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Lou Grant would kick the ever lovin’ shite out of this guy and then enjoy a Scotch.

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)

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  • http://fando.blogs.com Natalie Davis

    Ed’s apparently lost his ever-lovin’ mind.

    Oh, Mr. Gra-a-a-nt…

  • McBub

    ed assner is a boob.

  • http://ari.typepad.com Steve Rhodes

    That is a really stupid statement to make. All I can think of was that he was pulling the legs of a couple of right-wing talk show hosts.

    Unfortunately, his nephew Gavin Newsom may be the next mayor of San Francisco.

    Jules Ansner is engaged to Steven Soderbergh.

  • Eric Olsen

    This is another in a stupifyingly long list of statements by celebrities on topics other than their particular area of expertise that leaves me bewildered as to why anyone EVER listens to them.

    Shut up and act, you loon.

  • ClubhouseCancer

    That Stalin sure had spunk.

    I hate spunk.

    Sincerely,

    James L. Brooks

  • Eric Olsen

    great one, CC!

  • http://www.unproductivity.com Tom Johnson

    But come on, Ed Asner as Santa?! Even if the movie sucks, that’s an inspired choice for a grumpy, senile Santa. But no one – NO ONE – can measure up to the evil Santa in A Christmas Story.

    /ignores Asner’s idiot comment. I just had to get a piece of the Santa angle.

    As you were, people.

  • http://ari.typepad.com Steve Rhodes

    The movie to look forward to is Bad Santa directed by Terry Zwigoff (Crumb, Ghost World) with Billy Bob Thornton as a Santa, Bernie Mac as an Elf, and John Ritter in his last film role.

  • http://fando.blogs.com Natalie Davis

    #5: LOL!

  • http://mcfrank.blogspot.com Chris Arabia

    Big Ed confirmed that suggestions that he was kidding were laughable at best.

    the idea that everyone everywhere will suddenly agree on everything, without which communism can only function through pervasive coercion, is too ridiculous.

  • Eric Olsen

    An unreconstructed commie, is he? gives new meaning to the term “limousine liberal.”

  • http://mcfrank.blogspot.com Chris Arabia

    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

  • http://mcfrank.blogspot.com Chris Arabia

    Is Robert Duvall chopped liver? Ed says nobody has tried to portray Stalin. Duvall did so in a somewhat forgettable movie named, yes, “Stalin.”

    The Inner Circle was not really about Stalin per se but did a nice job trying to portray the Soviet court.

  • Spurwing Plover

    Hollyweed is full of wacko pot heads too darn stupid to change their minds becuase they have no minds and no brains their booze and dope have pickled their brains