Mitt Romney Chooses Paul Ryan as VP: Hollywood Reacts

Romney Ryan - H2012

Romney Ryan - H2012

With the confirmation that the presumptive GOP nominee picked the congressman as his running mate, Rupert Murdoch, Alec Baldwin and other industry names chime in.

Given that Mitt Romney's choice of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate was a move to excite the right wing of the Republican Party, and that Hollywood is closely aligned with the re-election effort of President Barack Obama, it should come as little surprise that the immediate reaction from the industry has been less than enthusiastic.

Though it remains early, a few filmmakers and comedians have already chimed in. Michael Moore called the pick a smart choice, if only for Ryan's ability to "get people to the polls," as he slammed him for stoking "ignorance and fear." Meanwhile, Kal Penn joked that he was upset Romney hadn't chosen Lousianna Gov. Bobby Jindal, as he could have played him on television. And Alec Baldwin went so far as to liken Ryan to Sarah Palin.

Two supporters: Suzanne Somers and Rupert Murdoch, both of whom praised the Ryan pick.