Actor Attacks President Trump While Promoting Film In Berlin

Katie Jerkovich | Contributor

Stanley Tucci said President Donald Trump will “eviscerate the arts” and doubts his administration finds “education” important while promoting his latest film in Berlin Saturday.

The 56-year-old actor and director told Variety during a press conference at the 67th Annual Berlinale International Film Festival, that he doesn’t think his film or anyone in the arts can change the president’s mind to reportedly cut funding from the National Endowment of the Arts(RELATED: Celebrities Have Meltdown Over ‘Nightmare’ Confirmation Of AG Jeff Sessions)

BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 11: Stanley Tucci attends the 'Final Portrait' press conference during the 67th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin at Grand Hyatt Hotel on February 11, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

(Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

“I don’t think our film can influence the president in any way, shape, or form,” Tucci responded. “There, government has always had an ambiguous relationship to the arts in the U.S. … I can imagine if this administration has its way, they will eviscerate the arts.” (RELATED: Celebrities Freak Out Over Trump’s Immigration Restriction)

“Art should be an intrinsic part of life, but many people don’t see art as an important part of education,” he added. “This administration may not even see education as important.”

It is unclear what he meant about the administration not valuing education, but this week the Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos as secretary of education. Her confirmation has been attacked by many in Hollywood who feel that she is against public education.

Tucci was at the festival promoting his film “Final Portrait,” which stars Geoffrey Rush and Armie Hammer, in the film adaptation of “A Giacometti Portrait,” a biography about Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti.

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