From the box office to the ballot box; film directors, or entertainers, here in the US really couldn’t stage such a coup. Arnold Schwarzenegger doesn’t really count – he never invented a new political party, merely piggy-backed on an old one. Clint Eastwood is probably the only director who is liked and trusted enough by the majority of Americans to do something like this:
Bosnia’s Oscar-winning film director Danis Tanovic launched a new political party on Saturday in a bid to rise above the ethnic divisions that beset the nation. The 38-year-old filmmaker, whose “No Man’s Land” movie about the absurdity of war won the Oscar for best foreign language film in 2001, said he hoped the new “Our Party” would appeal to those disillusioned people who have not bothered to vote in recent elections.
“This is an attempt to move the things forward from the present deadlock and we can offer a new choice to Bosnians who have been complaining for years there is nobody adequate they could vote for,” Tanovic said at the party convention.
Some political commentators believe Tanovic’s stature could translate into success at the ballot box.