Tim Allen is an American actor and comedian who is most famous for his role in “Last Man Standing.” Awhile ago, the show got cancelled by ABS, but before that happened Allen did an interview for the Hollywood Reporter.
During this interview, they asked him a lot of questions, including what he though about President Trump, Hillary and Bill Clinton.
The reported started by asking Allen whose idea was it for Mike Baxter to have loud, conservative political views. He answered by saying:
“I brought that to the table. I wanted to be provocative. Mike Baxter is an educated Archie Bunker. Definitely. But you know what? I’ve earned it. I don’t say that lightly. I’ve been on a successful show and learned from the best. But I find Last Man Standing actually rougher than Home Improvement. We’re getting away with a lot of stuff. I’m really shocked. This is a meaner, sharper comedy than I’m used to. There’s a lot of times our very liberal writing staff will come up with stuff that even my character would say, “I don’t know if I can say that.””
Next, the reporter asked if Allen used his character to express his own political views. He said:
“It’s getting more and more comfortable. These guys know me so well that they’re writing stuff that is exactly what I would’ve said. It’s a marvelous thing when you have liberal people writing for [a show like this]. I believe Stephen Colbert was like that. He was pretending to be a conservative, I think. Someone said that. I never got that, but maybe I didn’t watch it enough.
For most of my life, I’ve been taxed above 38 percent. When you’re a young guy working the road and literally close to half of what you make goes to people who don’t help you at all but just bitch about it the whole time, that’s where I come from. I come from “no taxation without representation,” and it manifests itself in very peculiar points of view.”
The reporter asked Allen what makes him different from Mike. He responded:
“He’s milder than I am. You wouldn’t want to hear what I have to say. Escalate Mike Baxter with profanity and that’s basically me. He’s much more tepid because he’s a business owner. Mike Baxter is calmed way down, and I’m definitely not that guy.”
Allen was asked what annoys him the most. He said:
“Unearned responses, unearned praise, unearned income: I have opinions about it. When you watch the debates, on both sides you see clowns who say shit that ain’t ever going to happen, but lately, one party is the free shit party. They are just telling people they’re going to get all sorts of free shit. When you say you’re going to get free education, free healthcare — f—, free brown loafers — of course, everybody’s going to say yes to that. But you don’t mean it. That’s how you rack up debt, and debt is killing us. Whatever party is going to get us out of debt is my party.”
The next question was about Allen’s fears. He answered by saying:
“Well, we asked the female writing staff if they’d vote for Hillary just because she’s a woman, and they all said yes. So then the question was, “So if Sarah Palin was the female?” They all choked and they had to say, “Oh God, yes, we’d vote for her.” I didn’t quite buy it. I don’t think you should vote for somebody just because they’re tall, thin, yellow, green, whatever. Bernie Sanders, as nice a guy as he is, none of that shit’s going to happen. And Trump can’t send everybody to Mexico or whatever the f— he said. But give that guy the roads, bridges, infrastructure, power grid — just have him fix that shit for four years. He’s good at that. And he’s a businessman so he understands how debt load works. Forget the stupid shit he says about immigrants. That’s just ignorant. But he might be able to do the stuff that really needs fixing.”
When asked if he supports Trump, Allen said:
“I’m not opposed to anybody if their workload matches their bullshit load.”
The reporter asked why the had the show gone after Hillary but not Trump. Allen explained:
“It’s a little surprising to me. We have a very liberal writing staff, so I’m surprised they haven’t taken a shot at him. But we’re not sure he’s going to last, whereas the Clintons are like herpes: Just when you think they’re gone, they show up again.”
The last question was why they didn’t make an episode about Obama raising the communist flag at the White House that never made it to air. Allen said:
“We got network notes saying you can’t call the president a communist. So, of course, I really wanted to. I do it in rehearsal all day long.”
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