Richard Dreyfuss Gets Political, Says He no Longer Goes to Movies in TV Oscar Interview (Video)

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Oscar-winner wants to save the world, calls on Tea Party benefactors to affirm constitutional values

Richard Dreyfuss may have been in attendance at Sunday night's Academy Awards, but his focus was on bigger things than Hollywood's night of glamor.

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An Oscar-winner in 1978 for his lead role in The Goodbye Girl, Dreyfuss told OTRC after the show that he no longer goes to movies, and is instead busy being married and retired — as well trying to "save the country and win the Nobel [Prize]."

"I want people to re-sign the preamble [of the Constitution of the United States]" Dreyfus said. "As a matter of fact, I'd like everyone in the country to re-sign the preamble, just as a reaffirmation of who we are, because every people has a right to know who they are and why they are who they are. So the Koch brothers, I invite, to sign the preamble of the Constitution of the United States."

The Koch brothers — David H. Koch and Charles G. Koch — are the scions in charge of Koch Industries; they have become known for bankrolling Tea Party political candidates, as well as campaigns to restrict labor rights and regulations on Wall Street and greenhouse gas emissions.

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Dreyfuss, who in 2006 called for the impeachment of then-President George W. Bush, has long been a critic of special interest money in politics; in 2011, during an appearance at the National Press Club, he called for a constitutional amendment "prohibiting money, politics and television." He also started The Dreyfuss Initiative in support of teaching civics in schools.

While he may not go to the movies any longer, the star, who made his name in Steven Spielberg's Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, continues to work in both TV and film. He had an arc in Ron Howard's ABC dramedy Parenthood in 2011, and he'll star in the Tony and Ridley Scott A&E medical miniseries Coma with Lauren Ambrose, Steven Pasquale, Ellen Burstyn, James Woods and Geena Davis.

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