Steven Spielberg, left, with his The Post lead actors Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, at the film’s European premiere on Wednesday. Image: Karwai Tang/ WireImage
Spielberg, widely acclaimed as “the worlds largest” commercially successful film-maker in cinema history, was ebullient in his praise:” She is crackerjack on the money on women’s issues and I call her the envoy of feeling. And home countries could use a dosage of empathy right now .”
Spielberg, who addrest Winfrey in his 1985 cinema The Color Purple, said the actor-turned-TV-mogul would be a unifying figure.” She’s been on the breath for 35 years with different forms of social outreach, building bridges between different doctrines and different points of view .”
Asked if she has the skill set to be president, he replied,” Does our current president have the skill set to be president ?”
Pressed for purposes of determining whether Democrat should look to change
Donald Trump with a candidate with determining knowledge rather than another Tv celebrity, Spielberg said:” I think we need a mindful, empathetic human being in the White House who understands beings and introduces beings ahead of their own the notions of capability and self-aggrandisement- and I reflect Oprah has already proven her capacity for selflessness .”
He noted that previous presidents had often arrived in department having fulfilled no persona comparable to the US presidency.” I visualize she’ll learn on the job the same room
Bill Clinton learned- a onetime governor of Arkansas- or Barack Obama, a junior senator, learned on the job. I’d much instead go for someone like Oprah Winfrey than a vocation politician .”
Asked if his promotion was serious, Spielberg said it was and that he’d” like the next president to be a president of the people “.
Spielberg was wording ahead of a news conference in London for
The Post, at which the film’s hotshot Meryl Streep said Winfrey talked like a presidential applicant should talk, and that she had the enunciate of a master.” Whether she is leading us to the candidate we need or whether she herself is a candidate, she provides the bar jolly high on safarus talk .”
Asked about the #MeToo and Time’s Up crusades Streep said we were determining a” world-wide seismic change “. She said:” As a movement it is pretty interesting to be involved because there isn’t a leader hierarchy, we don’t know who the top dog is. We have a hive, it is like a beehive of bees, there are more and more coming in. Everybody is seeing sugar, everybody is doing the good work.
” It is a moving happening and that’s good because it needs to tent-fly, it is important to alight on many different industries, many different enterprises … government, armed, the church. The prejudices and the imbalance of power isn’t just in Hollywood. The exploitation of women, their labour and their reticence to come forward … that goes right through civilizations , not just in the United States.
” It is a proliferating happening and “the worlds largest” heartening stuff for me is that it doesn’t feel like a one-off, I don’t think we’ll go backwards .”
Streep added that the movie industry, of course, needed to be diverse; a sensibility recall by her co-star
Tom Hanks who said, when it came to diversification,” video knocks movies’ ass “.” In television, which is probably better than it has ever been … dames are much better represented than they are in motion pictures .”
Hanks said he had worked with women heads such as Penny Marshall and Nora Ephron.” I’m of the contemporary who, sincerely, didn’t give too much of a shit about the gender of the person in charge .”
The Post, which tells the story of the 1971 duel by the Washington Post to publicize the Pentagon Papers- detailing decades of US government dishonesty over the fight in Vietnam- and which champions the role of the press, is also set to be seen as a coded attack on the Trump administration, which has established no secret of its militancy to what it bellows” the fake news media .”
The Guardian’s full interrogation with Steven Spielberg will appear next week.