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Hollywood director Emmerich says mum won’t let him vote Green

The Local · 12 Sep 2011, 14:31

Published: 12 Sep 2011 14:31 GMT+02:00

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Emmerich, who directed big-budget environmental disaster movie "The Day After Tomorrow" in 2004, told the Berliner Zeitung newspaper on Monday that he had wanted to vote for the Green party in his native state of Baden-Württemberg earlier this year.

But his mother prevented him exercising his democratic rights from his adopted home in Los Angeles. "She gets so annoyed that I vote Green," he said. "Ever since my mother read that I vote Green, she’s stopped sending me the absentee ballot forms."

Emmerich said he was not surprised that his fellow Swabians elected Germany’s first ever Green state premier in March this year, and put the victory down to the controversial railway station construction planned in the state capital Stuttgart.

"The Swabians are basically very conservative and stubborn," he explained. "But when a project like Stuttgart 21 offends the whole population, then the Swabians stand up. Then they fight."

The Hollywood director, who has been working in the US film industry for over 20 years, also revealed that he recently became a US citizen partly so he could support President Barack Obama.

"On the one hand, I wanted to have a vote in the next US elections," he said. "Because Obama is going to need every vote he can get. And I didn’t want to become an American under Bush."

But Emmerich – who has kept his German citizenship – said he was not interested in joining the Democratic Party, unlike another prominent German émigré director Wim Wenders. "I’d prefer not to be tied to any particular party," he said, though he admitted hosting fundraisers for the Democrats.

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The soft-spoken Swabian is the man behind some of Hollywood’s major popcorn movies in recent times, including "Independence Day" and "2012." He is currently in Germany promoting his new film about Shakespeare "Anonymous."

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16:05 September 12, 2011 by derExDeutsche
His Mother remembers the old Communist Tricks of using emotion, guilt and peer pressure to further Social and Govt. policy.

Wisdom, that is lost on this schmuck. Didn't want to become a US Citizen under Bush. Good to see he is a Democrat, not an American. Well, you're going to be a US Citizen under a Republican soon enough, dummy. Looks like you'll have to leave !!!!! oh, please, please, please !!!
17:44 September 12, 2011 by neunElf
Mother knows best!
21:50 September 12, 2011 by finanzdoktor
Mommy's boy.

Hasn't he learned to complete a change of address form, or better yet, get his own mailbox, and have the mail forwarded to him?

And he is such a fantastic director, of complex films, and cannot even have his assistant accomplish such a simple task for him.
08:25 September 13, 2011 by delvek
He better hurry up and start supporting, the presidential clown is soon to be unemployed.

More people should listen to Mom be a lot less stupidity.
09:37 September 13, 2011 by frankiep

Great point.

Hey Mr. Big Shot Director. How about putting on your big boy pants and arranging for your ballot to be sent to Hollywood by yourself. You know, instead of resorting to looking like a douchebag by blaming your own mother and criticizing her political beliefs in public.

And by the way, 'The Day After Tomorrow' was one of the absolute worst movies I ever saw.
12:45 September 13, 2011 by Englishted

If this one is a clown what the hell was the last one ?.

Tea party politics can stay away .
17:07 September 13, 2011 by derExDeutsche
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