Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s government is getting into the film business, putting $18 million into Hollywood star and political activist Danny Glover’s latest project.
Glover, one of the leftist leader’s closest celebrity supporters, plans to direct a film “Toussaint” on the life of Haitian revolution leader Toussaint Louverture, and Venezuela plans to tap proceeds from a recent bond sale with Argentina to help finance it.
The money will help cover “the scripts, production costs, wardrobe, lighting, transport, makeup and the creation of the whole creative and administrative platform,’’ according to a document from the congressional finance commission.
Glover is among a group of high-profile supporters, also including singer Harry Belafonte and Princeton University scholar Cornel West, who have defended the Venezuelan president against accusations of democratic abuses. Glover has met Chavez during visits to Venezuela and even appeared on his television and radio talk show, “Hello, President.’’
Venezuela’s government also approved an additional $1.8 million in “seed money’’ to produce “The General in His Labyrinth,’’ a film based on a novel by Colombian Nobel Prize-winning writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez to be directed by Venezuela-born director Alberto Arvelo.
We can only wonder how many closet leftist supporters of these dictators are in Hollywood but don’t announce it to protect their careers.
Chávez has sharply cut private companies’ role in Venezuela’s lucrative oil industry, and uses the state oil company to funnel billions of dollars to his social projects. He has nationalized the leading telephone company and the main electric utility. He speaks of wanting to drive a stake through the heart of capitalism, limiting the role of money and installing a barter system.
Since coming to power, the Chávez government has handed over 8.8 million acres, an area bigger than Maryland, for use by the poor. While much of this was state-owned land that was either idle or leased to ranchers, some 4.5 million acres were “recovered” from private owners.
It’s nice to see Socialism rearing it’s ugly head while Glover takes the money for a movie.
The picture above is Glover and Harry Belefonte. We’re sure there is one of Glover kissing the behind of Chavez too.
Source: Washington Wire (WSJ Subscription)