September 6, 2005

Actor Brosnan says Bush ‘has a lot to answer for’

By Shiraz Sidhva

DEAUVILLE, France (Hollywood Reporter) - Pierce Brosnan was
the only big star on hand as the Deauville Festival of American
Cinema got off to a quiet start over the weekend, and he took
advantage of the spotlight to blast the Bush administration's
handling of the carnage caused by Hurricane Katrina.

"This man called President Bush has a lot to answer for,"
the former James Bond actor told reporters Saturday. "I don't
know if this man is really taking care of America. This
government has been shameful."

Brosnan was in the northern coastal resort promoting the
black comedy "The Matador," which opened the festival Friday.
The event was overshadowed by the weightier Venice
International Film Festival, which runs almost parallel to it.

Paul Haggis' "Crash" kicked off the 10-film competition
section reserved for independent filmmakers. The film, which
explores race relations, urban alienation and crime in America,
stars Matt Dillon, Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Brendan Fraser
and Thandie Newton.

Canadian-born director Haggis, who was in Deauville with
Dillon, told journalists that the film was about fear, which
often generated from ignorance. Dillon, who admitted to his own
prejudice about L.A. police officers, quickly learned that they
were "human" too, as he did research for his role.

Some of the film's themes suddenly took on very real
meaning in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the actor said,
adding that "it's upsetting to be here and see what's going on
over there."

Other films that were well-received over the weekend
include Harold Ramis' film noir, "The Ice Harvest," with Ramis
and actress Connie Nielsen on hand for the film's world
premiere Saturday; Jim Jarmusch's "Broken Flowers"; and Shane
Black's "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang," starring Robert Downey Jr. and
Val Kilmer, both of whom traveled to Deauville.

Director Roman Polanski made a surprise appearance to honor
director-screenwriter Robert Towne, his partner in crime on

Maverick director James Toback, whom the festival honored
Monday, could not make it to Deauville because his 92-year-old
mother took ill last week.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter