. JJ12345

    March 19th, 2009 11:12 am ET

    I didnt know that Dreyfuss is a Constitutional lawyer. But I guess he can play one on tv or maybe he stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

    March 19, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  2. maya

    Look, if i had to pinpoint anyone in that administration to loathe it would be Cheney because he is a dick!!!!!!!!!! He kept a lot of things from the president. He basically took over his VP job in the wrong direction. It's like he's an evil genius plotting to tear down Obama in anyway but fails because our President Obama has a backbone and is even tempered. Cheney is just a cranky old man who needs to get some sleep.

    March 19, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  3. Dreyfus the idiot

    Dreyfus belongs in the psycho ward/ No clue. No brains. Not really an American, Belongs to every fringe liberal lunatic group imaginable. The INS should deport this guy

    March 19, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  4. steven

    There are more important issues then this like our enemies in South America like Chevos contine to build its military you have China, North Korea and Iran and Syria building nuclear weapons you have Russia rebuilding its military you have afghanistan and Iraq to deal with... Wake up America the enemies of the United States are plotting against us and all we care about is fame and what dumb Hollywood actors think.... and the European Union continues to get strong and will one day bring the US to its knees our economic crises is only going to get worse

    March 19, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  5. Independent

    Let's acknowledge the real terrorists...Bush and Cheney.

    March 19, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  6. John

    Cheney must know that he is despised by the majority of the worlds population. He would likely not survive in the world if he didn't travel covertly. His best chance is to kick off before his secret service staff is removed in 2018.

    March 19, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  7. James from Florida

    Who the hell are you?

    March 19, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  8. Pam Reynolds

    I wonder how many years it will be before we learn how mentally ill George Bush and Dick Cheney actually are.

    March 19, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  9. kevin

    It is so funny that these liberal idiots in Hollywood can overlook a felony by a Democrat (yes, Bill Clinton did perjure himself ion a court of law which is a felony if anyone in this country had the courage to go get him) yet the GOP leaders should go to jail. Dreyfuss be real or get off the planet, your Hollywood politics will ruin this country in the long run.

    Come on, saying someone to jail has o be outside political feelings, you can't overlook a crime by a democrat and call a republican a big moster. Some of us have the opinion that Clinton paved the way to show W how to abise presidential power, and Clinton was real good at that too. Oh wait, you liberals don't want to hear that your guy did it too.

    March 19, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  10. Michael

    Dreyfuss, keep you mouth shut and continue to make bad movies.

    March 19, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  11. rena


    I totally agree with on this matter. I mean everyone on this blog is voicing their opinion, but somehow feel that actors/actresses don't have the same right. Last I checked it your choice to go see their talent of acting, not by force or demand. So basically you are not paying them to do anything by some people views on this blog. You are giving your money to something your are taking pleasure in, not by mere force.

    All has a right to voice their opinion. It's your choice to agree or disgree.

    March 19, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  12. Marian from Ohio

    "Top Actor" means Richard Dreufuss? According to whom? His mother?

    March 19, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  13. Steve C

    Somebody tell me why the Former VP belongs in jail again? And if it is so obvious he does- then why isn't he? Seriously.. I do not know what the guy did that was criminal and this statement from RD just isn't very persuasive. I

    March 19, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  14. Bev

    Dick Cheney and George Bush did not commit any crimes. It is amazing to me how liberals just make up a lie and they repeat it so often they actually start believing what they said. The only crime President Bush committed was not standing up to the liberals and their lies and fighting back. He had too much integrity to bring himself to their level. Sadly, George Soros and his cronies bought off enough people to get this totally unexperienced president we now have elected and the democrats are taking every cent they can get their hands on before our eyes while we watch. You people have no idea how bad things are going to be clue at all.

    March 19, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  15. guadalupe

    ok, we put cheney in we jail obama for using our money and continue to abuse his power. this can go both ways.

    March 19, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  16. Ms. Johnson, Pearland,Texas

    Richard is right cheney should be in jail with his constant fear mongering. I have never heard one positive thing come out of his mouth. He wants people to believe that 9/11 did not happen during his rein of terror. He has made the country less safe with his one answer of WAR to everything. His friends at Haluburton, KBR, and Blackwater have earned generations of wealth off of the lives of underpaid Troops and the Iraqi people.

    March 19, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  17. RahmAxleRod SuperTroopers

    Dreyfus is a moron... Back to school loser..

    March 19, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  18. steve

    I lean to the left but I agree with you Charlie, we all have our opinions, unfortunatly the folks in Hollywood just have a bigger stage to speak from. Also just as people look up to athletes people look to Hollywood and think because they are famous their views must be important. Our voices can be heard at the polls and we get the opportunity to be heard at the national level every two years while voting fo congress and president. You could add Hank Williams Jr. and Chuck Norris to your comment as well.

    March 19, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  19. Gary from illinois

    Why can't Mr. Dreyfuss have an opinion. He is a us citizen. Maybe bush-cheney cartel is above the law. They commited worst crimes than Nixon. So much for eqeal justice for all. May bush-cheney burn in hell for there crimes. Because they will never be charged in life. Long live democracy. Smash and destroy the GOP (Gas and Oil Party)

    March 19, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  20. el Rob O

    Put the Top Actor in jail – for bad acting. I've seen his movie and he sucked.

    March 19, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  21. Chaz

    Cheney's a thug who got 400+ soldiers killed.
    Tell it like it is Richard.
    I'm glad you're gone Cheney.

    March 19, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  22. Maryann Rose

    Stop saying that actors shouldn't speak out. He's an American citizen just like all of you posting here.

    Should we all not read what you have to say, simply because you're not famous? No! I read everything here on the blogospere, even though some comments make me want to gouge my eyes out!

    March 19, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  23. sue

    If Carlos "Chuck" Norris can become the president of Texas then Richard Dreyfus can certainly give his opinion too!!!

    March 19, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  24. susie

    Obama has divided and still divides this country. His team bashes anybody who doesn't agree with him. Obama has stirred more turmoil than any other President.

    March 19, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  25. Robert Burke

    Thank God for CNN. Fox has thus far ignored the news that someone as important as Richard Dreyfuss has an opinion about something outside his extremely limited area expertise. I wonder if Anson Williams or any of our other fine actors have weighed in. Good work CNN!

    March 19, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
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