HOLLYWOOD — Hollywood has been hitting the campaign trail in force during the election home stretch, with industryites popping up like locusts in key swing states.
Besides Bruce Springsteen, who helped orchestrate the Vote for Change tour before hitting the road with John Kerry, last-minute campaigners have included fellow Garden State singer Jon Bon Jovi with veep candidate John Edwards, Jake Gyllenhaal talking up the Democratic nominee to college students in Michigan and Larry David making sex jokes to Florida seniors.
Native son Kerry even managed a photo op with TV producer and Boston Red Sox co-owner Tom Werner Sunday at a New Hampshire rally.
Even more incongruous sightings: “Punk’d” star Ashton Kutcher — a college dropout — advising Carleton College students during a Minnesota pitstop for Kerry; and Vanessa Carlton, pink Doc Martens and all, at the Sheet Metal Workers Union Hall in Philadelphia during MoveOn.org’s rally Saturday.
George Bush‘s re-election team has had less star power to draw upon, making the most of campaign stops by action star-turned-California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Country singers such as the Oak Ridge Boys and Brooks & Dunn have done their best to add extra entertainment value to the Republican campaign.
On the nondenominational side, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs has continued to exhort those of age to “Vote or Die” in his own slightly menacing fashion. Late last week, he hopscotched from Wayne State U. in Detroit to Philly’s Temple U., then Miami.