Zach Galifianakis: There are a lot of ‘sociopaths’ in office

Galifianakis promotes new film “The Campaign.”


Actor Zach Galifianakis believes that the amount of “sociopaths” in public office is the reason for the bipartisanship that currently prevents the Obama administration from accomplishing many of its legislative goals.

Mr. Galifianakis appeared at a press conference in New York on Friday to promote his upcoming film “The Campaign, ” where he co-stars with comedian Will Ferell. Mr. Ferell and Mr. Galifianakis play two southern politicians running for a seat in Congress.

The “Hangover” star is not known for his political views, but spoke rather candidly about his thoughts on the state of politics in the U.S. today.

“It seems there are a lot of sociopaths right now that are in office,” said Mr. Galifianakis, adding that he does not believe that his film, “The Campaign,” will encourage Americans to try to change the state of U.S. politics.

“No, never,” said Mr. Galifianakis, when asked whether he felt the film would have a deep impact on voters and politicians alike.

Mr. Galifianakis admitted though that he does believe that the scenes in the film are not that distant from the reality of politics. Mr. Galifianakis and Mr. Ferell play two overly aggressive politicians from North Carolina that want to represent their small legislative district in Congress.

“Well, I think if people are laughing at the movie and then kind of feel what we’re going for, they’ll kind of see the heightened reality that we come up with is not that heightened to reality,” said Mr. Galifianakis.

“So I think that’s kind of a sad-but-funny state of affairs. And as far as what we could do about it, I mean the money in politics is just a problem, that’s not a left or right thing to me I just think that money pollutes the process,” added Mr. Galifianakis.

The “Hangover” star did not attack any elected officials from either party and did not say whether he would be voting for President Barack Obama or presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney either. He did say though that his character in the film was influenced by the campaign that his uncle once ran in North Carolina, which he said “is actually studied in political science classes because it was one of the first [campaigns with] really heavy modern mud-slinging and using race-baiting.”

The actor also talked about how he once worked as a staff member for the Michael Dukakis campaign in North Carolina reaching out to voters over the telephone.

“The Campaign” will be in theaters August 10th.



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