During a promotional appearance for his upcoming movie “Elf,” in which he plays Santa Claus, veteran actor Ed Asner answered a question about which historical figure he’d most like to portray in a biopic:
“I think Joe Stalin was a guy that was hugely misunderstood,” said Asner. “And to this day, I don’t think I have ever seen an adequate job done of telling the story of Joe Stalin, so I guess my answer would have to be Joe Stalin.”
Suddenly the time had run out, and for the third time in less than 18 hours, Ed Asner had puzzled the room he was in, into a stunned and disbelieving silence.
If this guy isn’t on drugs, then maybe he should be. And he’s playing Santa? Or maybe a Stalinist Santa Claus is an idea whose time has come. Let’s see: “You’ll take this ‘Junior Stakhanovite Smelter’ and you’ll like it, or I’ll send the kid who’s getting the ‘L’il Chekhist Interrogation and Extreme Reprisal Kit’ over to your house!”
Asner discussed his gig as a store Santa, and the distress he felt in taking toy orders from impoverished kids. Ed, would you have felt distress for the millions of Soviet kids who lost parents to Stalinism and didn’t even get good toys in exchange?
Speaking of portly gentlemen and drugs, Easy Ed also offered this appendix to the Limbaugh addicition story:
”Hannity’s next,” said Asner. ”We’re going after him just like we went after Limbaugh. And you saw what happened to Rush this week, right?”
You’re a class act, Ed. If Hannity has committed a felony (like Clinton, and as is alleged of Rush), then fine, unmask him. In the event, I don’t think he’s the best successor to Rush. I don’t find him especially insightful or humorous.
To express it in a way that Ed Asner would readily grasp, think of Hannity as analogous to Georgi M. Malenkov in the struggle to succeed Stalin, and some as yet less prominent conservative voice as Nikita S. Khrushchev, under which circumstances Rush would be Stalin and hence Rush would be Easy Ed’s pal. Wouldn’t he?
If you were wondering, Ed did not co-produce Jules Asner. She is his ex-daughter-in-law.
UPDATE: Asner is still sympathetic to the Soviets but the clown who reported the story misquoted him. Correction follows (and reduces the humor value of this item to near zero). Sorry, Ed, we’ll always have Minneapolis.
Asner should be spelled with one ‘s’ especially in comparison to the idiot who interviewed him
Ed Asner is still a bit of a Communist sympathizer, but he did not give Stalin the ringing endorsement that Professional Horse’s Arse Kevin McCullogh attributed to the man who was Lou Grant. Here’s what Easy Ed said:
McCullough: “If you could portray an historical biography and you had an unlimited budget, unlimited support cast and everything you could ask for, who would it be?”
Asner: “Well, you know something, they’ve played Hitler, nobody has ever really touched Stalin, it just occurred to me. It’s not because I am a liberal or anything like that. Stalin is one big damn mystery, I wonder why nobody has tried it? Many people, you know, speak of the fact that he killed more people than Hitler – why does nobody touch him? It’s strange. So, and he was about my size, my height – with a wig I probably could do it.”
So I guess it’s McCullogh who should get off the drugs.
Nevertheless, Asner went on the Hannity radio show and offered this sympathy for the Communist devil:
Asner said he believes that Communism has not really been tried because the United States, primarily, interfered with Communist countries’ functioning and integration into the world.
END OF UPDATE
Originally at Molotov Cocktail Frank.
(Green Donegal Tweed Cap Tip: Andrew Sullivan)