Does California have a new actor-turned-politician on the horizon? Earlier this month at a Los Angeles event for African-American Heritage Month, LeVar Burton leaned over to Danny Glover and suggested, "Maybe you ought to run for governor."
Glover laughed and denied any interest when recounting the story, but noted: "Well, we had one actor [governor] already."
"I'd rather keep pushing from the outside," Glover told Yeas & Nays of his political future. But he wouldn't name a current politician he'd like to play in a movie, either, joking that he'd rather play "myself."
Whether politician or activist, Glover doesn't skirt the issues. "We should abolish guns," he said. Gun control, to Glover, is a "prelude to the end of violence."
Last month at Texas A&M University, he claimed the Second Amendment represented citizens' "right to protect themselves from slave revolts, and from uprisings by Native Americans." Glover doubled-down on those comments, saying, "Nobody said I was telling an untruth."
The liberal activist made his debut as spokesman for African Passion Wines Wednesday night at D.C.'s Eatonville Restaurant. The District is a good place to tout wine with a cause, Glover joked, because it has an "acculturated audience."
"We're connecting a good wine with a process that we see happening in South Africa," he explained. Glover, through the TransAfrica human rights and social justice advocacy forum, is helping bring to the States a wine that is partly owned by South African workers.
Glover once owned 12 acres of Chardonnay grapes in Sonoma, and sold grapes to director/vintner Francis Ford Coppola. "From owning my own small acreage of wine, I learned a lot about it," Glover said, identifying himself as partial to the reds.