Daniel Craig: Politicians will stab you in the back
Daniel Craig does not appear to be a fan of politicians.
The 43-year-old British star of the new "Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" film and the recent James Bond movies puts them down in an expletive-filled rant during an interview published in to Men's Journal, which calls him "unashamedly left-wing."
"Politicians are (expletive)heads," Craig said in an interview in the magazine's January 2012 issue. "That's how they become politicians, even the good ones. We're actors, we're artists, we're very nice to each other. They'll turn around and stab you in the (expletive) back."
"Tony Blair started it much more than anybody's ever done. 'Go and have tea at 10 Downing Street,'" Craig said. "It becomes Mephisto. You immediately are aligning yourself with a political party."
Blair served as the UK's prime minister from 1997 to 2007 and was a left-leaning Labour party leader. Soon after he was elected, he famously posed for photos and had drinks with former Oasis singer and guitarist Noel Gallagher at a celebrity-packed reception at 10 Downing Street, the official London residence of the British premier.
"Mephisto" is the title of Klaus Mann's 1936 novel about a German man who abandons his Communist views and instead tries to gain favor with the rising Nazi Party to promote his acting career, which flourishes after he plays Mephistopheles in a production of "Faust."
In his interview, Craig also made reference to American actor George Clooney, who has used his celebrity status to promote political causes. Since 2004, he has donated almost $15,000 to Democratic causes, including Obama's 2008 presidential campaign.
Earlier this year, Clooney starred in the politically-charged film "The Ides of March," whose title refers to the date of the stabbing of Roman leader Julius Caesar in 44 BC.
"George has his finger on that political pulse and he's one of those guys who can get up and talk, and I don't have that," Craig told Men's Journal. "If someone shoves a microphone in your face and says, 'Explain yourself,' you have to have a 100 percent understanding of why you're doing it, and unless you are 100 percent, don't (expletive) do it, leave it alone, let your work speak for yourself."
Craig made headlines last month due to an interview with British GQ magazine, in which he appeared to bash U.S. reality star Kim Kardashian's family. The magazine quoted him as saying: "Look at the Kardashians, they're worth millions. I don't think they were that badly off to begin with but now look at them. You see that and you think, 'What, you mean all I have to do is behave like a (expletive) idiot on television and then you'll pay me millions?"