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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

How not to win an Oscar

It doesn't take much to discern what will effectively halt a career in Hollywood. All one has to do is look at the plaudits given to the likes of George Clooney of Syriana fame or the award given for the "documentary Fahrenheit 9-11 or anything that "bravely" confronts America and all of it's "evils" and missteps in the world. With such encouragement, many times, the best that can be hoped for is that only a moral equivalency is proffered, rather than a completely destructive narrative being projected. However, simply do the opposite, without apology and the odds are that your career will not go much further, or that your struggle to succeed will greatly increase.

This brings us to Gary Sinise. I remember the first time I saw him was in the television adaptation of The Stand by Stephen King. I enjoyed the miniseries greatly, but the way Mr. Sinise played an ordinary man caught within extraordinary circumstances, stood out to me, above all, though surrounded by many very good performances. His career continued and eventually led to his best-known role, that of Lt. Dan in the movie Forrest Gump. His portrayal of a disabled and bitter Vietnam veteran, who eventually overcame his inner torments was very moving and has led to many calling out "Lt. Dan" when they seem him in public. Due to this, he has called the band that he now plays bass in, The Lt. Dan band. But, for all of his accomplishments, he may be endangering his career with what he has to say about current events.

He has spoken up before; about the good work, our troops are doing in Iraq and how the media is unbalanced in its coverage of their efforts. This hasn't been a one-time off the cuff remark but has been repeated, and most recently, in a rather straight shooting exclusive interview with Mr. Sinise has some things to say that may not have a positive affect on his career. Unlike George Clooney and others like him, this actually takes courage and involves risk. Since the interview is an exclusive, I'll just highlight some of what was in my email today, that brought it to my attention. Be sure to follow the link and read what he says. It's refreshing to see someone in Hollywood speak up for our troops and actually support them, rather than just display a bumper sticker claiming to support our troops while disparaging every aspect of their mission.

The U.S. media presents a "completely opposite" view of what is really happening with American troops in Iraq, highlighting the negative and ignoring the positive, Emmy Award-winning actor Gary Sinise tells NewsMax in an exclusive interview with James Hirsen. Read the full interview - Go Here Now

Be sure to read it all, Mr. Sinise isn't just so much talk but also action.

Sinise has entertained troops in Iraq and is a co-founder - along with "Seabiscuit" author Laura Hillenbrand - of Operation Iraqi Children, a program that enables ordinary Americans to provide boys and girls in Iraq with school supply kits distributed by our men and women in uniform.

The actor, who played disabled Vietnam veteran Lieutenant Dan in "Forrest Gump," is also a spokesman for the U.S. Disabled Veterans Life Memorial Foundation.

He is also the co-founder of the Lt. Dan Band, a musical ensemble that entertains troops via USO tours. (Sinise plays a mean bass.)

I hope that his career doesn't take a hit or that he prospers in other ways should that occur. God bless him for what he is saying and doing. It isn't very popular in Hollywood and he certainly won't win an Oscar for it. But, I get the impression, he could care less about that and is more concerned with doing what he believes is the right course of action, unlike the Dhimmiwit duo of Gary Busey and Billy Zane with the hate America movie they were recently involved with.

The contrast in words and action are wonderfully instructive, dramatic and hardly need comment. I can just hear some elements of the extreme lefties in Hollywood, trying to figure out how to give this foreign film some sort of award for being so bold, brave and filled with courage and daring to speak the truth. Such twisted criterion speaks volumes about those who hold to such views. At one time, such actions would have been called treasonous. But, when Jane Fonda is allowed to skate away from that charge, the best we can do is highlight the obvious. These people are useful idiots to those who hate the West, America, Jews or whoever happens to cross their path. Hopefully, it won't take another event of bloody carnage, on American soil, to remove the hardened scales from their eyes.

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