Save us from these egotistical stars who think they are world statesmen
Another week and another vainglorious and ill-informed Hollywood actor wades into a serious political issue only to make a complete twit of himself.
Sean Penn thinks Britain is being ‘colonialist, ludicrous and archaic’ about the Falkland Islands, and insists we must accept some sort of sharing agreement with Argentina, or he will be very cross with us.
Well, the chaps aboard HMS Dauntless must be quaking in their hammocks.
But far from proving his heavyweight moral and intellectual credentials, as he evidently hopes, Penn has merely proved what we suspected all along. Actors should speak the lines that somebody else has written for them, and then shut up.
Instead, all too often, they glimpse something important on the horizon and dash after it — only, with wearisome predictability, to grab completely the wrong end of the stick.