Kirk Douglas, 95, talks to Variety’s David Cohen about the blacklist and how it relates to today:
“The blacklist period was so divisive in the country, much like the period now. For example, years ago McCarthy was shouting about communists in the Congress, and right now we have Allan West, a representative from Florida, saying there are communists in Congress. And when you say ‘Name them,’ he refuses. That’s fear-mongering.
“And you have (Michele) Bachmann criticizing the Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, who I think is doing a very good job, because she has a Muslim assistant, who (Bachmann) thinks is like a terrorist. And that’s unsubstantiated.
“So in many ways, when I made ‘Spartacus’ the climate was similar to the climate we’re having now. And what I mean by that is, there are too many Republicans, too many Democrats, and not enough Americans.”