'Storyville' Tells Only Part of Spader's Politics
Spader maintains a political profile both on and off the screen.
LAURIN SYDNEY, Anchor: As Vice President Dan Quayle continues his one-on-one with Hollywood's cultural elite, many feature films are exploring the morality of Washington's political elite. Storyville, opening Friday, stars James Spader as a congressional candidate. Sherri Sylvester talked with the actor about his political roles on camera and off.
SHERRI SYLVESTER, Entertainment Correspondent: James Spader makes a run for Congress in Storyville and enters the world of the political elite, but in Campaign '92 the actor finds himself in a hall of mirrors, a member of the Hollywood elite under attack by political conservatives.
JAMES SPADER, Actor: I think that anybody that perceives Hollywood as being elite in any way is ignorant. Hollywood's not elite. They're people making movies.
SYLVESTER: His political character, Cray Fowler [sp?], makes a moral misstep which could cost him his career. Spader is not sure that one false move should be the deciding factor for any candidate.
SPADER: If it only affects their life, and their private life, it's
only a moral issue to you if it fits into your fabric of morality.
SYLVESTER: But in this real-life campaign against Hollywood, Spader is certain about his responsibility as a moral role model.
Mr. SPADER: I don't accept responsibility for that, you know? I- my own values and my own morals are not the same morals and values that you have, and they aren't the same morals and values that the next person has. It's a mistake to put that burden on Hollywood.
Storyville is more than a political tale. It is a tale of murder,
greed, and lust within an established Southern family set against
Mr. SPADER: It's not because I'm going to say, 'Well, I'm intrigued by that film, so everyone else should be as well.' It's simply out of completely selfishness. I'm intrigued by it; I want to work on it. If people want to go see it, wonderful. If they don't, I'm still going to put the money in the bank.
© 9/1/1992 Sherri Sylvester, CNN Entertainment News, Hollywood (Thank you, Susan!)