David Mamet: ‘The Essence of Science is Doubt, to Follow Truth Wherever it Leads…’Posted: November 12, 2013
“…that’s also the essence of drama to follow the truth of human interaction where it leads. You can’t do that while you’re also trying to promote a political agenda…”
Mamet’s appearance was brief, I happened to catch the segment, which was only a few moments. (artists and authors are rarely the lead guest on news programs, even dramatists of Mamet’s stature) Mamet’s comments, summarized here in this RealClearPolitics item, appear to focus on one minor comment, that Hollywood conservatives are “legitimately frightened for their jobs“, but that’s just a provocative headline, not a reflection of his commentary. After the jump is a transcript of the Mamet interview. Mamet’s new book, “Three War Stories“, is available in paperback, and also as a Kindle edition.
Screenwriter and playwright David Mamet tells FOX News’ Megyn Kelly why there seems to be so few conservatives in Hollywood. Mamet said that people in Hollywood who fake being liberal do so because they’re “legitimately frightened for their jobs.” [VIDEO]
Mamet explained why he believes there are few open conservatives in Hollywood. “Conservatives believe in smaller government and in the power of the electorate. So I think that we’re less likely to try to use a dramatic forum to warp people’s political views.” —RealClearPolitics
KELLY: How about that? David Mamet is one of the rare conservatives in Hollywood and author of the new book “Three War Stories” in addition to a Pulitzer Prize winner, he won a Tony nomination for “Glen Gary Glen Ross” and “Speed The Plow” and wrote the verdict in “Wag the Dog.” What a pleasure to have you here, sir. Thank you so much for being here. Is Hollywood getting more conservative?
DAVID MAMET, AWARD-WINNING PLAYWRIGHT: No. It’s not.
KELLY: What’s happening on “The Tonight Show”? Is it just ObamaCare or did they have a few pops before they went over that night?
MAMET: That’s not Hollywood, that’s Ted Cruz and the people in the audience, God bless them.
KELLY: Those are real people.
MAMET: Well, there are different ways to convene people. You can convene as an electorate and they will think in a certain way. A jury thinks another way. You can convene people as an audience and they think in a third way. My racket as a dramatist is to convene them as an audience and to tell them the story. I have never met a stupid audience in my life, ever. They are always smarter than I am.
KELLY: Why aren’t there more writers who will boldly go where very few go and write something that might be appealing to conservative audiences? It seems like most of the people in Hollywood, correct me if I’m wrong, are liberal or at least fake it.
MAMET: Well, that’s true. Because the people who are faking it are legitimately frightened for their jobs, but the drama is not a means to convey political views. So a conservative, I would think and I know as myself, understands that. It’s like being a psychiatrist at the party, when you are at work you’re a psychiatrist. At a dinner party someone who says, Doc, tell me why I hate my mother, that’s inappropriate.
So when someone writes a drama for him or her to use that drama to put forward a political belief is inappropriate. Conservatives believe in smaller government and in the power of the electorate. I think we are less likely to use it in dramatic form to warp people’s political views.
KELLY: Do you get pushback? We just had actor Vince Vaughn come out and declare himself a conservative. People talked about, oh, he outed himself. Have you received pushback since you have declared your political views?
MAMET: Well, I lost a lot of acquaintances — in fact, I lost all my acquaintances and a few friends, but who has a bunch of good friends anyway? I still have good friends and some of the people I thought were my friends, some of them went glimmering. It’s better to know the truth.
KELLY: I guess so. Do you find it ironic?
KELLY: Usually liberals pride themselves on being the most accepting group there is.
MAMET: Well it’s not ironic it’s absurd. Of course, they pride themselves on being the most accepting group there is. As the rabbis say, if you are not sure what to atone for, examine your good deeds.
KELLY: Here’s my next question. You heard our interview with an architect of ObamaCare, your thoughts on the law, which seems to be causing a ruckus, even on the West Coast.
MAMET: Well, that guy’s screwed because if you listen to him, he’s a scientist. He was correct in 2010 but he can’t come out and answer your questions directly because he’s trying to promote an agenda. You cannot both promote an agenda and be a scientist because the essence of science is doubt, to follow truth wherever it leads. If I may, that’s also the essence of drama to follow the truth of human interaction where it leads. You can’t do that while you’re also trying to promote a political agenda because you always end up with me and my tractor. Anybody can mouth the essential verities. So what? That’s no fun.
KELLY: Interestingly, you have interesting theories in the new book “Three War Stories” about soldiers. You talk the about how they in the history of our world exist to promote peace. Something you say sometimes the left in your words seems to pretend not to understand. It’s an interesting book to come out on Veterans Day.
All the best with it sir, it’s a pleasure to meet you. Thanks for coming on.
MAMET: Thanks for the time. I appreciate it.
KELLY: All right, see you soon. “Three War Stories” is the book.
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