Art imitated life for the cast of “Indignation” — many of whom saw their film about intolerance in the 1950s as an allegory for our current political climate.
Logan Lerman, starring as a Jewish kid from New Jersey who winds up confronting prejudice while attending college in Ohio, says his character’s experiences hardly seem retro.
“The xenophobia is still present,” he told us at the “Indignation” screening at MoMA. “The slut shaming, and things like that. I wasn’t talking about the Republican convention in particular, but the times that we live in, in general.”
“Affluenza” star Ben Rosenfield had a similar feeling of familiarity while filming this period piece based on the Philip Roth novel.
Actor Logan Lerman says that it’s starting to feel like old times — and not in a good way.
“I think it is timely in that it has to do with an era in which there is a lot of people out there repressing ideas and beliefs,” he told us. “We see a movement going on in this country attempting to do the same thing.”
Rosenfield had no problem saying that he was referring to Donald Trump’s campaign and the way the GOP nominee “instills fear” the same way demagogues did in the ’50s — with a couple of differences.
“It was Jews then and gay people and black people,” he said. “But it’s just about making people scared.”
Actor Pico Alexander attends the “Indignation” New York premiere at the Museum of Modern Art.
Pico Alexander, a New York native who made his feature film debut in 2014’s “A Most Violent Year,” didn’t want to point fingers, but he took his castmate’s points.
“I think people are prejudiced about anything that is not them,” he said. “And it comes in different waves. Yeah. I wouldn’t really want to specify.”
The closer Trump goose-steps toward the White House, the more vocal the entertainment community has gotten in their efforts to reach voters. On Tuesday, more than 100 celebrities, including Mark Ruffalo, Shonda Rhimes, Lena Dunham, Bryan Cranston, Neil Patrick Harris, Kerry Washington and Julianne Moore, signed a petition at UnitedAgainstHate.com to urge like-minded people to come together and stop The Donald from becoming commander-in-chief.