Everybody is posting parts of this article today, but here I go. (Lemming that I am.)
John Rhys-Davies, perhaps best known as Indiana Jones’ friend Sallah, plays Gimli, son of Gloin, in The Lord of the Rings films. He’s got some profound things to say about the state of things in the world today.
“I think that Tolkien says that some generations will be challenged,” said Rhys-Davies, “and if they do not rise to meet that challenge, they will lose their civilization. That does have a real resonance with me.”
Pointing a finger at the media, Rhys-Davies went on, “What is unconscionable is that too many of your fellow journalists do not understand how precarious Western civilization is, and what a jewel it is… The abolition of slavery comes from Western democracy. True democracy comes from our Greco-Judeo-Christian Western experience. If we lose these things, then this is a catastrophe for the world.”
Sure, he’s just a guy taking advantage of the spotlight that’s shining in his direction and speaking his mind. He’s no more qualified to have an opinion than anyone else. But he certainly expresses himself in a much more dignified and intelligent manner than so many stars who work themselves into a lather while taking potshots at President Bush.
Most will just dismiss Rhys-Davies as a nut who’s taking his five minutes to share his screwball ideas. I’m not arguing. I’m just wondering why no one thinks that when Garofalo, Madonna, and Sarandon do exactly the same thing, but usually with much less eloquence.