Liberal actor Richard Dreyfuss on Wednesday couldn’t resist trashing Dick Cheney as he promoted his new film role of Bernie Madoff. After Good Morning America co-host Amy Robach suggested he was playing “the most despicable man in modern history,” Dreyfuss derided, “Actually, he is the second most despicable man because I've already played Dick Cheney.”
(In 2008, the actor played Cheney in W, the George Bush biography by liberal director Oliver Stone.) Dreyfuss continued, “So, I have to say that he was the second and I loved playing them both.” This delighted Robach as the journalist laughed and admitted, “I'm recovering from that last response right now.”
In July of 2015, Dreyfuss asserted that he would like to rewrite the “obscure” Second Amendment.
In 2011, the actor compared the president of the conservative Citizens United to the genocidal dictator Pol Pot.
A transcript of the exchange is below:
AMY ROBACH: And Richard Dreyfuss joins us this morning. Thanks for being with us.
RICHARD DREYFUSS: Thank you.
ROBACH: You've certainly played a lot of roles in your long career. But what was it like playing, arguably, the most despicable man in modern history?
DREYFUSS: Actually, he is the second most despicable man because I've already played Dick Cheney. So, I have to say that he was the second and I loved playing them both.
ROBACH: [Laughter] I’m recovering from that last response right now.