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

Cheney belongs in jail, says Dreyfus

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/03/19/art.dreyfus.gi.jpg 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. Alan

    It's amazing to me how many people who obviously listen closely to every word Rush Limbaugh speaks decry the opinions of "mindless actors."

    What laws did Cheney break? How about the Geneva Convention - mostly written by the U.S. and imposed on the REST of the world. No-bid contracts to Haliburton - Cheney's former employer - would be another. Among many.

    March 19, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  2. meh

    How stupid to discount someone's opinion because of his profession.

    March 19, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  3. Dave Bryant

    Hey guys, guess what, after the Bush Cheney administration gutted the civil liberties laws you no longer have to commit a crime to be put in jail. You don't even have to be charged with anything at all. You can be held indefinately with no communication to the outside world. So LOCK EM UP!!!! Let them enjoy the fruits of their labors.

    March 19, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  4. Jose Orjuela

    Lord, and exactly how much of his "Acting" money has he given to help people?

    Actor's should be seen and heard in the imaginary worlds they populate only.

    March 19, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  5. Bev

    Do we really care what celebrities think? I certainly don't. And just a note for all you celebrities out there who think your political views are more important than mine....when you cross the line from entertainer to opinionated pinhead...you immediately go on my "Do not watch their movies or give them my money" list. This country has a two party system. The country is half and half. When you give your opinions no matter what they are half the people are going to be offended.

    Shut up and do what you're paid to do and stay out of the political system.

    March 19, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  6. Gabby

    I agree! He needs to be in jail !

    March 19, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  7. Geo1

    I agree. Chaney needs to take his wife on a romantic vacation and leave the new administration to manage the country. I was disappointed to see John King sought him out to be on his show. I did not watch the show and I will not listen to anything Chaney has to say.

    March 19, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  8. Hunter Reid

    Frankly, I attach more significance to what my plumber, trash disposal person, or paper delivery man has to say about political matters than the whole lot of Hollywood bozos. Since when does "acting" qualify someone to be an authority of anything beyond the stage. They are about as far removed from reality as it gets.

    March 19, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  9. moderate

    Fully agree. This guy along with the so called former president should be in Jail. What a group of thieves

    March 19, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  10. carol

    Richard D. is right. Cheney should be in jail. And he should shut up about the new administration!!!! Nobody cares what Cheney thinks!

    March 19, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  11. Mitch Eisenman

    While I agree that the views of an actor are no more important that any other citizens, one thing is abundantly clear — Dick Cheney was a shameful blot on America and will go down as the worst VP in U.S. history.

    March 19, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  12. Mike

    We like to say that everyone is entitled to his/her opinion -I hope that by now Mr. Dreyfus is expressing his as an American citizen – seems to me he's a Canadian. Of course they have nothing to criticize up there!

    March 19, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  13. Nathan,

    The country is more safe because Cheney and his underling Bush are no longer in charge. This man creates an enviorment that would require our children to continously have to fight wars because of his paranoia.

    March 19, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  14. reggie

    Who cares what Dreyfus says, anyway. Maybe, he'd be better served thanking Vice Pres Cheney for helping protect this country for 8 years and all the other years he served this country in his various roles.

    March 19, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  15. Kansas Voter

    I have met a few actors in my time. Most have a very high opinion of themselves. Which leads them to belive everyone else cares what they think. Most of the ones I have met are not the shapest people you might might go to for advice.

    That being said, I agree with Mr. Dreyfus. But his opinion, as well as mine should not matter to anyone. Look at the issues that matter to you. Find out what your side says. Then find out what the opposition says about the same issue. They may have some ideas that could be incorporated in your thinking even as you oppose them.

    Think people, nobody wants stupid people running the country. If you want to know what would happen if they did study the last four years.

    March 19, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  16. Truth Hurts

    Most Americans share the same views that this actor share!! The truth will set you free right-wingers!!

    March 19, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  17. Scott

    "According to recently released legal memos from the Bush-Cheney administration, the former vice president believes that the federal government can ignore the First Amendment and suppress free speech and freedom of the press as part of its "war on terror."-Paul Begala

    How can any true patriot not believe that Cheney should be brought up on charges for violations to the Constitution? He really believes that trampling our rights is preserving freedom? Is it just me or is this illogical nonsense? Send him to jail!

    March 19, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  18. scott

    Three questions: Why is this even newsworthy? I mean, who cares what this clown thinks. He's an actor. that doesn't make him an expert on law and politics.

    Second question: If he thought Cheney was such a bad guy, why was he willing to play him? Could it be for the almighty dollar? What a hypocrit.

    Third question: For all of you who want Cheney Tried, what are you planning on trying him for? What evidence do you have that he committed a crime? Just becuase you didn't like him or disagreed with him, doesn't make him a criminal. If that was the case, then we should have slapped some handcuffs on the Clintons years ago.

    March 19, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  19. Sniffit

    @ Indiana Voter, who said "Just because you disagree with them on policy, doesn't mean they broke the law. "

    Torture is not a "policy." Wiretapping the American public is not a "policy." Lying to start a war is not a "policy." Refusing to obey a Congressional subpoena is not a "policy." The list goes on...and on...and on....

    March 19, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  20. Regular People

    Edward Blake commented this already, but it bears repeating:

    Dick Cheney is a war profiteer who belongs in jail for the rest of his life. Cheney, Bush, Alberto- and a host of cronies broke the law. Then they said they didn't break the law because if the president says it's okay, it's not illegal.

    Well that's wrong, according to our Constitution.

    When they are led away in handcuffs, THEN and only then will our nation be able to trust in our own laws again.

    March 19, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  21. br

    It's not a matter of disliking his policies; it's a matter of his violating both the Constitution and international law - as the Red Cross has just confirmed. Dreyfuss is absolutely right that Cheney belongs in prison.

    March 19, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  22. 30m-Democrat-voted Clinton then McCain

    ..and so does Obama, in my opinion.

    March 19, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  23. Chetan

    Yes, Richard, I cannot agree more with you. Also send war criminal Bush to the same jail cell as Cheney. The key question is: Who will do it?!

    March 19, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  24. Bill NY

    Why is he not at least on trial?The Iraq war is all about pumping up Halliburton's profits! To hell with everybody else!!!

    March 19, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  25. Aaron

    Yea, because Dreyfus really knows politics. He's nothing more than the same old wet-behind-the-ears bloggers that you run into all over the internet toady.

    March 19, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
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