MSNBC’s Chris Matthews was interviewing Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis on Hardball Tuesday, when he asked the duo whether they believed their upcoming film The Campaign would inspire young people to vote.
After proudly playing his own cameo in the film, Matthews said: “Let me ask you a serious question. I watched the movie last night with my two boys, and I was thinking– they’re in their twenties, well one just turned thirty– but I was thinking, is this going to help young people their age vote?”
Rather than directly respond, Ferrell asked: “What did they say?”
“Well, they’re going to vote because I’m going to talk to them about it and I’m going to encourage it…” Matthews began.
“Although, one of my kids is now to the left of Obama, which I gotta work on a little bit…” the Hardball host added. “He’s a perfectionist. He’s mad about GITMO…a lot of people are.”
Viewers are then forced to ask if, by Matthews’ reasoning, the further left you lean, the closer to perfect you become? And if political perfectionists are to the left of Obama, what does that make conservatives? Slobs?
Watch the interview, via Mediaite, below:
Though Ferrell and Galifianakis say they tried to refrain from making the movie overtly right or left-leaning, they apparently agree on campaign finance reform.
Responding to Matthews’ question about the “evils” of the Koch brothers, Ferrell said that they first tried to get people in the door with a funny film but, “underneath that, there’s that message of, you know, we need to keep an eye on this, otherwise this system is not [going] to work…”
Galifianakis added: “If a couple of 17-year-olds see the movie and they’re not really politically aware, and they discuss it after the movie– all of the money and Citizens United, that’s a good discussion for teenagers to start having, I think.”
Matthews concluded: “I think people ought to see this movie…It’s a great movie for the summer– lot of fun, lot of truth in it.”
(H/T: Weasel Zippers)