Published October 04, 2013
LOS ANGELES – The government slimdown may still be going on as political parties spar over ObamaCare funding, but actor Mel Gibson is hoping some sort of political Superman will take charge.
“We need to someone to arise from the ashes of this Phoenix and save the day,” he told FOX411 at this week’s “Machete” premiere in Los Angeles.
In case you were wondering, no, it will not be the famously hot-headed “Passion of the Christ” creator.
“(So) who is that person? Not me,” Gibson continued. “But there has to be someone capable. It's sad that we are looking for that. But it will come.”
KISS frontman Gene Simmons was less optimistic and called the whole situation childish.
“It should be patently illegal. There should be amendment in the constitution that you are not allowed to close down the government. Either revolt, revolution and get rid of the government, or keep it open,” he opined. “Both parties are equally as guilty, they are both politicians and they are hurting people. People are going to lose their houses and their jobs because someone wants to make a political point and I think the masses, all of us, are sick and tired of it.”
The hot button topic continues to be of much interest in Hollywood, but experts have indicated that its impact on the entertainment industry shouldn’t be too far-reaching as the federal government really does not have any hugely significant day-to-day involvement with film and television production companies.
“State and municipal governments have permitting and licensing agencies, film offices that assist in finding locations and coordinating traffic control. State tax offices oversee rebates and tax credits for producers that film in their jurisdiction and the federal government plays no role in that,” entertainment attorney David Albert Pierce said. “But the federal government, like state governments, has a myriad of laws that affect filmmaking. In particular, federal laws governing safety in the workplace, wage-hour laws, immigration compliance, anti-discrimination etc. These remain in effect whether the government is shut down or not.”