Hollywood & Politics: 'Schindler's List' Producer Gerald Molen on His Obama-Probing Documentary

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In addition to "Schindler's List," Molen has produced or executive produced other Steven Spielberg-directed movies like "Jurassic Park" and "Minority Report," as well as blockbusters including "Rain Man" and "Twister."

The Oscar-winner entered "the Liberal monolith" to delve into the mysteries of the president.

This story originally appeared in the May 4 issue of The Hollywood Reporter.

When I worked with Steven Spielberg, I don't remember ever talking politics with him; I'm sure it may have come up, but it was never a concern. As an independent who leans conservative, I never carried a flag around saying I was a conservative, but I never hid my politics either. With my more liberal friends I've worked with, there was never a problem with disagreeing politically. It is the American way.

This last election, it was different. It was more difficult for conservatives to open up. I don't know why Hollywood is so monolithic in its liberal politics now. When I first started in the business, some of the bigger names in Hollywood on the right, like John Wayne and Bob Hope, weren't afraid to exhibit their political stripes. Today, those on the right have a tendency to hide their politics because the left is vindictive. I guess it has hurt some of them in the past, or they wouldn't hide. All of a sudden, if you disagreed with someone, they'd intimate you're a racist or intolerant of some people. It's a lot of hogwash. I've never tolerated racism, so if I'm accused of it, I'm offended. I think it's a tactic to shut people up.

Of course, there's Jon Voight and Kelsey Grammer and others who are big enough that they don't have to worry about bringing home a paycheck.

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I have to be honest: I love this country. I have grand­children and great-grandchildren, and I want the same opportunities I had for them, but I'm a touch nervous about the direction I see the country going in. I don't want to see these kids lose their opportunity for the American Dream.

There aren't a lot of people who know much about our president. Basically, my movie, 2016: Obama's America, will help solve that equation. I read Dinesh D'Souza's book The Roots of Obama's Rage when I realized that I, like many people, never really knew much about Barack Obama, and I loved the way it was laid out in his book. Dinesh answers the questions: Who is he, and what are his dreams?

The movie came about when I got a phone call from my partner in Hollywood, suggesting I get together with Dinesh. Of course, I liked the book, so away we went. Distribution on the movie is coming into place, and it should open in late June. Every American is our market -- left, right, middle, red and blue.

It's not really a negative take on Obama because both sides are looked at by Dinesh. The movie isn't out there saying you should vote one way or the other; it's just the truth, a lot of it from Obama's own words.

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I don't think the mainstream media was honest or did a good job vetting the president. They certainly didn't go after his background like they did George W. Bush or even John Kerry. For example, Obama was a professor of law, but there are no scholarly papers attributed to him.

Also, I'm disturbed by his penchant to circumvent Congress with his czars and by his reluctance to pay respect to the military by wearing an American flag pin. Saying that some people would be offended if he wore the flag was derelict, in my opinion. He's the president of the United States, for crying out loud. He's the commander in chief.

I saw a very dishonest film, Fahrenheit 9/11, from Michael Moore, and it ruined him for me. Look, there are documentaries, docudramas and propaganda. His movies fall into the latter category. My movie will be the truth.

Does Hollywood's liberalism seep into its movies? Let's look at the last eight or nine films about the military. I'd imagine you'd find one or two that were neutral and the rest with a liberal slant. It's not being honest with the American people. Movies shouldn't be used to teach an agenda.

In addition to Schindler's List, Molen has produced or executive produced other Steven Spielberg-directed movies like Jurassic Park and Minority Report, as well as blockbusters including Rain Man and Twister.